ABC'S

Lakiva - posted on 08/30/2010 ( 50 moms have responded )

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My son is 1 years old and im having a hard time teaching him is ABC'S. We can only get him to up to C then he stops. What should i do?

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Kathryn - posted on 08/30/2010

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Just wait... At that age it isn't important for them to know. They are still working on other skills right now. At that age they learn by play. If you want to teach them letters the best way is to make up games with it.

Letter bucket- I have magnetic letters and I put them in a metal bucket, I have my son pull out a letter and tell me what the letter is. If he doesn't know, I will tell him and he will repeat.

Bath Letters- Buy some foam bath letters. Do the same as above and have your son choose a letter and announce what it is.

Letter of the day- Because there are only 26 letters if you miss a day or two it is ok. Durring the day choose a letter (either in order or pull one out if a hat). Put the letter up somewhere and point out that letter anytime either of you see it. Print out large letters your son can color them in.

26 card pick-up - Buy some flash cards. Have your son throw them and scatter them on the floor. Have him pick up a letter and say what it is. Collect them all.

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Let him learn from song..type in ABC song from sesame street..my daughter has been listen to it since 10 months and shes 19 months and can sing it perfectly from a-z lol..its very cute to see her sing it and end it with a twirl and pause for us to clap.Children love to have fun while learning..so through song is better.

Jessica - posted on 09/07/2010

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I would wait, but I would encourage him in other ways..like games. My daughter really enjoyed the fisher price website and it has an ABC game. She loved it and it really helped her to not only learn the ABC's but also to gain understanding that letters had meaning.
Good luck!

Jenni - posted on 08/31/2010

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I think one is a wee bit young still so if he is doing as much as you say than that's pretty good. My son is 25 months now and has known his letters (not in order) for about 3 months now. And he has had an obsession with them since he was a year old. Always pointing them out in books and wanting to know each letter. We got him alphabet fridge magnets a year ago to fuel his obsession. I think he knew a few of them by name at around 18 months like B, D, E. Now he names most of them or at least will point to the correct letter if you ask him where they are. He just recently started to try to sing his ABC's with me but still has a bit of a ways to go. Try some alphabet soup my son loves telling me what letters he's eating.

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Mel - posted on 03/20/2012

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Well we've just turned 4 and still not much on the abc front! I have figured out though that there is no point in comparing to other children as they WILL do it in their own time! and to be honest comments about be worried when they are 3 etc are not helpful to others at all....my child has a lot more manners than alot his age and that will do me for now :-)

User - posted on 03/20/2012

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He is only one, some 1 year olds cant even say many words let alone learning something like that, you should not push the issue and let him grow up a bit he will catch on in no time :)

Deborah - posted on 10/07/2010

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Just keep at it, if you sing the song enough eventually they will pick it up. s far as recognition just point them out everywhere you go, on store signs, sides of buses, in the grocery store. You can alphabetize your shopping list and teach him things that begin with each letter. If you just make it part of your everyday activities and conversations he will eventually pick it up, but don't push too hard, he is still little, Kids don't really have to know that stuff till preschool. Just go slow take it a little at a time and let your lead lead they way, follow their cues for how they learn the best. every kid is different and learns in a different way. Good luck.

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just be glad they are saying that much! haha my daughter babbles babbles babbles. REFUSES to talk at all! i would be so happy if she said A! haha or even just a word. haha i would probably sing ABCD and that may help with the D part once he gets that down then add in E and so forth. My daughter is 18 months and we are still trying to get A down.

Nikole - posted on 10/04/2010

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kept practicing with him and by the time he is either two or three years old,he should know his abc's.i have been practicing with my son sice he was one too,and now he is three and almost completely knows his abc's.just keep working with him

Jayde - posted on 10/04/2010

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Mel i don't think you should be worried. I look at half the posts on here & think what the? I'm happy that my daughter can say mum, dad, bye bye, nigh night, oh o & the latest is shoes. She'll learn it when she's ready.

Leeca - posted on 09/22/2010

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My son was not really interested in learning his ABC's until I got him the leap frog alphabet letters for the fridge. He is now 2.5 years old and is really into Thomas the Train so I got him the Thomas the Train ABC Book and he knows the whole alphabet now and can point out the letter when you ask him to. I think they need time to be kids. As long as they know what they are suppose to know by the time they get to Kindergarden I say let them do it on their own time.

Beth - posted on 09/12/2010

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my daughter is the same way but love's to learn... they will learn on there own time.

Anja - posted on 09/12/2010

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My three and a half year old knows no letters at all...simply because I haven't taught him... I think he will learn his ABCs at school, like I did! He is bilingual though, so I'm pretty sure he is not dumb.
What is the matter with you people? They are babies, stop the competition!

