We are going to be finishing MFW K in a couple of days. I mentioned in a previous post that my son seems to suddenly be having some regression in handwriting. He is writing letters backward sometimes and never did before a couple weeks ago. The interesting thing is overall, his handwriting is neater and definitely getting better. He suddenly seems to be putting more effort into it. But, he is randomly making them backward. It isn't a couple of specific letters. It's random. He does the same with numbers, but that is more consistently the 3's and 7's. A couple days ago he drew me picture and wrote the word "fox" but wrote it "xoF" with the "F" backward as well as the word.
When I showed him, he knew it was wrong.
We were planning to break for a week or so between K and 1st. I'm wondering if I should break for longer to work on his handwriting first. One thought was that he isn't ready because he needs more handwriting practice. The other thought was that he will get that practice in 1st and we can break the verse over 2 days if needed. I think we may need to do that at first anyway. And, that doesn't start for a couple weeks anyway. We can work on handwriting before that. He is ready to move on with reading. I'm leaning toward moving forward as planned. My thinking being that they aren't supposed to be perfect yet. It's still "only" first grade. Any thoughts?
I think I would go ahead as planned instead of breaking to work on the writing. Probably he is just learning some new skill and it is manifesting itself by showing regression in one aspect of writing. You did mention that it is actually neater, too.
I think that this may just be a "thing" that some kids this age go through, because I have seen it often in similarly-aged children at church. It seems to happen right when they stop copying words as a whole unit and start really
thinking more about the individual letters and how they work to make the word. I'm trying to think of an example of seeing it in individual parts instead of as a whole.... sort of ike instead of just copying a star as best they can (which ends up looking like some sort of exploding burst with too many points), they break it down into sections and groups of small triangles and start getting the right number of points. I believe that as our children are beginning readers, they begin seeing words more as parts instead of whole units to be copied, and those parts can get mixed around a bit. Just a theory.
A few weeks ago, my daughter (about the same age) who never reversed words showed me something she'd written on the porch in chalk.... suseJ
. When I pointed out that it was wrong, she saw the error, washed it off, and re-wrote it correctly. Now, she has been able to write "Jesus" from memory since she was 3. But suddenly she reversed it?!? I was kind of freaked out for a moment. She did it a couple more times at random then hasn't since.
I knew twin girls (identical) a few years ago in Sparks. They were just finishing up K. All of a sudden one of the girls started writing her name reversed... HARAS. She had always written it correctly before, but in capitals, all year long. It stopped within a couple weeks. My thought was that it was too bad it wasn't the other girl who was reversing. Her name was HANNAH.
Just some rambling theories. It seems common, and passing.
I say go on with doing First soon...
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