how do i get my 5year old to write the abc's and the 123's

Margaret - posted on 05/15/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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if i tell him to write the abc's he just say NO i can't. What do i do?

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Andrea - posted on 05/21/2009

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I have the same problem with my 5 year old daughter the difference is she won't write her letters or numbers because she is a perfectionist and if she can't write them the way I do then she gets upset and gives up. She is a very smart little girl. She has been reading really well on her own since she was 4 (she learned this on her own, we dind't push her to learn to read), so she does know all her letters, lower case, uppercase, the sounds they make but she won't write them down becuase they aren't perfect. I try to practice with her and make it fun but she just won't go for it.

Andrea - posted on 05/21/2009

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I just realized we have the same last name, and not a common one at that. Where are you from?

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My 5 y/o just started writing her letters now. It is not unusual for a 5 y/o to be just learning how to do this. Remember all kids develop at different rates in different things. The suggestions Tamara (above post) gave are great. Another good one is to draw them (in the air) giant with your arms. This gets the motion familiar to them, then as their fine motor skills develop they are more ready. Also drawing on a white board or chalk board is more fun and easier than trying to do it on paper.
Most of all have fun! No pressure.

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Aisha - posted on 01/21/2014

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Hi! Actually i am from India! I got shocked after reading your post coz basically here kids are perfect with their alphabets and no.s by the age of four! My son is 5 years too and he has dictations of fruits,veggies,birds etc etc even big compositions and he does pretty well! I hope your kid will start doing it soon! But its a big task altogether!

Pamela - posted on 01/20/2014

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how can I get my kids to write there abc an 123 with out tracing them we have traces an trace now I need to start writing them now can you help

Conrad - posted on 11/13/2013

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hi i'm a dad i would say rewards are a good idea for this as it gets there attention. If you want them to learn how to actually write the number you could try also playing a join the dots game where you can do the shape of the number or letters with dots and your kids join them up if you want to make it regular you should do it once on a master sheet and photo copy it so you can run more off when you need them hope that's an idea for someone

Jennifer - posted on 05/21/2009

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hi there, I have a 5 year old and its amazing what he can do in school in comparison to home! I met with Jacob's teacher since I was worried.

Angela - posted on 05/20/2009

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Marbles! Every time my daughter can write a letter, and tell me what it is, she gets a "super awesome" marble. Then, she can later trade these marbles for a toy equal or under a set amount.

Krista - posted on 05/17/2009

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If you just want him to recognize them, you could get some index cards and make a Memory game with them, maybe with capitals and lower case, only about 4 at a time. Numbers too. If you want to practice writing them, maybe make dotted letters and numbers on paper, like the ones the teachers can make. Also, making sandpaper letters and numbers and using them to do rubbings on paper is fun. You can glue the sandpaper letters to posterboard or paper so they dont' move around.



have fun with it, and don't stress, he's only 5.

Tamara - posted on 05/15/2009

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It's hard to tell from just your question, what you're asking. Does he know his abc's already and you just want him to practice? Or are you trying to help him learn how to print them? Does he recognize the letters already?



If he doesn't recognize the letters, the best way is to start with that. Point them out whenever you're out and about, on signs, on magazine covers when you're standing in the check-out line, wherever you see them. Reading to him regularly will also help familiarize him with letters. Maybe you could have a "letter of the story" hunt. Show him an L, for example, and then have him look for the letter L on every page before/after you read the page.



If he recognizes his letters, but doesn't know how to print them yet, start with helping him get familiar with how to make the letters, rather than doing paper/pencil. For example, put shaving cream on a table and draw shapes, including letters, in the shaving cream. Try it with pudding. Trace letter shapes on sandpaper. Roll play dough snakes and turn them into letters. Those kinds of pre-writing activities, especially if you'll sit down with him, will lead to more willing participation in writing. Try sitting down and drawing pictures with him. Draw a letter and see if he can copy it. Afterwards, tell him what letter is it and how neat it is that he can print an "A" now.



If he already knows his letters and how to print them, but you want him to practice, your best bet really is to sit down with him and practice along side of him. At 5, it's okay if he can't print yet, so don't stress too much. Just try and make it fun for him, so he'd rather do that than watch TV or something else.



Good luck :-)

Kim - posted on 05/15/2009

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I'm having the same problem with my 4 yr old in teaching him his ABC's & how to count. Just seems like they rather be playing or watching t.v. I have been working with him 3 times a week and slowly but surely he is catching on. I think each child is different and learns at there own speed. Just try to be patient and keep working with him...he will get the idea and be positive and reward him every time he does learn a new letter. I found that to be the bonus and he looks forward to his treat ex.. ice pop..lolly pop..candy! It works!! That's how I got him potty trained! Good luck!!

Laurie - posted on 05/15/2009

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I was a preschool teacher for many years and this is a common problem with preschoolers especially boys. All kids are different, the key to find what he likes and try to work it into it, and don't pressure him- it needs to be fun to him. Unfortunetly you can't force him to do it for he will just keep pushing you away. Try just exposing him to letter with no pressure to write them yet! The computer and PBS television shows can offer a fun way to learn the letters(my 4 year old loves Super Why!) . Also toys like the Leap Frog line introduce letters in a fun way. Try looking for letters in the world, like on store signs, road signs, menus. Once he realizes that he knows and can recognize some letters then he may be more open to writing them. Once you are ready to ask him to write them offer fun ways like writing his name in sand or dirt with a small stick, or try spreading a small amount of shaving cream on the table and take turns writing letters with your fingers in it, also try writing a letter on the palm of his hand or his back with your finger and see if he can guess what it is, then let him do the same to you, before you know it he will become more comfortable and eager to do things with writing. Not all children are ready to start at the same age, just be patient it will come! Good Luck

Stephanie - posted on 05/15/2009

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Make a game out of it, I always get my kids the abc trace books at the dollar store they love to write in them I do the same with Numbers or i print out cards for them to make for other people write the names down for them to see and then they will re write them on the card. I know my 5 year old loves them books and we even just recently started doing the math ones cause he will be starting kindergarten this year. Their is even websites you can print stuff out for free to help him out Hope this helps

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