3 year old still doesn't know his ABC's

Stephanie - posted on 01/12/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I have a very active 3 year old boy who still does not know his alphabet and has no interest in learning it. He has no learning disability and is on track with everything else. He can count to 14, knows his colors and can recite numerous songs. I have struggled with trying fun activities involving letters but I would like some new, fun and creative ideas to try.

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Amanda - posted on 01/12/2010

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I agree that he might know them and just not be letting you know that. My son did that, I was so worried, and then he started preschool and come to find out he knew alot more than I thought. Just keep singing and saying them. He is picking up more than you know.

Amanda - posted on 01/12/2010

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The previous posts are good, but remember: just because he won't say them doesn't mean he doesn't know them. My son had me convinced ( and worried) that he couldn't read at all for a long time, until one day I sneaked a peek into his room to check on him and heard him reading out loud to himself. If he is on track with other milestones, don't worry.

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Since he likes songs you can always start with the ABC song. You can get magnetic letters and have him play with them. When my son would look at signs and stuff I would just point out the letters to him like you would colors or anything else. O was his first letter :) He also loves playing games on the computer. So we have pbskids.org & sesamestreet.org on the favorites and he'll get online by himself and open up which ever website he feels like playing...on pbs kids they have Word World games and various others that are about letters, numbers, shapes, problem solving, etc. On sesame street Elmo has keyboard o rama where you push the various keys on the keyboard and Elmo identifies them and will show a picture of something that starts with that letter... My son is also 3 and has been able to identify parts of the alphabet since 18 mos and mastered it no later then 2 1/2. Good luck! :) Just remember to keep it fun!

Melissa - posted on 01/12/2010

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What I have always done with my son, and it became a ritual, is after his bath, I would wrap him up in a towel and I would hold him and we would look into the mirror and I would sing the ABC's. He learned them that way and then he started singing it with me. It was also a great bonding experience. He is definatly a mamma's boy and I love it. He really liked that time we spent together. Hope this helps. Best of luck!!

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