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    Default How well can your Y1 write?

    DS who was six in Dec writes really badly, messy, large letters hard to read. When DD finished in transition /prep she could write a page or2 writing very neatly ( spelling not so good. ) She was 6y and 8m but the difference in their writing at the same stage of school was massive. I'm a bit concerned but have no idea what yhe norm is. They just stated a new scholarships and the teacher is not very friendly so I don't want to ask her just yet but was wondering where a others were at.

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    My dd turned 6 in December as well. Her writing is quite neat and has improved a great deal since she started school. She can write smaller and straighter and the words are more even. Spelling still not great though.
    My dd has always been someone who loves to sit still and draw and colour.

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    Default How well can your Y1 write?

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    DS who was six in Dec writes really badly, messy, large letters hard to read. When DD finished in transition /prep she could write a page or2 writing very neatly ( spelling not so good. ) She was 6y and 8m but the difference in their writing at the same stage of school was massive. I'm a bit concerned but have no idea what yhe norm is. They just stated a new scholarships and the teacher is not very friendly so I don't want to ask her just yet but was wondering where a others were at.
    The difference in their ages is a big difference in development - especially for boys and girls.

    However, I would focus more on the content. I would much rather my child could write only one amazing sentence than a whole page of waffle. Not saying that your daughter's writing is waffle but to focus more on what your son has written, rather than what it looks like or how much there is.

    What is the content like?

    Some children just have messy writing.

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    I think its a boy thing.

    Girls are usually a little ahead in writing than boys are of the same age.

    My DS is 10 and his handwriting isn't ideal (but it is readable)
    My DD is 6 and her writing is much more legible.

    I work in a primary school so I see this fairly regularly. Don't stress.

    *sorry off track a little but have you checked your DS's pencil grip? At school I see some shockers (which of course affects their writing) but it needs to be corrected early, otherwise it becomes the norm for them. Just a suggestion 😊
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    Edit: am responding to op

    Are there things you can give him to do to try and improve his fine motor skills eg. Building with lego, activity/colouring in books, painting, playdoh, etc

    BigRedV makes a good point though that the content is more important than the neatness.

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    I could have almost written that OP myself!

    My DS is almost 6 and his writing is not great and his spelling leaves a lot to be desired. When he writes its just one sentence and he struggles to get the letters all the same size.

    My DD going into grade one could write a whole page or two in beautiful writing with punctuation, but she was 7 months older, and more motivated when it comes to school work.

    I think with my two the age difference at the same point is a huge part of it, plus just a very different personality. DD loved to draw and colour and DS does not, so he doesn't get the same practice and hand strengthening.

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    OP it's very normal, particularly with boys. Working on his fine motor skills will help especially if you can keep it fun, like playing pick up sticks or using chopsticks at dinner sometimes etc.

    Also, does your DS have lines on his exercise books? Lots of JP teachers I know believe that lined books can be more challenging to those who are still mastering their writing as it can constrict their hand movements while trying to write in the lines.

    I agree though - content is everything and it's too easy to give young boys a complex about writing. If he's not progressing adequately his teacher should let you know :-)

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    Thanks all. Feel a bit reassured - yes DS can't sit still if his life depended on it DD has always been happy to sit and colour and draw etc. He never really just sits and writes so what he does write is whatever the teacher has said. I was comparing their work books from the same time and that's when I really saw the difference. I know I should not compare the two of them but it's so hard not too when there is such a difference!

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    My DD and DS were light years apart going into Y1! DD had (still has!) beautiful handwriting, great concentration and wrote lovely stories with pretty drawings. DS - scrawled just to get it finished in the off chance he might get outside to play quicker! He rather do anything than sit quietly in a classroom!
    They are 10 and 12 now... DS is much better but would still much rather be outside kicking a ball

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    DS is 9 in Yr 4 and is a very ordinary writer, I've told him he has to work on it this year but that's been made difficult now his homework is to be typed!


 

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