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    Default Teaching toddlers to write.

    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?

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    If he's interested, there's no reason not to. Tracing letter sheets and asking him to draw letters in a tray of sand or similar would be fun

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruby_Tuesday15 View Post
    If he's interested, there's no reason not to. Tracing letter sheets and asking him to draw letters in a tray of sand or similar would be fun
    Oh tracing in sand that’s a great idea! Thank

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    My 2nd son (4yo with special needs) is currently learning to write. On recommendation from his OT, we get him to do it big on butchers paper or white board etc, and slowly make it smaller and smaller. To help with the motor movements.
    I also recommend if you are going to get tracing ones, ones like this are good as it gives some sample ones to trace but room to copy them next to it. Otherwise they can get hung up on the tracing aspect itself.

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    That book looks perfect! Where did you get that from? I’vehad a very quick look at some, but the letters looked way too small.

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    I picked it up randomly at Coles one day. It's full of different activities but we aren't up to those yet. My son can't recognise letters, he can only "draw" his name.

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    This is the cover in case you see it anywhere

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    Google pre-school writing activities. In sand (as pp mentioned), out of play doh, paint with water onto concrete, there are so many!

    My DD got into reading eggs at 3.5. I had to do the mouse for her at that age, she would point to the screen. They have books that go with it that support handwriting learning in modern cursive.

    A big recommendation for any child learning to write before school is to focus learning on lower case, adding capitals later.

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    I would try to find one that has same/similar font to what is used in schools in your state otherwise he will be forming the wrong habits when it comes to writing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bezzy View Post
    I would try to find one that has same/similar font to what is used in schools in your state otherwise he will be forming the wrong habits when it comes to writing.
    You can actually buy the font for the computer and print off your own sheets.

    I have Queensland beginners font in bold, outline (with arrows showing the direction to write) and dotted so you can trace etc.

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