When is a child ready to learn to write? When he is ready! That’s the best answer, although not very helpful. You cannot teach a child to write before his or her muscles and coordination are developed enough to hold a pencil, make tiny marks and notice details. Often toddlers are still a bit far-sighted. That’s why, if you want to teach them to read or write, use LARGE LETTERS. For reading, they should be reading flashcards with letters that are at least five inches tall.
To help them develop coordination in their fingers- do lots of the following activities:
Early Writing Activities:
There are many sites that will print off practice letters for your child to trace. Kid Zone lets you spell the child’s name, then it prints it off six times on a single sheet. First School prints off single letters of the alphabet, in several print styles.
Generally, your child should be able to write his name by kindergarten. It is rare to be able to write much more than that at a younger age, they just lack the eye-hand coordination to succeed. The more you can do to help your child, the better his handwriting will be in Kindergarten. Vary activities, though. After a few minutes of close-up work, have your child do something active and physical, allowing his eyes to rest. You don’t want to strain his eyes and perhaps cause a vision problem in the future.