whats the best way of teaching a 4 yr old letters she can write them and her name she just forgets what letter it is??

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Krista - posted on 03/27/2009

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Try something tactile, like having her shape letters out of play dough or fill a cookie sheet with rice or sand and she can write them with her finger. I teach grade one and use techniques like this sometimes.

Melissa - posted on 03/27/2009

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i have two girls in first and second grade and when they were 3 we started learning letters and how to write. i made flash cards and we said them together until they started to remember on their own and started shouting them out before i could say the letter we were working on! the thing is, is there has to be constant repition so that they will memorize them. with the writing, i made dot to dot letter of their names, they traced them and eventually learned how to write on their own. once again it is all about repitition. hope that is helpful:)

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~Jennifer - posted on 03/27/2009

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My kids have Leapfrog 'Fridge phonics"



http://www.amazon.com/LeapFrog-Fridge-Ph...



It's magnetic and sticks to the fridge - you pick a letter, put it in the spot and it tells you the letter, the sound, and does a little song (including the full alphabet)



I have a (just turned) 2 year old that now knows her alphabet and all her letters (even out of sequence - she actually came up to the keyboard on my comp and pointed out and said "Q W E R T".



It's worked wonders for us, although I do spend most of my day humming "The P says .....".



=)

~Jennifer - posted on 03/27/2009

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My kids have Leapfrog 'Fridge phonics"



http://www.amazon.com/LeapFrog-Fridge-Ph...



It's magnetic and sticks to the fridge - you pick a letter, put it in the spot and it tells you the letter, the sound, and does a little song (including the full alphabet)



I have a (just turned) 2 year old that now knows her alphabet and all her letters (even out of sequence - she actually came up to the keyboard on my comp and pointed out and said "Q W E R T".



It's worked wonders for us, although I do spend most of my day humming "The P says .....".



=)

Tanya - posted on 03/27/2009

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Have you tried old fashioned flashcards? You can make them yourself on 3x5 cards. I suggest making two sets, that way you can play games like go fish, and memory, and make it fun for her.

Lilli - posted on 03/27/2009

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i used the leap frog alphabet sounds video they show the letter and sound ..i think it just takes pratice she will catch it

Heather - posted on 03/27/2009

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I used zoo phonics to help my kids understand the letters. It was alot of fun!

Pat - posted on 03/27/2009

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Keep them in sight!! I left the magnet letters on the fridge, (we were always in the kitchen) and I would ask them to go pick out a certain letter. Just make it fun and it will come soon enough.

Traci - posted on 03/27/2009

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Flashcards were a big thing with my oldest daughter. However, make sure to mix the letters up. Kids tend to memorize the order if you constantly do them over and over in the same order. Also associate the letter with one of their favorite items. E= Elephant, B- Bubbles and so on.

Gloria - posted on 03/27/2009

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I did magnets and Letter puzzles.
They have so much fun while learning it cant get any better then that. lol

Kelly - posted on 03/27/2009

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Hey Jennifer my little bot is nearly two and we have bath crayons from Early Learning Center and found the best way is to write on the bathroom tiles your little ones name and draw corresponding shapes underneath this is how my eldest learnt and my son can identify his name from a list of names by pointing at it and then at himself he also knows I have his name tattoed on me ( I am not suggesting you tattoo yourself lol ) but play time makes it fun and it sticks in without them actually realising what they are doing also I found fridge magnets with the alaphabet works you can get the with numbers on too for uner a fiver!!



Hope this helps you Keep me posted on your progress  

Jennifer - posted on 03/27/2009

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Here are several things that I have done. Use shaving cream or whipped cream or even pudding. On a flat surface write with your child each letter of the alphabet saying its name as you create them. It is a fun engaging way to draw, see and hear the letter name relationships. You can also get the song "who let the alphabet out" it is sung to the tune of who let the dogs out... very cute. Repatition such as flashcars work well but can be tiresome and boring for a 4 year old. Dry erase boards are also a great idea as well as bathtub crayons. When saying the name of the letter start to say what it says. So if you are drawing the letter A you can say this is A and A says aaaaa. This is B and B says bbbbb etc. etc. I started these things with my 2 year olds and at 3 they knew each name and sound relationship. Good luck! They key is making it fun and engaging.

Natasha - posted on 03/27/2009

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Hello,



I think that the cards would work best,They did for my 2 girls.



I should try it.



Good luck!!!!!

Raquel - posted on 03/27/2009

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I taught preschool for many years and I observed that each child learns differently.  Some kids did well with flash cards and writing things down on paper, but most preschoolers do not learn well this way.  I found unconventional ways of teaching them to recognize and write letters.  I used playdough to make letters, then i would write the letter on a piece of paper and have them trace it with the playdough.  Mini dry erase boards were a hit too.  The kids loved writing on them.  I didn't have them out everyday, so they were excited to use them as a special activity and had them writing more.  There are so many fun and wacky ways to learn the alphabet, and it makes it fun for her and you.  At this age, learning is best done by play, so if you make it seem like you are playing, she will not notice that she is learning!  As far as remembering the letters to her name, it seems that she doesn't grasp letter and sound recognition yet.  Try to associate the letter with the sound.  As far as her writing her name, it's ok if its not perfect, as long as she can recognize and put all the letters together to her name.  I hope this helps and feel free to contact me if you want more tips or ideas!

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Hya,

My son is the same age and he has learnt his letters by them all having names, ie, eddie elephant, naughty nick lucy lamp, sammy snake, hope it helps x

Tee - posted on 03/27/2009

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How about getting a piece of card, mark out 26 squares, and draw a very simple picture under each letter that corresponds with the letter.... i.e. a for apple, b for bee etc... and try to get her to focus on the sound of the letter not the letter name.  This is how I taught all 3 of my boys, and its also how our local preschool and school do it too.  Hope it helps xx

Jesse - posted on 03/27/2009

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I made big flash cards with my daughter, and drew the letter and something that starts with that letter on the cards.  I would recomend this, practice a few letters at first and then add a new one or two each day.  She will catch on quick, I am sure.  I also added the lower case letters to the flash cards for my daughter, but she is in kindergarten, so it may be a little too soon for your little one.

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