I don't know about your children but getting my almost five year old son to write anything is like pulling teeth. It takes him forever to finish one sentence and then if it looks scribbled to him, he will have a fit and start over. Yet when he wants to write something on his own, no problem.
After days of nagging him to finish one page of copy work, I essentially gave up. The next morning (just to show me he could do it), he got a pencil a paper and wrote me this note. I almost fell over!
I know he can write if he wants too, so I'm going to try some sneaky ways to encourage him.
- Have him help make the shopping list.
- Write notes to Grandma, Santa, etc.
- Make an ingredient list before cooking.
- Make a list of clues to investigate.
- Write measurements before starting a project.
- Filling out checks in an old checkbook.
- Write down speaking lines to learn for a play.
- Help me label anything (files, drawers, storage boxes)
- Make an address list of who to send Christmas cards to.
- Fill out a blank calendar with important family dates.
- Write a song.
This way it won't feel like handwriting practice and he will learn about planning for things as well. If you can think of any more creative ways to inspire the pencil muse, please share!