So my LO just entered preschool a month ago. He just turned 4 (and I believe is youngest in his class - most are at least half a year older). He learned the letters early (19/20 months), and has been writing for at least a year (albeit with fist grip and starting letters from the bottom - he taught himself lol - but he is fast). His current drawing skills, according to the preschool, are better than many 3rd graders (and he can draw for hours at a time). His fine motor skills are good, he can use scissors etc (all according to the preschool) The preschool is now working on pencil grip - and have told us to practice at home. A couple of weeks ago, he went from fist grip to an immature non-fist grip - using the index and middle finger on top of the pencil (instead of the middle finger at the bottom). He also went from starting letters from the bottom, to starting writing from the top. We just found out they want to impose the standard tripod grip. We practiced that last night, and after some work, he can do letters like that quickly without many problems. But he was also supposed to color in quite a few huge animals with proper grip. And that didn't go well (we ended up sending him back with several empty/half finished coloring sheets). But until he masters proper grip, he'll be tracing a letter at a time for two days... Is this focus on perfectly proper grip at such an early age appropriate? Is the handstrength there? I am also worried that his drawing is taking a hit. Which is just such a shame... Oh - he doesn't usually get homework like that, we just had to do at home what he missed at school when sick last week. I am glad though that I got to see what they do in school. Thanks ladies!