1. This post is for all parents, no matter what form of education they choose for their children, though homeschooling parents might take a more formal interest. I usually don't write homeschool tutorials because, frankly, there are oodles of fantastic blogs out there written by parents with lots of great, creative tips, and I think they've covered almost everything. It's like writing a cookbook: unless you have a special niche, your knowledge has probably already been shared before. Not that I shouldn't share this anyway, of course, but I don't feel qualified to reinvent the wheel.
2. This post doesn't mean that your preschooler will learn how to write all of the letters in a week or a month. Every child has his/her own pace and style of learning. This is just to give parents a few ideas if they want to encourage their child to learn to write, assuming that the child is ready.
3. I am not a professionally trained writing teacher. If you know of a better way, then by all means, use it! Share your thoughts! I also want to stress that I don't think that preschoolers *should* learn how to write at a very young age, but if they are ready and eager, they should be able to have the option to try.
Okay, all of that said, the first question: Is your preschooler ready to learn how to write? The following things should be in place before trying to write:
1. Child can easily recognize all of the letters of the alphabet.
2. Child has developed an array of fine motor skills, such as properly holding a fork or toothbrush, putting pegs in holes, and so forth.
3. Child shows an interest in writing, such as wanting to copy pictures or pretending to write.
As a mom/teacher, it's up to me to encourage the child's interest and frequency of practice, and if necessary, to alter my approach. For example, as I've written before, my older daughter seems to be more visual in her learning style. She needs to see (or now, read about) something to learn it. However, my younger daughter seems to be more kinesthetic in her learning style: she needs to touch it, feel it, experience it. The two styles are not mutually exclusive, but for me, it's easier to know my child's strengths in order to teach them in the best way.
|This magnetic slate with examples of letters was a thrift shop find!|
|Having big sister teach little sister how to write...|
|...makes little sister an eager learner!|