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How to teach writing and spelling to Preschooler?

Postby momresource » Tue May 26, 2009 11:28 am

I would like to seek advice from parents here.

I have self-taught my 4year old to read by reading to him since young and he is able to read quite independently. I had recently started him on writing as we just determined his dominant hand, then I realized that he can't write. I have spoken to some friends who sent their children to ICR, zoophonics and other phonics schools and they had advice me to use letter sound and blends. What I have done is to break the word into individual letter and say the letter out, he just follow and write. But then again, he will forget how to write the same word again at the next instance. Get him to read the word, no problem. But get him to spell out or write out, totally OUT and CAN'T! How do you parents teach your kid's to write out the word and spelling?

I just called up a phonics school near my place and they told me that my son's level, mainly focus to teach the kid how to read. There is no class meant for writng and spelling.

Do you have any recommendations for enrichment centre/school that teach writing and spelling?

Btw, whenever he writes, letter s becomes no. 3, letter p becomes letter q. Does it means he is "dylexia"? or is it passing stage?

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Re: How to teach writing and spelling to Preschooler?

Postby schellen » Tue May 26, 2009 11:40 am

momresource wrote:Btw, whenever he writes, letter s becomes no. 3, letter p becomes letter q. Does it means he is "dylexia"? or is it passing stage?


Sorry, I can't help you with the first few questions but concerning this, you shouldn't be so concerned. My DD started out writing like this too but she definitely is not dyslexic. I think all children go through this stage. You just have to remind them and show them how to write it the correct way. (Don't dwell on the wrong way or it'll get imprinted in their minds.)

My DD took a while, maybe a few months, before she started realising on her own that it was wrong. Before that, we had to point it out to her. Sometimes, she'll overlook the errors and we'll point them out. Then, she'll say, "Oh, yeah!", think for a while for the correct way before correcting them. By the time she was 6+, she could write "normally".

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Postby momresource » Tue May 26, 2009 12:09 pm

Hi schellen,
Thanks for your post. I have write out a few words past few nights and asked him to copy... the frequency occurred much lesser than I said out the letter and have him write on the blank paper. I guess it is lots of practicing will help in this case!

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Postby metz » Wed May 27, 2009 11:01 pm

Hi momresource,

Just thought I'll share with you what my soon turning 4 year old is doing for writing. Recently, she suddenly goes into a message-writing craze. She would try to write messages such as Mom/Dad, I love you so much etc to us. In return, she requests that I write her messages too. Though this is not something we initiated (totally no clue where she gets the idea), I gladly join in the fun as I can see she truly enjoys writing to us. Whenever she needs a word, she will ask either me or her brother for help. Depending on the word, I may encourage her to spell by segmenting the word. To me, it's a great way to learn to spell as well as to write proper sentences (especially it's initiated by her). Only with more fun. Maybe you can try it with your son to encourage him to write. But don't be frustrated if he doesn't like writing now.

As for writing laterally inverted letters/numbers, my girl does have this problem too. Usually, I will just ask her to think twice. Otherwise, I'll show her and ask her to write them again. Can't blame her cos I haven't been making her to write.

Have fun!
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Postby momresource » Thu May 28, 2009 9:37 am

Hi chamonix,

Looking at your thread, I realised that I have not been making writing fun for him. In fact, we don't have a routine to do coloring/writing as he didn't have a dominant hand and he ended up using both hands... haiz! To him, reading is fun, writing is chores! Anyway, I decided that we should begin to write then I discovered that apart from letters flying all over the page, mirrored letters/numbers, he also can't write/spell out the word.

Yes, I would have him write letters (rather than writing just the letter) as he is always looking forward to opening letterbox for surprise parcels (including me) eversince I joined the other forum that has many BP and oversea spree. Really tempting and trying to restain myself to log on keke...

Reading and writing are really very different.

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Postby metz » Thu May 28, 2009 3:31 pm

Hi momresource,

Reading and Writing are two skills as different as day and night for a toddler or preschooler. For writing, the child needs to have good fine motor skills to grip the pencil correctly, exert the right amount of strength to make lines and squiggles on the paper. Not an easy task. That's why pre-writing skills is very important. If your son has not started on it at home or in school, it is good to get him started on tracing lines/pictures/letters/words. Then again, writing skill is not something that can be pushed. Depending on the child, some may not enjoy writing at such young age. My son is such a kid. He simply detested letter tracing or colouring activities when he was younger. But he has pretty good penmanship now. I attributed that to the maturity of fine motor skills with age. So, don't fret too much.

Letter writing is a great idea! Is your son attending any nursery/kindergarten? If he does, maybe you can encourage him to write notes to teachers/classmates? I remember some kids (that I know from another forum) started letter writing to each other towards the end of their N2 year. They enjoyed the joy of sending and receiving letters greatly. Another mother got her son to write greeting cards to relatives and friends. Prior to grocery shopping, it's also a good idea to engage your son's help to list down (in print) things that you need to get. Does your son like to draw? My son used to label the pictures he drew when he was 4+. Birthdays also present a chance for writing. I would get my son to write the Birthday wishes and names of friends himself. There are endless fun opportunities to learn about words and writing. My personal view - spelling is totally unnecessary at this moment. Rather, help them to discover the joy of writing. :D

But if your son shows an aptitude for spelling (some young kids do), it can be done in a fun way too. Try verbal spelling if your son is not comfortable with writing. Or you may get something similar to this to encourage learning and play. :celebrate:
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