How do i teach my 3 year old son to recognize his alphabet??

Misty - posted on 03/14/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son is in pre-school and last year before he started school i taught him his alphabet and his colors how to use sissors and alot of stuff for some reason now, its like he dosen't know any of them he wants to play all day at school. Two of his teachers remember how he had knowledge of these subjects, but he is actin like it now im trying to get him to recognize his alphabet and he says just whatever somebody please help me. I thought for a minute that it was okay for him not to recognize them but some of the children in his class knows them, sometimes he does recognize them but today he dosen't and im getting really frustrated... PLEASE HELP!!!

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Sylvia - posted on 03/15/2012

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He's three. He's supposed to play all day -- that's what three-year-olds do. That's how they learn.



I have no idea where our societal obsession with teaching three- and four-year-olds the academic stuff that we used to teach six- and seven-year-olds came from, but I wish it would just go away :P



Here's the thing about three-year-olds and reading: if they're ready to read, you can't stop them from learning (which brings a whole other set of problems with it...); if they're not ready, no power on earth is going to make them ready. As you're disovering, the only result is a ton of frustration for both parties.



I'm a big fan of reading, both personally and professionally (I edit and write for a living), and of school generally -- but there's a lot more to life than academics. Especially when you're three. So if I were you I'd just relax for a couple of years.

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Misty - posted on 03/17/2012

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Thanks Sylvia, I understand what you mean i get it that he wants to play all day but its just his teacher is telling me he should know more than what he knows but when he is home with me and his dad he does it fine but when he is at school its like he gets nervous and he does not do it as well...but im trying to work threw it with him so she does not make him feel like he isn't smart as all the other kids but i had to tell him in front of her on friday that he is smart and he is suppose to make mistakes and she stayed quiet so he wrote his name infront of her and myself and he did good... ithink he made her eat her words

Misty - posted on 03/17/2012

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Thanks Tammy K. you have helped just to let you know, i have been working with my son for the past week to write his name he does really good the only flaw is that he writes his "s" backwards....Lol... but he does really good im proud of him its just his teacher makes it seem like he should know more than what he does but thanks for the help...

Jakki - posted on 03/14/2012

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This is totally typical for a 3 year old - let him play for the next 2 years and then get him to learn letters.



There's really nothing to worry about now!



PS Learning to read early doesn't mean he'll be a better reader later.

Tammy - posted on 03/14/2012

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Its a stage I think! I have a 4yr well she'll be 5 in July but she started JK in Sept. we never put her in pre-school but I have my ECE so was teaching her at home she picks up on things fast but because she is shy she doesn't show her Teacher's what she actually know's:(

She would remember stories mins after we read them to her but she gets to school & suddenly know's nothing. She is getting better shy wise & can now write her own name she can point out letter's in her name now when she see's the letter M in a word she says look my name..lol! I just kept getting her to trace the letter's & sound them out as well as picking out objects that start with each letter.



There is a children's song that may be helpful its called..."A IS FOR" can find it on u-tube or the alphabet song its a fun song helped my daughter to pick out letter's she know's. I know I didn't help you much but do know I am dealing with the samething & these little idea's have helped! GOOD-LUCK♥

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