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May 20th, 2009, 08:03 AM
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Doing a page of pentime a day is NOT working for us. It takes hours and he fights tooth and nail. I don't think he has the hand control he drops his pencil every 3 to 4 min. (I don't feel it's purposely) and is always surprised and jumps when it happens. He hates working with his hands. Honestly I don't feel like fighting this because I don't want a hatred for writing to be fostered. He reads all the time. Will he pick up writing on his own as long as I encourage it?
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May 20th, 2009, 08:22 AM
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I am really not sure. What if you had him do one LINE a day...or 1/2 a page? I would think that if he is struggling that much, then practice is what he needs...maybe he just needs it in smaller doses?
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May 20th, 2009, 08:44 AM
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He'll probably catch on. He's still pretty young and boys tend to develop writing abilities later rather than sooner. If you are concerned, though, about him dropping the pencil so much, you might want to mention it to his doctor.

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May 20th, 2009, 11:22 AM
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Lurking here. If you don't mind the mess and want to work on letters without a pencil, you can try shaving cream. (You can even do this in the tub and it cleans great!) You can also let him write it in a pan of dry rice. He may have more fun and he is still practicing the skills.

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May 21st, 2009, 05:32 AM
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I would back off. Do some the things suggested above. Even if you only get one word out of him a day that is still progress. In the mean time see if he likes practicing typing.

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May 21st, 2009, 09:23 AM
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As of right now he doesn't even want to see the pentime book and honestly that's okay with me. I would like to get through pentime 2 before deciding whether to get 3 for this coming up year. I'm not comfortable moving to cursive when I really can't read his print if it's not in the pentime. I'll try half a page.

Should I be concerned with him dropping his pencil? I just figured after a minute or two he forgot what he was doing so it takes a little to fall out of his hand.

We tried rice and shaving cream it was to much for him but I found him burying a scooter in the sand the other day so I think it may be time to try rice or sand again.

He seems to write more but worse on his own. Typing is always an option for him maybe typing one day, sand practice the next, pentime third, and creative writing fourth day.
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