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Average, I'd say, is mid to late 4.
I'm just talking about writing the name here. As for "ask how to spell words out and sound them out and write them"--whole other question, I think. I don't really remember, but I think that was around 4 for DD, and somewhere broadly in the 4-7 range is normal. I think a lot of kids ask how to write a few common and important words, such as Mom, Dad, Love, around 4, but most are not trying to write anything complex till at least 5.
FWIW, my DD was writing well before she was reading well, which is not as unusual as I thought.
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However, she is in full-time preschool where they practice writing their name several times a day, and I am a professional editor who reads and writes for a living. I believe that has given her a big advantage and made her pick up writing much earlier than usual, and other than that, she seems like a fairly average kid.
She can spell many words and knows how to write most letters and numbers, but does not like to write. The only things I've seen her write recently are "Vivian" and "Mama", other than that she just draws zig-zags and tells me she's writing "funny letters".
DD2 32 months (5 letter name, 4 different letters)
This is when they could write their name clearly so that other could read it with all letters. One write in all capitals and the other mixed capital/lower case. Now at age 4- they both can write simple words, DD1 basic sentences (I lik catz- I see yu) and all the letters of the alphabet.
It is a 'goal' for the whole class by the end of PreK class- so age 4- 5 for average.
I think it would depend on 1. the child 2. the name length (obviously Bob is easier than Benjamin and Anna is easier than Rebecca) 3. the letters (some letters- s, z, v, R ,k, G , etc are harder to make: o and c are some of the easiest).
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?
for my DD she finally could write her name when she was 5 years old. I thought it was very late but teacher at kindergarten 2 years ago said its quite common. I found myself disagreeing with her when she said that.
My showed me one of his paper that he had written when he was 2 years old.. he wrote his name when he was 2 years old!!!!! I was VERY shocked! He said that his mom used to volunteer at a head start school so he went there and learned how to write at such a young age!
As I sit here though, he is currently snuggled up next to my whimpering because he has remembered a pair of tennis shoes he had when he was two and wants to get them back insisting his feet are now small enough for them. So, while he is definitely ahead in some areas, I am quite sure he is behind in some as well. Or maybe all four year olds are ridiculously irrational beings.
It seemed for ds that the writing just needed to click. He had all the knowledge, he could sound out CVC words at 3 1/2, but something had to come together for the writing to begin. Now he loves to write words and his drawing has also taken off.
DD first wrote her name (diagonal and all) when she was 2. You wouldn't have recognized it unless I pointed it out to you, though. She's 3 1/2 now and has hardly made any progress. I'm not even sure she can still write her name (though she does type it and other words regularly). It's been a while since she's been interested in writing by hand.
My youngest is writing her name already. She's 4.5. I say 'already' since DD1 was so old! Her name has 5 letters total, and 5 different letters.
DD1 had friends writing their names much younger. But they had simple, 4 letter names with repeat letters like Adam or Sara.
I honestly can't remember when dd#2 learned to write her name, but she does have an "easier" name.
That being said, I believe it's generally an expectation for the pre-K / Junior Kindergarten year (i.e. age 4) but one that's not met by all children.
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He learned to spell the shortest version of his name (Tim) at around 2 1/2, which was just a bit before he started to read Bob type books. A little while later, he started typing and using things like letter magnets and stickers to put his name on things. He learned to spell "mom" and "dad" around the same time.
He is currently in the creative spelling stage, but does not write at all. He types and uses magnets, stickers, stamps, etc. He uses creative spelling for the longer versions of his name, for instance I've seen him type "time" and "timwe" for Timmy.
According to the PBS development tracker, late 4 yo seems to be pretty common.
|By the end of this year, many children can write a few words correctly from memory (e.g., their name and the name of a close friend or two; and common words, such as No, Yes, Love, Mom, Dad, and Dear).|
My understanding is that the letters in the name are critical in determining what should be an average age to be able to write one's name with a given amount of practice. A name with no diagonals, for example, would be much easier. ELLIE is easier to learn to write at an earlier developmental stage than RYAN.
My little one is 3y10m, wrote his name (Luka) before 3, and has been able to sound out and spell words for about 6 months. It's often incorrect (like lolepop for lollipop) but getting better. He's started spelling silent-e words right, like home. His handwriting is only barely legible when he writes words other than his name.
My oldest son is a lot more "average" than my little, and he learned to write his name (Julian) at 5 and started spelling words at 6.
Both of them could identify (not just name) the letters of their name by about 2 1/2. Writing? Dd was 3. Ds was 4. Ds had a fine motor delay, and his name was about the ONLY thing he could write and even then it was badly. (And his name has 3 letters with diagonals. Poor dd has 4 diagonals and a R. She solved the problem by writing her diagonal letters with curves and doing a lower case r with upper case everything else. And then reversing all her letters to accommodate her lefthandedness.)
Writing words hasn't come nearly as easily for either of my kids. They are truly bothered by the discrepancy between what they can read and what they can write. Ds is in 3rd grade, and I would say that his writing has really just taken off in the last 6 months. (I talked to his teacher yesterday, and he said that ds has excellent spelling and great ideas, but needs work on organization and penmanship. Now there's a surprise!) Dd could theoretically write, but won't try.