S.E. asks from Gainesville, FL on February 01, 2007
Helping to Learn Letters
I just put my 4-year old son into a new daycare and compared to the other children he is "behind". The other children in his class can all regonize their first and last names and write their first name, we have beeen working some on our letters but only capital(which is how I was told was the easiest way for them to learn) the daycare teaches both upper and lower case so he does not even regonize any of the letters they try to get him to write for his name. The problem is by the time he gets home from school I can probably keep his attention for 10 min before he loses interest and I have to do dinner, bath, bedtime etc. How can I possibly help him to catch up? Any suggestions? His father and I could use some help!
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J.E. answers from Boca Raton on February 04, 2007
My daughter also watched the Leap Frog Videos. At 2 1/2 she learned all the letters and their sounds. She is now 3 1/2 and in preschool and the teacher said she is really the only one in her class that can easily recognize the letters. In school she is learning the lower case as well as the upper. The videos were primarily upper case.
R.K. answers from Daytona Beach on February 02, 2007
My son's school had him write a couple of letters a night. He was caught up pretty quick. Plus they had him copy his name every day even if he didn't recognize the letters. He traced it for the first couple of weeks before he wrote it out himself.
If he's just started and is behind because he didn't start at the beginning of the year, don't worry too much about it. He'll pick it up. My older son started kindergarten without being able to recognize any numbers, letters, or his name and he caught up perfectly fine. Preschool is just a help to get ready for kindergarten.
A.H. answers from Fort Myers on February 01, 2007
Well I'm of the they will get it when they get it group. I HATE when kids are pushed to learn things cause that's what everyone else is doing.
Kids will learn naturaly if let be. Here is a site I love. http://www.UniversalPreschool.com They have lots of info on teaching at home. and a few links for printables http://www.preschoollearners.com/ , http://www.dltk-teach.com/ , http://members.learningplanet.com/directory/index.asp?lev=1
Just think your son has been at that institution ALL DAY and then you want him to sit and do more?
How about having the stuff out where he can get to it himself when he wants, so he come to love learning not dread it. There are lots of books on letters. I have the Leap pad fridge magnets, upper and lower case for my son, he plays when he wants. I point out letters while we are out and about, on signs, clothes, cars etc. Of course I bring it up here and there and encourage him also.
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V.V. answers from Miami on February 02, 2007
The best advice I can give you to keep his attention when trying to teach him after a long day is to give purpose to what he is doing. For example, instead of having him trace over a dotted letters, tell him you need his help writing a grocery list or identifying what day of the week it is - you can teach him "milk" or "eggs". When a child sees a purpose to learning they are much more motivated.
If he will have a seperate room from the child you are now expecting maybe you can place his name on his door and spell it out everytime you enter the room, etc. I taught my daughter to count to 20 before she was 3 y.o.a by counting the stairs everytime we went up and down.
Hope it helps!!
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K.H. answers from Fort Myers on February 01, 2007
hes 4!!! give him the time and practice, remember in daycare they have nothing else to do! practice in the car, or get a leappad, but other than that, chill, he'll be fine!! :)
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T.F. answers from Orlando on February 02, 2007
I have not read any of the other responses yet, but I was able to teach my son his letters by the time he was 2 BECAUSE HE WAS INTERESTED. Please don't get frustrated because the other kids are "ahead". (My son could tell you the letters, but he had a playmate who coud name every construction vehicle, and one who could tell you the names of the dinosaurs-- they will learn what they are interested in!)They used to teach kids the alphabet and how to write their names in kindergarten, but now many kids already know all of this from attending preschool and from all of the electronic toys out now that teach the alphabet. Yes- the electronic toys are AWESOME and helpful and I recommend them... but the #1 thing I recommend that you do is get the foam letters (I think WalMart has them- Babies R Us may have them, too) for the bathtub. That's how my son learned his letters. The electronic toys are great, but all they are doing is pushing buttons-- the foam letters can be held and manipulated, and you can make words once he learns the letters. If he likes them, you can buy another set (they're pretty cheap) to play with outside the tub, too. Also, look for a wooden puzzle that has the upper case letters and then the lower case ones under the pieces you take out (did that make any sense??)
The bottom line, though... give yourself a break. Don't feel you need to keep up with the other kids-- remind yourself that he's ONLY FOUR!
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S.B. answers from Fort Myers on February 01, 2007
I have a couple ideas, im working on these with my 3 year old, she goes to an in home daycare 3 days a week and i work full time. Do Practice Lettering on a sheet and put it in to a Sheet Protector. I have a 3 ring binder for all her sheets. Get dry erase marker and you can keep using it over and over, just wipe off when done.
Leap Frog has a DVD Letter Factory about $15.00 animated and it goes thru every letter of the alphabet and does silly things, like letter J is Jumping on Trampoline, etc. Very cute.
K.K. answers from Gainesville on March 17, 2007
I have 2 ideas....one is easy, cheap and handy to have up anyways. Hang up a full set of upper and lower case letters. Just seeing it will help re-enforce it. Second, is a game from Leap Frog....it can be played alone or with friends...It is The letter Factory game. In a triangular box. I like alot of their toys....check the website for deals and such...great grow with me product line. You can also get DVDs that will help thru them...oh, here is a fourth thought....lol....SAM"S Club carries the Hooked on Phonics stuff...
He must be in the VPK program now....what do they suggest? What school is it?
D.M. answers from Melbourne on February 02, 2007
The Leap Frog Letter Factory movie also worked wonders for me!! My son loved it...he would watch it over and over and over! By the time he went to preschool, he knew all of his letters and letter sounds. I found it at Wal-Mart, but have seen it in many stores since! Good luck!
A.T. answers from Lakeland on February 01, 2007
I know people say don't let your young children watch T.V., but I'm here to tell you that a good leap frog dvd with singing and dancing letters will keep your child mesmorized for longer than the 10 minutes you get and will teach him faster than you ever could. I've been a teacher for 9 years and I always use videos to reinforce a taught lesson. I've found that if a child doesn't even speak the language they get understanding from just watching character interactions.