DD will be 4 in March. She has started to become interested in writing some letters. She just recently learned to spell her name (fairly long name), and now would like to learn how to write it.
I have noticed that she quite frequently switches hands when holding a writing utensil (not while she's writing, more like when she picks up the utensil at different times). I have been trying to help her by showing her the proper grip, keep your elbow down on the table (she frequently keeps it up in the air and then gets tired), and have tried to help her by having my hand over hers to form the letters (then letting up on my grip).
She seems to know the strokes, but it doesn't appear she is pushing down hard enough on the paper. We do fine motor stuff all the time (some favorites include drawing on her easel, painting on her aquadoodle which we hung on the wall, playdough, beads, using tongs to transfer items, legos, coloring with small crayons, etc.).
Does it sound like she just needs more time, or is there something more/different I should be doing? She is the one asking me how to write the letters, so it is definitely not a case of me trying to "force" her to learn it. We have the HWOT "Get Ready for School" book, but she has no interest.
I am kind of at a loss because DS (will be 5 in a month) taught himself how to write and is constantly writing on pictures to grandma, etc. and so is very good at it and has very legible and neat handwriting for his age, and was writing very well and reading by her current age. I just feel bad because they always say the 2nd child gets the shaft with a lot of things, and I just feel like maybe I should've done more, but she is the type to dig her heels in really quickly if something is not her idea, you know?
Congratulations if you have made it this far...does anyone have any tips, advice, BTDT?