I believe that good habits form a good character. So, as part of Adrian's daily routine (he has a schedule, just like Julia), he writes/traces in his workbooks. I wouldn't say that writing is his favorite part of the day (he still likes to play), but it is something he got used to doing, and it is how we start our day. The goal is to keep up child's motivation until the behavior becomes a habit (which could take a couple months). Eventually, the habit becomes automatic (even enjoyable) instead of something you need to force your child to do.
To keep up the motivation, I offer Adrian various workbooks and he picks according to his current mood: it can be Numbers tracing (buy here), Letters (buy Uppercase letters here and Lowercase letters workbook here), Logic Workbook (buy here), Spatial Reasoning (buy here) and so forth.
Today, Adrian (46 months) wanted to trace numbers.
I like the way KUMON workbook guides the child from the dot to the star, or if there are more than one lines to draw, the book offers sequentially numbered steps of proper tracing.
Buy Numbers workbook that Adrian is writing in here.
Below, see a link to a video of Adrian writing down solved mathematical equation at 3.5 yo.
See here a video "✍🏻️Writing Down Solved Equation (Montessori 🔢 Math 🎥 Lesson)."
Does your child have a favorite workbook or book? For more on our workbooks, as well as developing fine motor control and proper pencil grip, see here 👦🏼Adrian's 💙Favorite 📖 Workbooks • Developing ✍🏻️ Fine Motor Skills.
Download 👦🏼Adrian's 🗒 weekly schedule here.