Is there a right way to teach kids to write? My 2 year old (3 in april) has had a big interest in letters and numbers for the last 3-4 months. He reads letters in signs, number plates, tv commercials etc. and wherever we are he wants to stop and point out letters, i.e. number plates inrows of cars, signs on buildings. He’ll get quite cranky if we don’t let him read out all the letters. We had some flashcards and he gets them and wants me to hold them up etc. What I’m still not sure of is how I should be teaching him to write? He can write almost every letter and numbers 1-9, most I can recognise what they are but he’s more “drawing”some of the harder the letters from memory rather than a fluid writing (causehe’s 2 J ). He makes letters out of his toast every morning, i.e. will bite it into a W and then break it and make a J, he makes letters out of his train tracks etc. Arranges his cheese sticks in shapes of letters.
Should I be printing off letter sheets and trying to get him to trace them? I don’t want to push him at all, he just seems to have a real appetite for it at the moment, he gets quite excited by letters but I’m not sure if there is a way kids get taught to write in preschool etc. or I should just let him do it himself? He wants to write letters in chalk or on paper every day, and enjoys doing it for quite awhile. I’ve borrowed a friends sight words sheet for preschool and gets very excited by those, he’s learnt about 5 words in the last 2 weeks. I wasn’t sure if I should start getting him to trace letters or if he’s just too young for that?