is it me or is it my prescholer? I love to teach and i do that in a most simple fashion. but i just can't get through an episode of teaching my prescholer Letters, Words n Numbers. Pls help!!

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Sarah - posted on 04/05/2012

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Relax. You don't need toset aside structured time for doing this. Point out words when you're out and about. Count the stairs as you climb, or the apples in the bowl. Use magnetic letters or finger paints to write. Children this age learn through experience rather than formal lessons.

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Michelle - posted on 04/07/2012

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There's no need to push them, let them learn at their own pace. It's not something they HAVE to know before they start school. Yes it helps though.

Joy - posted on 04/07/2012

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tnx ladies. am quite reassured. Michelle, they'r 4yr old twin girls. I've used fridge magnets, chalk board, books, pictures and leapfrog laptop... they seem really excited at d beginning but then we never get past those numbers n letters that they already have memorized, unto writing 'em.

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Fridge magnets and bath tub letters (the foam ones that stick to the wall when wet). I'm convinced that this is the main reason my son learned his numbers and alphabet. If I was cooking or washing dishes, he was always "spelling" words on the fridge. I'd stop and help him spell his name or "apple" or whatever he was fixated on at the time. Same with when he was/is in the tub. We spell everything. We count everything. There is no set time or a lesson plan. Every day, almost every moment, is a learning opportunity.

Michelle - posted on 04/05/2012

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You haven't said how you are trying to teach them or how old they are.



A lot of kids don't do well with structured learning too young, you have to make it fun. I talk to my 2yo and we count things, say the colours of things just in everyday conversation. She can count to 5 without help and up to 10 with a bit of help. She can also say the alphabet with a bit of help. She also knows her basic colours and animal noises and the names of animals. I have never sat down with her to teach her though.

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