Hi AmandaAmanda wrote:My 5yr old is having some difficulty with handwriting. He is able to trace letters, and we are using the tactile activities.
However, he has a lot of trouble writing the lowercase letters. He has major trouble on the blend ladder pages. He can't make lowercase letters fit on the lines. He does not like to color either.
I know he needs practice and I don't want to skip things that will help him. However,he is reading very well , and I don't want to frustrate him. Any advice?
Your 5 yr old sounds like my oldest son who is now 8. He also doesn't like to write, draw or color. Here are some suggestions resulting from my experience.
You don't want to make him hate school, so I would ease up on the things he really doesn't like or isn't ready for...it sounds like your already doing that. I still required my son to write some...but just not as much, maybe skip some words and do what you can orally.
Maybe you can get some of that really wide lined paper with the dotted lines inbetween for preschool and kindergarten ages (at walmart) and just have him copy some short lower case words to get in some practice. Also just get him use to making lines and circles trying to keep within the lines.
I also skipped most of the coloring and drawing. Sometimes my son would like to draw or color if I would do it with him.
My son still doesn't "like" to write or draw but he is doing much better and I am content with the fact that he wasn't totally frustrated with school.
Just my two cents...hope it helps.