Originally Posted by aishamama
Does anyone know what the typical age is when children start writing sentences?
I don't really want him to type them out as I'd like him to improve his handwriting first. Is that what you all would recommend?
What are you doing int his regard and what's the normal age that typical children do this?
Where we are this in an end of K skill and K is 5-6 years old here.
My suggestion is do nothing and let him follow his interest. What's the harm in typing really? If it's a comfortable medium for him I'd let him stick with it. In the process he will develop other skills (spelling, spacing, computer literacy, etc.). He's handwriting in other mediums on his own as well so both ways he's working on fine motor skills. It sounds like he has great fine motor skills so I'm not sure what the purpose on handwriting emphasis would get you really.
I had been told that it's difficult to teach a child to write letters a different way when they've already learned one way but this was not the case for either of our girls. Here's our experience with our two DD's:
DD1 started writing simple sentences when she was an older 2, things like "I love mom" and "DD's name
loves dad". By three she was writing cards and letters to family; "I miss you dadad. I want you to come home. I love you. I am mad you are not here" etc.. It was her favorite pastime and I rarely actually showed her how to form letters. Most of the time I verbally explained it but she'd form them however she wanted. I was not concerned with handwriting or penmanship at all except to suggest she try to write smaller so as not to use up so much paper.
Sometimes I would get even lazier and she would tell me what she wanted to write, I would write it down and she would use that as guide.
In K they taught handwriting; how to 'properly' form letters. She already could write all UC and LC letters but in her own way. She did great and her penmanship was beautiful. She was not hindered at all by not having had handwriting instruction.
DD2 started to write sentences when she was 3. She wasn't as interested as her older sister so didn't spend nearly as much time doing it. We followed the same approach as above and she responded better to verbal instruction on letter formation. It was cute, she would say "B is a line down with two big fat gorgian hippos, D is a line down with one big fat gorgian hippo?". She did not like written direction on how to form letters when her older sister tried to show her 'proper' ways and was never taught handwriting either.
DD2 is in K in a virtual school and part of the curriculum is handwriting. She took to it fabulously and really loves it. Since I am the one teaching it to her (ODD went to an institutionalized and learned it there) I can see more of the process. She has the motor skills and knows the letters already so the focus is only on letter formation. DD's perception is that she is learning a faster/easier way to form the letters. In one day she went through numbers through 14 and loved it. She has since written all of her numbers the 'new' way with no other reinforcement.
If anything I would suggest to work in general on fine motor skills, but it really sounds to me like he is ahead in that area so I wouldn't worry about it at all.