Hi... my LO is very interested in learning his letters and i was planning on getting him the All About Reading Pre-Reading for the fall. (He will be four in Oct and i figure he will like the puppet and such). He has some sensory issues (he's a seeker), speech, feeding, and fine motor skill delays and i was talking to his OT about it. She recommended for writing to get Handwriting w/out tears for pre-k due to the wood letters and such.
I am definitely of the approach that a little goes a long way and i don't want to overload him. He wants to learn his letters and such and since they are working on fine motor skills i wonder if it would be good to get the Handwriting w/out tears instead or both. Both are huge investments... thoughts? Does Handwriting w/out tears pre-k help w/fine motor skills? He has retained reflexes so that doesn't help.
We read aloud and play and play but since he was showing interest i thought i would get something more structured for him Also Handwriting w/out tears seems like a bigger investment then he all about reading... what do you really need?
You don't really need anything to teach writing letters but a writing utensil and paper.
I found using the proper lined paper works best, which is easily found anywhere - walmart, dollar stores, even craft stores.
I taught my kids to write starting at age 1. I would trace the letters with a finger to help them learn the order and how to write them.
From age 2-3 I hold their hand while they write, helping guide them like training wheels, loosening my grip here and there and bringing back my force and guidance if they get too sloppy with it.
Then from age 3-4 it is all self-writing on the proper lined paper, and the workbooks you can buy at the dollar store that are the letter traceables and writing space to practice. A buck a pop, and a book lasts about a month. I do a letter a day, and when the book is done just buy another. Practice, practice, practice.
4-5 I begin letting them try and write on wide ruled paper, so they have to learn to imagine the middle line. Sometimes I draw a very light yellow line down the middle of the TOP writing space just so that they see there is a line there, I use a ruler to keep it straight, and often that is enough to keep them mindful not to write their lowercase letters gigantic haha.
But seriously - if I were you I would start at the beginning of this process and work your way through. You likely won't need a year of finger tracing letters, for example, but just follow your child's lead. I find that writing curriculum is just not as effective in both my kids as I have seen following this simply old fashioned method. It is more hands on for the teacher, but you also get a lot better grasp of where your student is.