Preschool question

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Registered: 08-24-2008
Preschool question
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Tue, 08-28-2012 - 6:46pm

Ok, I know that you all gave me great resources to look at and I have found SO MANY cool things to do with my DS at home on days that he is not at preschool.  I've noticed all of his art that he brings home is scribbled circles.  Prior to going to school he never showed much interest in coloring or drawing, even though I tried to introduce it a few times.  Now that he is about to turn 4 though, I'd really like to work with him on holding a writing utensil correctly and learning to write his name, trace letters, etc.  Am I pushing too fast? Should I wait until he shows interest? Should I be concerned about the art he brings home? I am proud of his art, don't get me wrong! Everything he has brought home is proudly displayed on our refrigerator, and I am getting a scrapbook to put everything in.....but today he brought home a paper that had a capital on it, and I believe they were to trace the letter....he scribbled all over the paper.  lol so i thought maybe it would be a good time to try working on this at home...thoughts?

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Registered: 08-24-2008
Wed, 08-29-2012 - 12:43pm

Thanks I'm looking it up now! Yes he olds the pencil wrong, in his fist. I have just started today working with him to hold the pencil correctly. I will let you know how things go!

Pregnancy%20ticker
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Registered: 08-05-2007
Wed, 08-29-2012 - 2:03pm

I don't worry about any of this.  I don't do preschool.  I just provide lots and lots of quality toys and activities that encourage fine motor skills ie crayons, paints, mazes, play doh, lacing cards, stamps and stamp-pads, water play, sand play,  nuts and bolts, LEGOS(I should own stock in them) etc.  Most of these skills will develop on their own without interference.  My daughter will be 4 in October and I'm still not sure about her handedness so if I pushed, I could do damage.  I think she will be left-handed but still occasionally she uses her right.  So I don't want to push and let her develop naturally.  I'm an encourager.  I think part of my philosophy evolved out of the fact that my 3 yo is my fifth child.  I had my first child in a playgroup at 6 weeks old :smileyhappy:

I do like Handwriting Without Tears and I start in kindergarten.

 

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Registered: 01-06-2000
Thu, 08-30-2012 - 2:01pm

I wouldn't worry about holding a pencil correctly yet...or that he scribbles instead of tracing.  Boys and girls develop differently, and "school"...especially early learning...is often girl-oriented.  Girls develop their fine motor skills first, and then their gross motor skills.  Boys, otoh, develop gross motor skills first.  They're not ready to sit still and work on fine motor things at age 4 or 5...or even 6 sometimes.  You'll know when he's ready to work on fine motor skills because you'll either notice a refinement in his "writing skills" (he'll start drawing pictures instead of scribbles, or start asking you how to write letters or his name), or he'll notice how you hold your pencil and he'll ask you to show him how.  You can show him now, but I wouldn't stress over it if he's not interested in what you show him and/or goes back to the fist hold.

FWIW, my dd and my ds developed very differently in their writing skills.  My dd could write almost all of her letters (because she wanted to, not because I forced her to!) before she was even 3.  She was at the point of asking how you spell a word and then handing us the paper with the word written on it.  My ds...the boy...is 10 and it's still an act of torture getting him to put pencil to paper.  He can.  He just doesn't like to.  His writing is still very child-like.  I figure he'll be a brilliant scientist like his grandpa and use a computer and what his writing looks like won't matter :smileyhappy:  That said, he is developing some nice artistic skills.  He's been doing ceramics for several years and his creations last year were quite detailed.  He made me a vase for Mother's Day and it has a nice floral scene painted on it...and does not look like a 9 year old (at the time) made it!  If he's in the mood, he dabbles with drawing and painting, and again, his designs show creativity and an eye for detail.  So where fine motor skills are concerned, he's just happier being artistic (especially if he's being artistic with big sister) than having to write a sentence :smileywink:


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