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N'Keisha - posted on 12/12/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Need help with helping my 5yr old with learning numbers and learning how to read. If anyone has any advice on how I can help him please tell me.

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 12/12/2011

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Flashcards are good, but so is just using your environment.

Have you seen the commercials where, at the beginning, you see an adult, and it seems like they are being ridiculously stupid, repeating things over and over, putting pants on their head, etc, and then the shot pans out and you see the child that they are interacting with? That is EXACTLY what we did with our kids. We talked to them about everything. We pointed things out, and asked them if they knew what this or that was...we interacted with them every moment that we could, and while doing that we interacted with our surroundings too.

The more you talk, and point out "this is a C" "this is a circle" "this is a 2", and keep it up, the quicker they catch on.

Julie - posted on 12/12/2011

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I used sight word flashcards that I printed off and laminated myself. DD is 7 now and I just gave the flash cards to her teacher because she no longer needs them. I also read to her every night and I would have her read words that I knew she knew and then went up to a sentence, then paragraph, eventually a page. Now we will take turns, she reads a page and then I will. My best advice is don't push it. If he's not in the mood to do it, let him take a break. If I didn't practice on her time, we would both just get frustrated.

As for numbers, she learned those at daycare. I reinforced at home and quizzed her by pointing and asking what that number is, but she learned most of letters, numbers and colors at daycare.

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 12/13/2011

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Unfortunately, Julie, so did I! He graduates this year, and it is truly amazing to see him now, and how much he has absorbed over the years.

The interactive technique worked very well with things like learning to drive, too. From the time that they could start understanding the rules of the road, we've talked to them... "see what that car did, no signal before he turned, well, that's not ok"... We did it to the point that, when we were teaching the oldest to drive, he turned and looked at us and said "I know, I know! you've been "teaching" me for years!"

Julie - posted on 12/13/2011

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Good point, Shawnn. We also did that so much that it just became part of everyday life. I'll still point out a word, whether it's in Christmas lights or a sign or whatever and ask her if she knows what it is. She has surprised me with some of the words she does know. I'm one of those annoying parents that pushes their kids to learn all the time. Now, she's bored in first grade. :\

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