My 5 yo DS never had any interest in letters until the past month or so. He didn't recognize the letters or want to read, and never learned or liked the alphabet song. He learned to write his name spontaneously right after turning 4 and that was it until now.
Now he is extremely interested in writing and spelling words, though not really in reading. The problem is that he reverses letters (J, N), and sometimes writes a mirror image of words from right to left (particularly when he gets to the end of a line of L to R text - he just starts below the end of that first line of text and writes backward in a mirror image on the second line).
He is highly motivated, and so proud of his writing. But then I feel the need to point out his reversals, and he gets really annoyed. He is doing this on his own, and asks for help at times, but doesn't want to deal with unasked for advice.
So on one hand, I don't want him to get in bad habits that will be difficult to break later, so I try to gently point out his reversals and give him a chance to fix them (he is usually not interested in making corrections).
On the other hand, he is doing this writing on his on spontaneously, for himself, and not asking for help. It kind of seems lousy for me to interfere with unasked for advice.
SO - I bought some HWT materials with a thought that we would separately work on writing letters correctly so I could have a chance to work through the reversals at a time when he is less invested in a particular project. So far, he rushes through HWT fast as he can to finish and doesn't seem to absorb anything (takes him about 2 minutes rather than the 5 minutes it would take to do a reasonable job) .
I am looking for other opinions on how to handle this - keep correcting him gently and don't worry about bad habits developing, or try to correct bad haits now... and of so, how? TIA for any advice...
aran .......... Mr. aran .......... DS1 .......... DS2
BIL Oct. 1961 - Jun. 2009 taken by cancer