Writing is an integral part of learning as your child progresses towards kindergarten level. Once your child gets to kindergarten, it is a requirement that they can:
Hold a pencil correctly
Hold a pencil for longer periods of time
Know how to write their names (first and last)
Know how to write some of the letters of the alphabet
Know how to write some of the numbers from 0 -10
I call the kindergarten stage the beginners' stage where everyone starts at different levels depending on their prior skills learned while at home or in daycare or pre-school.
My eldest son has finished kindergarten, yeah me! However, based on my experience with him during e-learning, I highly recommended teaching your child how to write. Kindergarten is definitely a little more fast pace than pre-school and the learning curve can be high or even challenging depending on the expectations of the teacher or the school.
Based on my observations writing is done a lot more frequently at kindergarten. Therefore every opportunity that a child gets to help them prepare for writing is essential. It also enables your child to adapt much easier especially when kindergarten rolls around.
Here are 7 ways that I have used to teach my kid's the basics of handwriting before and during the kindergarten years.
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“Learning to write is necessary for kindergarten readiness. ”
1. LEARN TO WRITE MAGNETIC ALPHABET BOARD This magnetic alphabet board is easy to use and very engaging, especially with kids. Both my kids love this tool and will engage with it for at least 20 minutes to get some writing practice done. It is great with eye-to-hand coordination and developing fine motor skills and pre-school writing skills.
2. WRITING WORKBOOKS
Writing workbooks are really good tools to use especially when it comes to learning to write. The books I tend to like are the ones that are highly engaging and interactive.
It really helps with kids (like my eldest son) who are not a fan of writing. The first two books helped both my sons to start writing sooner before pre-school or kindergarten. The later book was what my son used while in kindergarten. They are all highly engaging and interactive.