I continue to leave it in our curriculum at this point b/c I want the foundations there, but I don't 'push' it or anything. As far as whether it's "needed" in Kindergarten, I don't know...and I think it just depends on you and your child.
...it is nothing like school, and we are never at home...so why is it called homeschooling?
Since my kids were very young, I'd always have various writing materials accessible for them to use whenever they wanted, nothing formal.
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- wipe off board with dry erase markers http://www.lakeshorelearning.com/seo...ls/viewall.jsp
- Priddy wipe off books (purchased at Marshall's or TJMaxx) http://www.amazon.com/Wipe-Clean-Let...d_bxgy_b_img_b
- Easel, paints/brushes, crayons, markers. paper pads/rolls, etc.
- magnetic letters
I would model writing for them (their names, shopping lists, Christmas lists, recipes, etc.) whenever possible.
Also, we kept a print rich environment (the alphabet, their names, our names, etc.) written somewhere (notebook, the fridge) were they can refer to them if needed.
Other helpful liinks for you;
Stages of Writing http://www.sedubois.k12.in.us/~jblac...of_writing.htm
Donna Young's Handwriting
If ready to learn to write their letters, I recommend Handwriting Without Tears. It's fun and multisensory and uses all kinds of ways to strengthen the hands and get ready for handwriting. We started at 4.25 years. The program has been such a huge success for us, my daughter loves to write. All on her own, she writes all day long and now has gotten quite neat and small handwriting. She desperately wants to learn cursive now so this month we'll be starting HWT Cursive. We went through Pre-K, K, 1, and 2 all in just over a year, due to my daughter's interest. (We don't go through all the other subjects this fast!)
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I pushed loads of handwriting on my son from a very early age. He hated it and fought me at every turn. Years and years later, it was still atrocious. I didn't know any better at the time. He's now 12 and finally seeing some improvement -- and interest -- using Penny Gardner's Italics book. I wish I'd held off and followed him more. It turns out he has various physiological issues, writing is physically difficult for him. I probably just made things worse.
My daughter, on the other hand, is only 3.5, and has been able to write a few simple letters since before her 3rd birthday. She just made a 'valentine card' for me a few days ago, and wrote "mom" on the envelope all be herself, perfectly. When she sees her brother doing his handwriting practice, she DEMANDS to do some herself as well. I'm using some of the Italics book with her, but also some d'Nealian worksheets downloaded for free off the internet which have more tracing, so it's better for her right now.
She loves it, and demands it, so we do it. It's totally not "necessary" for her because of any arbitrary curriculum demands -- we just do it because she wants to. So if your kid is NOT particularly interested in a handwriting book right now, and you want to simplify, then by all means leave it off. He'll probably be doing a little writing here and there anyway (it's hard to avoid it), just gently help when he wants help with letter formations. And yes, lots of fine motor skills practice is great too. Drawing! Kids love drawing, and painting, and picking up small objects to sort them into ice cube trays (with tongs too is great)... it's all great stuff.
I'm just curious how much handwriting we actually need to have planned for kindergarten. Do I really need an entire curriculum/workbook for it or can we just make sure we're at least doing a little bit of writing each day? My son knows the basics on how to form each of the letters, both upper and lower case, but of course he's still pretty sloppy and doesn't always place them where they should go on the line. But I am trying to really simplify my plan and need to know if it's ok to just forgo the formal handwriting practice book type of thing. We're thinking of having FIAR be our main focus because I like the simplicity and I'd rather not add a ton of stuff in addition to it.
It will be different for each child, what they are ready for. I do not regret going at their pace. My advice is to not worry about doing much handwriting at this age. There are *more important* things a child at this age needs to be doing. Play is their work and they learn through that medium best (more than we adults often realize). One of my favorites websites for kindergarten is from MDC member, LillianJ: http://besthomeschooling.org/article..._ps_kdgtn.html.
Enjoy making these memories, you'll come to treasure them more and more in time.
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A way to simplify it is to think in terms of what kindergarten originally was - it wasn't about any of the 3Rs at all, but about a very gentle transition from home into a pleasant taste of what school would be like later. It involved free play, a little structured play, and a bit of listening/participating with a teacher who led games or told stories, read to them, etc. -