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    My 5 year old knows her numbers, she knows how to add and we are working on subtraction. The only issue we have is she has a hard time writing numbers. She gets frustrated and bored if I ask her to practice writing her numbers "5 5 5 5 5 5 5" We tried using markers instead of pencils and we tried writing numbers on our chalkboard, it helped a bit but not much. She seems to really enjoy math and I dont want to ruin it for her. Should we move on with math and not worry about her writing her numbers? Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
    Thank you in advance!

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    I would totally recommend moving on. Maybe you can incorporate writing numbers in a more neutral setting, but they will come in good time. For now it's far more important that she continues to enjoy math. If the writing itself is frustrating (because she knows the number doesn't look right or whatever), can you use other manipulatives? Maybe consider having her make equations using refrigerator magnets or flash cards, something that doesn't involve writing them down for now.

    Hope this helps!
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    Thank you!

    Yes, we have ton of math manipulatives. She loves working on worksheets and many of them require her to write answers (numbers) anyway, go figure! lol I wasn't sure it was a good idea to move on. I guess I will! Again, thank you!

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    This is only my opinion but if I had to choose between crisp writing or an enthusiasm of math it would be a total no-brainer: enthusiasm for math. It's not like your daughter is 13 and is capable of writing perfectly neatly but just doesn't care. That can be addressed in various ways. I suspect (disclaimer: I'm not child-development expert) that a 5 year-old having difficulty writing numbers is probably still developing the motor skills necessary. I would choose to encourage her love of math and not worry so much about her writing just yet. That's just my opinion though.

    Edit - and if you want to encourage her development of writing skills then find fun ways to do it. I think that drawing and painting are good ways to practice the motor skills necessary for penmanship. And I assume there's probably games and activities out there aimed at the age group - but it's been a while since my daughters were that young so I'm not sure what's actually available.

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    My son has trouble with writing much of anything and one of the books we got for this year has a great practice game that he is going to love: fill a ziplock type baggie half full of paint or colored hair gel, get as much air out as you can, and then lay it flat over a card with a large, bold number or letter on in. They get to use a finger or the eraser end of a pencil to trace the number or letter in the baggie of paint, practicing the motion of making the numbers and letters while staying clean, then just smooth the baggie out to start over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amphibology29 View Post
    My son has trouble with writing much of anything and one of the books we got for this year has a great practice game that he is going to love: fill a ziplock type baggie half full of paint or colored hair gel, get as much air out as you can, and then lay it flat over a card with a large, bold number or letter on in. They get to use a finger or the eraser end of a pencil to trace the number or letter in the baggie of paint, practicing the motion of making the numbers and letters while staying clean, then just smooth the baggie out to start over.
    I love this idea!!!
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    You could do number stickers. You could even make them yourself.

    Or, lots of math programs would encourage you to let her make tallies or dots or the like. I think most math is mental math at this age anyway.

    Or, you could just be patient because it'll almost certainly resolve itself within a few months.

    If you do handwriting, I've noticed that many of the books have the numbers all in one place at the end. Last year, we skipped ahead to do numbers before we finished HWT. Having it as part of that helped.
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    Only one of my children was ready to write at 5...... I would just move on. We are doing hands on math, or I do the writing with my youngest son. Have fun !!!
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    I didn't see the rest of your posts till now. THANK YOU!!! We moved on and she's much happier. I did buy a dry erase math workbook that I leave on the table, if she wants to practice writing her numbers, she can. But I'm not going to force her.
    We've been doing a lot of hands-on math and some computer programs.
    I LOVE the ziploc bag idea! I'm so going to try that! Thank you!!!

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