Suggestions to help my 5 year old boy learn ABCs

Amanda - posted on 10/02/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Help please! My 5 year old son is struggling in school right now. He is having difficulty learning and remembering his letters (upper & lower case) and their sounds. He is doing better with his name and numbers. He can write them o.k. when he is tracing them on a worksheet but is having difficulty remembering their name when he looks at them. (My oldest is in 1st grade and has always done so well and loved learning so this is new to me. I also am the oldest of 5 girls so I don't know much about boys, I'm trying to learn :) ! My son doesn't like to sit for long periods of time and really dislikes homework. I don't really know how to best help him. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Amanda

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Tiffany - posted on 02/09/2011

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Leapfrog products 100%! coloring books with ABC's and V-SMILE products/ the gaming system! My daughter just turned 4 and she has been singing her ABC's since she was 2! She can actually read shor sentences and my now two year old can actually recognize small words! The LEAPFROG EXPLORER is the best, they play it like a video game but they have to spell and read words through the whole game!

Elfrieda - posted on 02/09/2011

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I'd make magnets. I know there are alphabet magnets, but I don't think they come in lower case. You can buy magnet tape. It's sticky on one side, and you just press it onto whatever you want to turn into a magnet.

So I'd cut 52 squares of stiff paper, and then write "A,B,C..." and "a, b, c...." on each tile in bright markers. (maybe it would be a good idea to make them all the same colour, so that your son doesn't just memorize the colour instead of the shape of the letter.) Now you have the makings of all kinds of games, where he can stand and wiggle and you can do it while you're in the kitchen.

-matching the capital letters to the lowercase letters (I learned "big" and "baby" and always imagined that I was reuniting a family, but maybe it wouldn't have the same appeal to a little boy. What about making the capital letter a dog, and he needs to sniff around (moving the magnet around making sniffing sounds) until he finds the bone (lowercase letter) that belongs to him)

- find M for mommy, find D for daddy, find B for Billy, etc

- I'm taking the milk out of the fridge. Mmmmilk. What letter says mmmm?

- Now jump and find the letter J. Jump, jump, jump! The letter J says "j"!

-Now yawn and find the letter Y. Yawn.... Y says "y". What other words start with "y"? Can you think of a colour that starts with Y?

It might help. Good luck.

Also, don't worry too much. I didn't learn how to read until I was 7. Now I love reading.

Crystal - posted on 02/09/2011

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Pleaes let me know what helps you because you are describing my son as well!!!! My daughter has always done so well and its totally different much harder!

Maude - posted on 10/03/2009

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Quoting Amanda:

Suggestions to help my 5 year old boy learn ABCs

Help please! My 5 year old son is struggling in school right now. He is having difficulty learning and remembering his letters (upper & lower case) and their sounds. He is doing better with his name and numbers. He can write them o.k. when he is tracing them on a worksheet but is having difficulty remembering their name when he looks at them. (My oldest is in 1st grade and has always done so well and loved learning so this is new to me. I also am the oldest of 5 girls so I don't know much about boys, I'm trying to learn :) ! My son doesn't like to sit for long periods of time and really dislikes homework. I don't really know how to best help him. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Amanda



Hi my name is Maude and i have a 5 year old son myself and he knows all of his ABC's. My suggestion to you that if u feel like that ur son is at the appropriate age to say his abc's and also remember them which he is. I would suggest that u either ask to put him in another class with a good teacher, or u can aslo take play time away from him, that way he would want to have his play time and that would encourage him to want to do his abc's. And also try an ask him every now an then to say his abc's like catch him off gaurd and you would be like say ur abc's, try to do it more regular. Let me know if he gets better at those ABC's.

Jateice - posted on 10/03/2009

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What about one of those fridge phonics games? He could practice while you cook supper or whatever. It would probably help to find ways to bring up letters and letter sounds that you come across in every day life. Getting the milk out of the fridge you could say something like Milk starts with the letter M an m sounds like ... or something to that effect. That way it isn't always a sit down and learn type of thing. You may just have wait some of it out and one day it will just click. Good luck.

Amanda - posted on 10/03/2009

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thanks cindy. i appreciate your advice. i'll try some of these things and update how things are going in a while. thanks again.

Cindy - posted on 10/02/2009

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Maybe try getting him to sing the ABC's song with you, and then he will eventually memorize the song, thus knowing his ABC's! Also buy alot of books that have to do with the letters of the alphabet and teaching the ABC's, or get some videos that teach ABC's there are alot of those out there. All that stuff helped me when i was that age and learning my ABC's. Or you could also get oen of those electronic toys that teaches ABC's, something fun that would keep his attention.

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