Michelle - posted on 09/11/2010

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my kids are 2\12 years old and they repeat letters but will not recite them all yet too. they can point some out with the bloocks and puzzle they have or when i am reading. hang in their takes lots of repition and the child has to be ready for it; each child is different and learn things at a different rate.. a year old is pretty young, the ability to got to C is a good start for now. good luck

Heather - posted on 09/11/2010

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allI can say is if you are always singing the alphabet to him he will be repeating you in no time

Nancy - posted on 09/11/2010

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Get Leap Frogs dvd "The Letter Factory" ! My son (2) still doesn't necessarily say the whole thing, but he knew every letter even before he was one! It's great. There's also a pack of educational dvd's called Meet the Letters, Meet the Numbers, Shapes etc. These are a little 'boring' but I'm sure they helped my son as well. Mostly, don't worry! He'll know them one day....he might just be working on a different milestone at this time!

Amber - posted on 09/11/2010

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My 2 year old doesn't know her letters in order...she recognizes quite a few and it makes her so happy when she gets it right! All we ever have done is just play and talk with her (and she has the vocabulary of some 5 year olds, and is NOT afraid to use it :). Sooner or later your son will learn his letters, especially if you make it fun, and don't put too much pressure on it...I feel like there's a lot of expectations placed on us as parents of toddlers, and on our children to perform well, and that's fine as long as our kids don't feel that pressure. As long as it stays fun for them, and they feel like they are self-motivating the learning process, they will keep wanting to learn, and they will learn fast!

Alyssa - posted on 09/11/2010

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your son goes up to C by himself?! thats great! one is an early age for them to be learning things like that, however, not a bad thing if they are. GREAT! my 26month old will say B if i say A, then D if i say C lol dont worry about pressing him to get past C. when he learns the other letters, he'll say them :)

Annette - posted on 09/11/2010

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As an early childhood teacher and a mum of 2 girls, I think it's great that you seem keen to teach your child but at the age of one, there are many more important things for him to be learning. There will be plenty of time for him to learn the alphabet and if you READ BOOKS to him EVERY day he will not only be exposed to the alphabet but also develop a love of books (a source information and entertainment) , learn how to hold a book correctly, turn the pages, talk about the pictures and spend some quality bonding time with you. Don't put pressure on yourself or your child as they grow up way too quickly. It will be much easier to teach him when he is older and shows an interest. Make sure you both have fun.

Tiffany - posted on 09/11/2010

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The conventional wisdom is "Walk at 1, talk at 2"... So it's certainly totally normal that a 1 year old can't say the ABC's.

Just let him develop, no pressure, and in no time he'll be singing it right along with you.

April - posted on 09/11/2010

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Is this a real question? certainly even someone w/o any childcare experience or education knows a one year old is too young to learn ABCs. Most one year olds can't even talk more than a few words. When he's 3 then you can post this.

Kasey - posted on 09/10/2010

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My daughter is 2 and doesn't know her ABC's. We are Just starting on that. She knows her numbers though. I wouldn't worry about it. My daughter was barely talking at 1 year old. Just keep trying and eventually he will learn. Make it a game or something fun, that should help.

Teresa - posted on 09/09/2010

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my 5 year old knows the letters but probly not the abc song. he reads just fine for his age at school. we never focused on teaching the alphabet song when he was learning. we decided it was more important at an older age (closer to 2 or 3) to learn the letters and sounds. teach your 1 year old the shapes and colors and body parts if he doesn't already know them.

Kristin - posted on 09/09/2010

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I agree. He is definitely young, so don't worry about it. My son loved and still loves the LeapFrog Letter Factory DVD. It is about $10 at Target and he started watchin g it when he turned 2 years old. He loves the song on the show and it really taught him his letters, along with me pointing them out, etc. He also has foam bath letters he loves to play with and "spell" words in the bath. Just make it fun. If you can turn learning into a game kids are more likely to enjoy it.

Carol - posted on 09/09/2010

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Your child is only 1 so I would not be worried at all...if he were 4 then that is a different story. we have made everything a game and I have never pushed our son to do things he is not ready to do so we simply repeat and repeat. It's boring for us but it seems to be working for him.

Sheryn - posted on 09/09/2010

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Wow,well be happy with how he is..my child is 20 mths old and most of what hes says is jibberish...I dont feel the need to pressure him as he will get there soon enough...Dont stress..

Manisone - posted on 09/08/2010

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It's okay because my son is almost 3 and he doesn't say all his ABC's. Can't or don't know is what I mean. But, I am not worry because I teach him and he watch his videos so he is being taught. He will say them when HE wants to. I don't consider him as a slow learner just more of him wanting to say it on his own accord for now. Sometimes he would out of the blue just say his ABC's and not in order either. Like I heard too many times and passing on the words "they learn at their own pace". Don't rush!

Crystal Lynn - posted on 09/08/2010

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my daughter didnt even hardley talk at 1 so it seems pretty young for all that. she learned them at 2 so maybe its too soon?

Krystal - posted on 09/08/2010

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my daughter is 2 n half and she still dont know her abc's she can go till bout g but its just not important to her she would rather sing twinkle twinkle lol hes prob not interested and is wnting other things try and sing things he likes he will get it one day when hes ready

Susan - posted on 09/08/2010

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Sing songs for him. Don't worry about it. My DD started doing the entire alphabet with 0 mistakes at 14 months but I am a SAHM and we sing A LOT and play games. He has a long time to start doing it!!

