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My Son will be 3 in June and I still have the hardest time getting him to sit still to learn anything (abc's, numbers, shapes, colors) but he'll sit through an entire Disney movie. Should I be worried? And do u have any tips?

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Sarah - posted on 02/20/2014

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Siblings are usually very close in their intelligence levels. However they may be clever in different areas. Boys are statistically about 21/2 years behind girls in their level of maturity. There are also different styles of learning. Learning the alphabet song or actually playing with 3D plastic letters and numbers may be more his style. Even Sesame Street. You might find he is more interested in things such as how a wheel turns ie. how things work more at this stage. It sounds like he is having fun playing "this is how we learn".
The brain is in an alpha wave state when watching TV, a more passive state as compared to a Beta wave state when actively thinking. Therefore it is much easier to concentrate on TV for much longer than to concentrate on more active tasks, especially at this age.
As he gets older follow his lead you will be able to see what his learning style is and where his interests and strengths lie. Kids like this usually initiate their own learning and are hungry for knowledge when they are ready. Don't worry :)

Jodi - posted on 02/20/2014

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But your son is not your daughter. Every child is different. Stop using your daughter as a reference to what your son should be capable of doing. Shawnn is right, let him go at his own pace. Just because he is not showing interest does not mean he is not smart, just that he isn't ready for such intense learning yet. There are many countries where they don't teach them to read until they are 6 or 7 and their literacy rates are very high, so it is absolutely no indication that there are issues. My tips are just to continue to read to him and provide him opportunities, but don't get frustrated when he would rather go and play. He's 3. That's totally normal.

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My daughter enjoys reading thats what she likes to do i have never pushed her …believe me my kids are always being kids!

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 02/20/2014

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well, first, you need to be more relaxed about it, and let him go at his own pace. If you are expecting him to keep up with his sister, that's not likely. And, I'd have to say that, whilst reading is great, to push a kindergardener to tead at a 3rd grade level is a bit excessive as well.

Let your kids enjoy being kids

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I present information all the time! It not that he doesn't sit still its I can say to him 5 times this is a S and then I'll imediately ask "what letter is this?" and he'll say E!!!! All excited and oblivious
My daughter is in kindergarten and reading at a 3rd grade level and I never had to sit with her and tell her over and over again
I know my son is smart im just stressed and frustrated and dont know what if anything I can do to help him

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 02/20/2014

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He's 3. His attention span is that of a 3 year old. If it doesn't interest him, he won't pay attention to it.

Keep presenting information to him. At the age of 3, my kids weren't forced to 'sit still to learn'. We took walks, rides, pointed out signs, shapes, colors, etc in an interactive way. By the time they were 4, they were doing simple reading, writing, etc...all without having to "sit still to learn"

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