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post #41 of 80
My perfectionistic ds didn't write his name until roughly 4.5 years old, but when he did, he did it with a capital first letter and the rest lower case letters.

DD wrote her name at approx. 3.5 years old, in all caps and still writes with all capitals today at 5.
post #42 of 80
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Originally Posted by tinyblackdot View Post
At what age could your lo write their name? Like not just copy the pictures, but actually know the letters, and write their own name, as well as ask how to spell words out and sound them out and write them? What age is average?
DS was doing all the above at 3, maybe 3.5 before he could really write to where you could read it. He was asking how to spell words and sounding out in the early-3s though.

DD, well until I read this thread, I thought she was average because she was "behind" DS. She just now started writing her name and she has been 4 for about a month. She knows and writes the whole alphabet and asks how to spell things like "Halloween," and can pretty much make it legible. Now that I think about it, though, the little girl next door who is in Pre-K and will be 5 in January is just learning letter recognition and how to write the basic upper-case letters in school. I don't think she's writing her name yet. I don't know about asking.

I know DD has been "sounding out" letter and words since she was just-turned 3. It's just recently that she's been actually writing them.
post #43 of 80
I have no idea what normal is for everyone else.

Yusuf could write his name just after 3, and at that point he could already spell out words (3&4) and write them. Now he can spell and write out more complex words and make sentences with a pencil and typing. He'll be 4 next month.
post #44 of 80
DS1 (highly gifted) and DD (not yet identified) were both just over 2. DD has a 4 letter name with only two letters (Anna), so I'm not sure she completely counts. DS1's name is 5 different letters.

DS2 is 27 months and... it won't be anytime soon. He has different gifts than his siblings.
post #45 of 80
The thread asked what is average, and where the child is able to sound the name out (actually has an idea what sounds each letter makes).
It really depends when and how the child is exposed to letters, some children won't be in a situation where they are taught any letter sounds (or where someone tries to teach them) until age 5 or 6 or maybe even older. Or the method of teaching may not suit some children, especially for their age.

My guess is the answer is just about 5yo in most developed countries.
post #46 of 80
DD1 could write her name by memory at 3. By her 4th b-day, she could write all the letters legibly. At 4.5, she is reading and writing cvc words and some sight (Dolch) words. She regularly writes our grocery list now.
post #47 of 80
My oldest is 3 yrs 3 mo and knows the letters in her name, can spell it with magnetic letters, and can write SOMETHING that she says is her name. It doesn't entirely look like it... well, sometimes it does. So she's getting there.

I taught a Sunday school class of 3 year olds a couple weeks ago... there were 19 of them and only 1 knew how to write her name. She had a 6 letter name and it was easily readable. She was also the best at coloring, she colored perfectly within the lines, it was amazing. I talked to her mom afterwards and she said that her daughter colors and writes all.day.long so she gets plenty of practice.
post #48 of 80
Moving over to Childhood Years for input on the true "average" age.
post #49 of 80
my child started at 3.5 but still writes some of the letters backwards
post #50 of 80
Dd was 6 months old when she picked up the pen for the first time to write her name.





Just kidding. I couldn't resist.


OP - I think the age range is quite large. Obviously some kids do it younger or older on their own, some do it younger or older by parent pressure. I work at a library and just conducted an early learning survey required by the state library for a grant I won for our library... the age range for writing their name was actually anywhere from about 3 years old to 5 years old. For some kids it's a matter of fine motor skills rather than their grasp of the alphabet.

ETA: the survey was only about 50 families, some with many kids, just so you know the sample size I was talking about.
post #51 of 80
I think my dd may be gifted, and as I was reading this (now in the Childhood Years forum, not gifted) and was starting to wonder if I was in some parallel universe. Then I realized most of these posts happened in the gifted forum! Whew!

