Letters: a progression

6 years ago

Almost a year ago I wrote about my son (then 3.5) starting to write letters. But just as soon as he started he also suddenly stopped. For some reason his curiosity about writing faded, and we just let it be. I have no concerns over this boy's ability to learn what he needs to know. He's deeply motivated to explore and discover and always has been. So, I'm happy just going with the flow. But I would be lying if I didn't say that I was begining to wonder when he would start trying to write again... and then he did.

He was so proud of how he wrote his cousin's name

It's amazing to see just how much better he forms the letters. He started writing his cousin's name over and over and trying to make the letters smaller each time. I guess it's just related to dexterity development because it certainly isn't due to practice.

The best part is that I used to write the letter to show him first and then he'd copy it, but now he just thinks about what the letter looks like and then tries it himself. The other thing that is helpful is that I added some posters on the wall in the playroom [you can see the world map I added in this picture]. One of the posters is the inspirational one I blogged about earlier. So, when J was stumped on how to make an "S" he was able to look at that poster and copy the letter.

Learning is such a beautiful thing. And it's fun watching him progress from needing my help to slowly being able to visualize and create the letters all by himself. The best part is that he was beaming with pride after successfully writing each word on the blackboard. Gotta love that ;)

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