Desperate Mom....My 4 yr old son refuses to learn 123's and ABC's

Amanda - posted on 11/18/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Is this normal I can go over it a million times and he juat doesn't get it :(

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Jodi - posted on 11/18/2013

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I think you need to make it fun. Going over and over them doesn't help in the long term anyway, because it is merely rote learning, which is not really "learning". At this age, just read to him, and play fun counting games that make it not seem like work. It is through play that children learn these things.

Shamira - posted on 11/18/2013

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I think it is not abnormal. Often boys are slower in showing interest in these things but even girls could take time. Don't force the issue as it will only make things worse. Instead, try to introduce it in your day to day vocabulary. E.g. count stairs when you go up or down, count the 'finger steps' you take before you tickle him, if he asks "when will we be there?" answer "before you can count to 10" etc. He may join in, but even if he does not join in, just hearing you count -- the repetition will get it into his head. Alphabet is a bit more difficult and its okay to wait with it. In most European countries, kids start to learn the alphabet in school at age 6. They learn it within weeks whereas if you begin at the age of 3 or 4, it could take months.

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