6 year old really slow writer (half an a4 page in week)(5 Posts)
My 6 year old has always been slow writing. She is excellent at reading and can read anything you put in front of her. She's regularly reads the bed time story to her little sister and can read anything she likes. She is very clever and can recite back anything she has learnt at school. But when it comes to writing she is slow, painfully slow and spends all her time day dreaming.
She loves art and when in reception regularly came home with items she had made. But very rarely with written work. She just doesn't seem to like writing (and does struggle getting some letters and numbers the right way round). She can write all letters but just gets some of them the wrong way round and as her teacher says she knows all her gramma and punctuation perfectly. It is just her speed. She is slow and not just a bit but so much so the teacher pulled me aside this morning to show me her weeks worth of writing. She had done just half an A4 page. The teacher is concerned she is so slow in getting things down (they have an assessment on Monday).
Does anyone have any advice on how to improve her concentration and help her speed up with writing? Amy tips from teachers who have experienced similar pupils (her teacher is just out of uni so not really any experience with children like this- don't get me wrong nothing against her she is a great teacher just in this situation we could do with some input from a more experienced teacher).
Any advice? Anyone been through the same?
Y1 or Y2 6 yr old?
My Y2 6 yr old is a slow writer.
Every other week they do "big write" and by the end of this year, expectation is a page of A4 in 45 mins.
We manage about half that....
His spelling is appalling, and don't think that helps.
Over Easter, we made him do a diary entry every evening. Over the fortnight it was amazing to see the progress.
We also talked through just getting on with it when he had an idea about part of the day, and then once that was sorted, writing another paragraph.
We also get the topic of the writing at the beginning of the week, and I will write out his ideas about the topic as a brain storm, and get him to talk it through a couple of times.
It's also obvious when there is a topic that he is interested in, rather than having to be creative (so the assessed work was describe something frightening, and he'd had to spend time with the police the week before, for eg).
So, I'd say
*make sure nothing physical is stopping her (eyes, motor skills, pain on writing)
* find something she wants to write about, and do that, trying to do an extra line or two each time
and the time constraint of starting 45 mins before a favoured TV programme starts is amazing - tho that might not work in a land of digiboxes and Pausing live tv
If she has the 'ideas' but it is mainly the physical chore of writing that is the problem, then I often suggest DICTATING her ideas to a tape recorder, or a phone that records. She can then listen to it back, make changes if necessary, then at a future time write or type it on a computer.
Breaking it into manageable 'chunks' may help.
Y1 6 year old.
She has the ideas and can tell you the story but she just finds the process of writing a chore and is very easily distracted by things that she can see (other kids, books, posters, anything).
We started with practicing writing today when she got home, will have her write a diary type thing each night to help her general writing speed. Need to work on her concentration too. Was thinking a reward chart type system whereby I get input from the teacher on if she has been concentrating and working faster than normal as additional monitvation to save up stars for some sort of special treat ...
Google dysgraphia, that might be helpful. My daughter is very similar. Reading is ok, it's getting words down on the page that is a problem. I also recommend a dictaphone or similar for her to say sentences before she writes them; also mind maps/other types of preparation before she actually writes might be useful.
But also as Desert says, check her fine motor skills - how she holds the pen and so on. She might benefit from a pen like this one or rubber pencil grips; also writing slopes like this one can help.
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