It is no secret how I feel about teaching handwriting to children under 6. 😝 With my oldest three boys, it made me feel like I was torturing them. (My oldest girl has been gifted with drawing abilities from a very young age.)
So last fall when my twins were 5 and officially kindergarten age, I decided I wasn't going to teach it until they seemed ready.
I wrote their names on their drawings and papers whenever they wanted me to (with them looking on).
I reminded them of pencil grip when they held pencils and crayons.
I let them play with Legos, fingerpaint with shaving cream, salt trays and cornmeal trays, form playdoh letters, and all manner of things that improve fine motor skills.
I put an alphabet train up on the wall for them to be inspired.
Earlier this year, the child psychologist told me that Tater possibly had dysgraphia.
Today I got out their kindergarten level handwriting books and they eagerly sat down next to me (one at a time) and did 7 pages each.
Then I put it away. They begged to do more in the afternoon and tomorrow and the next day and next day and a next day.
There is no pressure or testing in my home telling them what they should be doing academically. Even as twins I do not compare one to the other in learning.
Since when did Heavenly Father create people to do things at exactly the same age as their peers?
I try to celebrate my children's uniqueness. When they are ready, they thrive.