Trying to get Henry focused on writing, or really anything fine-motor related, has been a struggle. He was always about movement, full of energy. Too much energy to sit still and take time to learn such a thing as writing.
Yes, it worried me. He didn’t seem to be ‘up to par’ in this area. But I let it go. He’s 3 and I know writing isn’t something they should be able to do, it was just the fine motor area in general that worried me.
So, when Henry started preschool this fall, the teachers had poked me about his hand grip and handedness. Once again. Worry struck. One day it was that he held his pencil too loosely, and the next it was too tight of a grip. But I let it go, thinking there wasn’t much I could do about it anyway. Just modeled it correctly when I got the opportunity.
Finally, in just the last couple of months, Henry’s been more and more interested in doing ‘the little things’. Don’t get me wrong, he’s still completely full of energy and moves a lot. But he now takes time to work with his hands too.
We still haven’t really worked on writing at home [although they do at school], but a couple weeks ago, we moved our chalkboard into our office area [it previously had been hung out in the garage, inaccessible].
Henry completely surprised me when he picked up the chalk.
He wrote his name.
Completely on his own.
Left to right.
He did start directly in the middle of the chalkboard, with the biggest H he could make. There’s a conversation on the hands on : as we grow Facebook page regarding this for suggestions on how to help when they’re frustration from the child when they run out of room.
Henry is 3.5 years old.