Happy New Year!
My three year old decided last week he wanted to write his name.
We’ve been asking him for a while to spell his name at dinnertime. Partly because we have a problem with him talking non stop at dinner time and asking him to spell his name gave us a definate time for him to stop talking. Then a chance for us to tell him to eat and partly because he’s been working on his letters at preschool and has been very proud of the letter of the week.
So here we are at dinner and he gets all the letters in the right order saying the last one with great comic timing to big applause from everyone. Much smiles and good feelings everywhere…if only we could get him to talk less and eat more. Stick a plate in front of him and the words to food eating ratio goes the wrong way. But I digress!
His older brother was busy doing some Thank you card writing for Christmas. I figured the MO might fancy writing his name on his Thank you cards. Whatever ‘writing his name’ meant for him. He got the first letter and made marks for the rest. You’d probably guess correctly the other letters except they were all over the page in the wrong order and when he ran out of space continued part of the letter at the top.
The letters made me smile.
He’s 4. Just 4 with a December birthday.
I was interested to read that we should be encouraging boys to do more ‘ mark making’ to close the gender gap by the time they are in school. Girls it seems like writing much more than boys so in the interests of keeping everything equal we need to make find a way for boys to do the same. The suggestions are fun and maybe appropriate– using sand, setting up boy role play activities that use writing, chocolate powder, and make marks on the floor and walls outside but what if they are……………..perish the thought……………….just not ready yet developmentally?
One of the problems with targets set in mainstream school is that it always leads to a looking back. If they have to be able to write their name by aged 5, for random example. Then they need to have learned their letters before then……….when? then if they need to know their letters by X then they have to be able to write their letters earlier or around this time too…and so it goes on. Preschools and nurseries now need to ( in some countries Government introduced compulsory programming) make sure ALL their children are reaching the targets EQUALLY.
I don’t know how this accounts for those children who don’t fit. Are they failures because “Craig aged 5 is unable to write his name compared to Tanya”?
Yes we want to bring everyone on and no we don’t want the gaps widening but surely there can be some flexibility?