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Or, another way of asking the same thing: How much can your 1st grader write in 15 minutes? It takes my DD about 15 minutes to write 3 sentences, and I'm curious whether that's fairly normal for her age, or unusually slow. (She's homeschooled, and I'm not sure what's typical for 1st grade.)
 

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I don't remember how long it took my particular 1st (now 5th) grader, but the first graders at my school have about 30 minutes of independent writing, and most of them can draw a picture and write somewhere around 3 sentences during that time, or write 5 or so sentences, so I'd say she'd be right on track if you decided to send her to school tomorrow (not saying your should mind you).
 

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at first grade my dd could take about a couple of minutes to write a sentence of 6 to 8 medium words. but she would take at least 15 mins of fighting to do it.

so i would say 6 mins to actually write it and another half hour fighting it.

it was and is still at 2nd grade all about liking writing.

she hates writing. and so writes the minimum she has to.
 

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Originally Posted by Momily View Post
I don't remember how long it took my particular 1st (now 5th) grader, but the first graders at my school have about 30 minutes of independent writing, and most of them can draw a picture and write somewhere around 3 sentences during that time, or write 5 or so sentences, so I'd say she'd be right on track if you decided to send her to school tomorrow (not saying your should mind you).
Yes, definitely. I volunteer in my dd's classroom and when they journal this is about how long it takes them. Or longer, for some of them.
 

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depends on her mode and motivation. I've seen her crank out novel worthy stories in 15 mintues when motivated (ususaly not with homework LOL) and I've seen her procrastionate and stall and get three letters down in 15 mintues cause she is talking more than writing or erasing 29 times orjsut plain distracted. Its really hit or miss...

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I'd say it takes my 1st grader about 5 minutes but his handwriting is barely legible, caps/lowercase all jumbled, and no punctuation. If he were trying to write neatly it'd take him 15 for sure.
 

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From what I remember - if she were in the mood and knew what she wanted to write, it would take her 5 minutes tops. If she didn't know what she wanted to write, or it didn't interest her, it would take forever!
 

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Well, the responses so far are surprisingly reassuring. DD's writing seemed extraordinarily slow to me, so much so that I was beginning to wonder whether I should be looking at the possibility of some kind of disability. I imagined that, at best, she was probably somewhere on the slow end of the normal range for writing. But it sounds like she's actually totally average. Maybe better than average for the amount of practice she's gotten (which is probably much less than the typical kid who goes to school.)
 
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