Kristine - posted on 09/08/2010

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He is one not three. RELAX. Most kids don't learn to there abc till between 2 and 3. If you really want him to learn buy some DVD's like leap frog the letter factory or some puzzles. But really relax if your son is 3 and still can't say his ABC's then be worried. Otherwise Relax.

Tine - posted on 09/07/2010

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He is just WAY WAY too young!!
My daughter is 22 months and speaks in short sentences, knows countless words and learns new words every day, but I havn't even started teaching her the alphabet yet. It should wait until your son is about 3 or 4, or better still when he shows in interest on his own. Before I was a mum I was a teacher, and by far the best way to teach kidsanything istowait until they are ready and interested. It is wonderful that you are so interested inteaching him things, just wait until he isa bit older for this one :-) Relax and enjoy your son's babyhood!! It will be past all too soon.

Shawanda - posted on 09/07/2010

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There a online games and activities on fisherprice.com and go to the the age group of your child it has different way of teaching kids abc 123 etc. My son is two and he loves it he having fun and learning at the same time

Shaye - posted on 09/07/2010

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My pediatrician said that if you try to teach certain skills too young, you are taking away from them learning the skills that are more important for their age. I wouldn't worry if he's not picking up ABC's until at least age 3.

Mel - posted on 09/05/2010

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Thanks Teresa! I have been giving myself a bit of a hard time since I read all the above comments :) We start per school today so I'm sure that will motivate and give encouragement to my little man :)

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Not at all Mel.... some kids don't until 3 or 4... or later. Just keep reading, singing, pointing out letters everywhere, and making fun games out of it all. Your child WILL pick it up in time. :)

Virginia - posted on 09/05/2010

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He's only 1! chill out there is heaps of time to teach him the ABC'S, It is very good that you want to teach him though as heaps of 5 yr olds start school these days and have never even heard of the alphabet and don't know what numbers are, good on you for teaching him but don't stress you have sooo much time for that yet :)

Mel - posted on 09/04/2010

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Thinks I should perhaps be worrying that my 2 1/2 year old knows no alphabet at all? :(

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My 2.5 year old knows A, B, C, M, and S consistently. I think that's it. A couple of others at random sometimes. His sisters at the same age knew all the letters (saying and recognizing) and could spell their names and a few other simple words.

Every child is different and will learn at their own pace. Singing the ABC song while pointing to each letter, reading, reading, reading, and pointing out letters in every day life as you come across them are all helpful ways. Don't expect anything at a year and you'll be surprised and impressed at everything when he learns it. :)

Melissa - posted on 09/04/2010

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Just sing the song, do flash cards, point them out when you see them...My daughter is almost four and she is just learning to recognize the letters. She had no interest in learning the abc's.

Sherrie - posted on 09/03/2010

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LEAP FROG has an "ABC" magnet system for the refridgerator it costs about $20.00. I swear by this product, I bought it for my daughter when she was 9 months old. I have also bought and will continue to buy it for any family and friends of mine who has a child for their 1st Birthday present. This teaches them the alphabet letters individually and also teaches them the sounds each letter makes, it also has a button that will sing the alphabet song. The magnets are fully incased so you don't have to worry about magnets falling out and them swallowing them. I would sit on the floor and we would pull the letter "A" off and say the letter and put it in the slot and the machine would sing "A says Ahh, A says Ahh, Every letter makes sound A says Ahh" and hit the button and sing the alphabet song. Even if she wasn't singing I would sing it and eventually she started singing a few letters at a time and eventually she had the whole song down.
Also the childrens shows "Word World" and "Sesame Street" really helped out too.
At 24 months old my daughter recognized and could tell us every letter uppercase, and at my neighbors house she shocked me and my neighbor by naming/ recognizing lowercase alphabets.
MUNCHKIN has a nice set of Alphabet with Numbers for the bathtub they stick to the walls when they are wet.
Just remember every child learns at a different rate. Just keeping practicing with him and he will get it.

Kelly - posted on 09/03/2010

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My son learned all the capital letters (letter recognition and can say the letter) by the age of 19 or 20 months of age. He still does not know the ABC song or the order of the alphabet. He loved the Baby Einstein box set of 26 ABC Alphabet board books, also magnets for the refrigerator, and books like Dr suess ABC. Make it fun. He looks at signs, and logos and understands that they mean something. He has just recently started making their sounds. There are 2 cool DVDs that he has just recently started watching Leap Frog: Letter Factory, and Let's Go to School.

Christi - posted on 09/01/2010

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I don't really have any advice for you unfortunately. My son is autistic and non-verbal. Anytime we get anything that sounds like dadda or mamma or cat we get excited, lol.

Clarissa - posted on 08/31/2010

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I agree that they learn best through play and songs. Don't expect a 1 year old to memorize all letters but over a few months of playing with letters, he will begin to increase the letters that he recognizes. I started letter recognition activities with my son at age one and he learned all his letters by two and we played with letters everyday in the tub and he had fridge phonics by leap frog and tons of toys that sing and display letters. We never used a workbook it was all through play. I also had an ipod touch and downloaded apps that he could play with. And don't stress I use to teach Kindergarten and I had 4 and 5 year olds who didn't recognize all their letters. It's great that you are starting early but keep it fun.

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