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My grandson is 4 yrs old and is doing everything and above for his age except writing. He reads all red and blue dot books with an exception of 'big words' sounding most out but he will not write. He has playdough to strenghthen his fingers but nothing helps. We dont think its because he can't it's just he won't. He will only write the first letter in his name.Is there anything or way we can encourage him to write? Please Help!




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My grandson is 4 yrs old and is doing everything and above for his age except writing. He reads all red and blue dot books with an exception of "big words" sounding most out but he will not write. He has playdough to strenghthen his fingers but nothing helps. We dont think its because he can't it's just he won't. He will only write the first letter in his name.Is there anything or way we can encourage him to write? Please Help!


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LiviaMcCoy writes:
Your grandson probably does not have the fine-motor control to be able to write yet. I would encourage him to color using large colors and draw on the sidewalk with colored chalk. He will begin to write when the neurons in his fingers are correctly communicating with his brain. Celebrate that he is reading and doing so many other things early and don't worry about his writing letters.
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mzshorty writes:
make your child practice make sure she or he is confidence and want to learn when he or she come from school make he or she practice while having fun with cards that you write on or let he or she playy games about writting and games that tell he or she how important to learn and know how to write in life
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bestgrandma writes:
Be patient with him. Find which hand he is most comfortable with and let him use that hand. If his name is "John" when he's practicing his "J's" let him practice with his finger first, (write the J in the air), then give him the pencil or crayon, and let him practice with that in the air (example: start at the top, go down, make a hook, and put a hat on top) Keep practicing that way, then have him do it a couple of times on paper. Once he's mastered the first letter practice on the next and so on. Or, if you can write the alphabet in large letters for him, and have him trace the letters with his fingers first, and then have him practice writing them. Find some shapes that you can associate with his name, and let him draw or trace those shapes, and then have him practice his name.
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