Thursday, February 27, 2014

Writing Your Name

Aias has been going to preschool for 1.5 years, and he's the only kid who refuses to write his name on the sign in sheet when he gets to school.  He doesn't like to do things if he doesn't know he will do them perfectly, so in those cases he chooses not to do them at all.  We're really working on this.

He knows how to read his name, spell his name out loud, and knows how to type his name, but I'm still not sure if he knows how to write it.  Knowing him, there's a 50% chance he knows how to write it and just refuses, and a 50% chance he just doesn't know how to write it. 

Today I heard someone mention an entire program called "Handwriting Without Tears," so presumably he's not the only child who isn't thrilled about learning how to write.

I figured we better get on this before kindergarten starts in t-minus 6 months, so I've talked with Aias about setting the goal of him being able to write his name by the time it starts.  Google led me to a free program called Amazing Handwriting Worksheets where you can make your own handwriting sheets just like the ones we had in school as kids. The website itself doesn't have very flashy or impressive technology, but it created an awesome worksheet. I figured I'd share it here so you guys can use it too.

Here's Aias's sheet below:

I'm sort of in love with it.  It doesn't get much cooler than a handwriting worksheet generator :P Ok, maybe it does.  But this is just where I am in my parenting life at this point.

Now it's just a matter of encouraging, but not pressuring him, to practice it.  Wish me luck!

P.S. This is my 600th blog post! 

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