Raiyan really does not like to write. Ironically he already knew how to write when he was 2 and a half years old at his old school. But I have a feeling that he kinda overdosed on it after having to do writing homeworks at every weekends (!!)
But when he went to ISB and into Reception (Kindy II), we were surprised to discover that the students were not taught writing skills at that stage yet but only just learning to hold the pencil properly. The trouble with Raiyan was he was already accustomed to holding the pencil and to be writing a certain way which unfortunately happened to be the less than correct way to do it.
So the overhaul had to be done by Kerri and Jo in trying to re-teach Raiyan to write that together with the earlier assumed overdose from his old school, has caused him to just dread doing it.
Now that he is in Year 1, as I have said before there is going to be much more writing than last year, (in fact a huge leap from before) so it is our job to constantly get him to practise and practise in writing. As Jo said, just seeing him holding a pencil is good enough!
So I managed to fit in some writing time with Raiyan just now during my lunch break, and Alhamdulillah, he was very receptive (well especially since we were talking about animals! But hey it’s a start)...
Instead of just copying, I made him TRY to write things that we were saying together. He would still often ask what letter comes next but instead of telling him straight I would first ask him what he thinks from the phonetic sound the word makes.
I of course praised him endlessly when he finished writing his whole sentence and he actually looked so proud of himself when he saw the final product and when I took a picture of it. I hope that will encourage more future writings! Amin!
P.S:-The title on top was written by me in order to entice him to come over to the table and start writing in the first place! Oh and of course we had to place the animal figurines at the side just for extra happiness points!:D