My 5-year-old struggled through the workbook activities, too. His reading skills were developing much faster than his motor skills. He was able to perform all of the tasks, but he didn’t look forward to the writing tasks because they took so long for him to perform.
Children’s writing skills improve slowly, with lots of practice. However, we don’t want the rate children’s writing skills improve to limit the rate their reading skills can improve. We also want to make sure that the lessons don’t become a drag.
With slight modifications, you can present many of the workbook activities quickly and efficiently as oral reading and spelling activities. Later, you can present the activities as writing activities.
Here is what I did to modify the workbook tasks:
- For writing words for pictures, I directed my son to read the first word in the box, then to touch the picture for that word. I would repeat this process for the remaining words, then go on to the next exercise.
- For sentence completion tasks, I would tell my son to read the part of the sentence that was written, then say the complete sentence. Then I would direct him to the next task.
- For questions, I would direct my son to read the question. I would have him read the answers in the box, and have him tell me the correct answer. Then I would direct him to the next task.
- For spelling, I would have my son spell the words rather than write the words.
- The cross-out game and matching game usually don’t take too much time, so I had my son do those tasks. As often as possible, I would have my son do the sentence copying and the letter writing because they provided practice in writing more quickly. Also, on days we weren’t doing a new lesson, I had my son complete workbook tasks from earlier lessons.