For Little Man, it was obvious he was not ready to print last year. His fine motor skills were just not developed enough. My goal last year was to help him learn how to hold a pencil properly and get him printing his name. Other then that, I did not make him do much printing. Instead, I gave him activities to do to help improve his fine motor skills, like placing marbles on top of golf tees or picking up pussy willows with tweezers. Over the summer he did almost no printing at all, as most of our school work consisted of outside projects.
This past week, as we have been getting into our new school year, he has shown me that he is not only ready to print, he is going nuts with it! He has finished three workbooks! The other day, when I showed the kids some of their new workbooks, Little Man sat down and decided to do every single maze in his new maze book! That was 64 mazes!! Then he went through his Thomas and Friends Alphabet Workbook and his Thomas and Friends Numbers and Counting Workbook. Best of all, not once have I actually had to tell him to do his school work! Every time he has sat down with a workbook it has been because he decided that he wanted to do it!
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