Anyway, to answer the question, dd is almost 3.5. She's been going to preschool for a year. It's a Waldorf-inspired school, so there is very little emphasis on written text, but the teacher does realize most of her kids don't go to Waldorf kindergarten, so she does introduce letters. I've kind of intentionally not explicitly taught dd anything about letters because I know she'll figure it out on her own and I don't want to emphasize anything that isn't necessary for a 3-year-old's life. As soon as she starts putting letters and sounds together, though, we'll both have fun with that! She's been singing the alphabet for a LONG time and has been able to read her own name since she was 2, but her fine motor skills were a little slower to catch up. She's only been drawing things that look like anything at all for a few months. Today she wrote a P for the first time I think. So at 3.5, she is still unable to write her name, and that seems perfectly normal.

I'm a teacher and I love seeing the progerssion of the kindergarten work the teacher puts on display. At the beginning of the year not all of the kids can write their names, but it gets better as the months go on.
post #52 of 80
DS could write his (very long) name without a model when he was 3.5 or so. But his preschool had the children "sign-in" everyday so he got a lot of practice.

He's known the alphabet for about that long too, I think. He learned what sounds most of the letters make at about the same time as the alphabet.

He is just now starting to sound words out, at age 6. But he also just started K, because we decided on an extra year of preschool. So no one has really tried to teach him to sound words out before this. He knows several sight words (and actually can spell most of the kids names from his preschool class last year and from K this year because he's way more interested in that than in words). According to his teacher he can read the easy reader books. I suppose he's doing some combination of sight words, sounding it out and guessing from context (words he does know and pictures).

Catherine
post #53 of 80
Three.
DS "looked" like he was going to be gifted in the infant, toddler, and preschool years , but has panned out to be a wonderful, bright yet "normal" 6 yo.
post #54 of 80
My dd2 is 3yr9m. She has know how to spell her name for about a year now, and can recognize it written, knows the letters of her name, and can point them out in other written language, but is just beginning to have the fine motor control to write her name legibly.

Fine motor control is the biggest part in the writing puzzle, especially if they already know teh letters of their name.
post #55 of 80
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Originally Posted by velochic View Post
Dd was 6 months old when she picked up the pen for the first time to write her name.





Just kidding. I couldn't resist.
Given the rest of this thread and my sleep deprived state, I almost thought you were serious for a split second and was like "oh please!"

Anyway, my daughter is almost 4 and isn't writing her name. She knows the alphabet, can identify letters and some words (including her name), spells out her name all the time, asks me how to spell other words all the time, and knows what sounds many letters make. But she hasn't shown much interest in writing, so I haven't tried to teach her. My approach so far has just been to sort of let her absorb things as they come, help her with things she asks me to help her with, and leave the rest for later.
post #56 of 80
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The thread asked what is average, and where the child is able to sound the name out (actually has an idea what sounds each letter makes).
IME their name is a totally different situation than other words. They don't sound it out, but learn it as a whole word/sequence of letters.
post #57 of 80
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IME their name is a totally different situation than other words. They don't sound it out, but learn it as a whole word/sequence of letters.
Yeah, when my kid first did it, it was a surprise (he copied it).
I'm pretty sure it was more akin to the way Chinese kids copy Chinese words as symbols. (even though my kid could recognise most letters at that age, knew many of their sounds, and could sorta sound out a word every once in a while).
post #58 of 80
He was just over 2 years when he first wrote his name.
post #59 of 80
We'll skew the average here... Ds, 8, just asked me how to spell his name.

He's not in school so hasn't had the occasion to practice much. It isn't an important skill at the moment. He also has a long complicated name full of curved lines and angles. That, combined with an aversion to writing because of a bad school experience, has delayed this.

Of course, he could pick out his name out of a line up at age 4. He probably could have dictated the letters at that age, too. He knew his alphabet and the sounds of each letter at age 3. But he still didn't start reading until he was almost 8. Whatever.
post #60 of 80
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Originally Posted by ecoteat View Post
I think my dd may be gifted, and as I was reading this (now in the Childhood Years forum, not gifted) and was starting to wonder if I was in some parallel universe. Then I realized most of these posts happened in the gifted forum! Whew!
I didn't realize and was wondering the same thing!

But I do actually think my ds is gifted, despite his hesitance to write. The only typical characteristics of a gifted child that don't fit him is early reading.
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