Won't learn letters and numbers

Anne - posted on 02/16/2011 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My 4 year old just is not getting her letters or numbers. its a huge struggle to just to count to 5, she fights every step of the way. nothing i have tried works. any ideas???

Grace - posted on 02/20/2011

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My daughter gets really frustrated easily with learning her letters too. She's 4 as well. She can count verbally but recognizing the letters and numbers and writing them are a big challenge. I'm going to try the treasure hunt and just sitting down and writing them on her etch a scetch thingy and having her copy me. I thought maybe my daughter was behind because she couldn't do these things. I'm glad I'm not the only one strugling with my child.

Carla - posted on 02/20/2011

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I make everything a song counting, letters, the potty song and even how to spell their names, it really worked for me.

Marcy - posted on 02/17/2011

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I know that there are lots of statistics out there and there are lots of moms that will say that kids learn at different paces. My gut is telling me that if she won't/can't count to five that you may want to check with her doctor and see what he/she thinks. Here is a game that I used to do wth my son and he loved it. I printed numbers and letters off the computer. One big number or letter per sheet of paper. I would ten print out a picture that started with specific letters t=turtle a=apple...you get it. With the numbers I would print out pictures of things on a piece of paper and put a certain amount on each piece 3 turtles for the number 3, 4 ice cream cones for the number 4. I would then hide the pictures all over the house. We did letters first so he would have to go and find a picture, bring it back to the living room and match it up with the letter it starts with. We would then hide the number pictures and he would bring it back, count and then put it with the right number sheet. I dressed him up in a pirate hat and we would call it number and letter treasure hunt...he loved it. Good luck.

Leslie - posted on 02/23/2011

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I got my little one- Preschool Prep DVD series on Amazon.com. I got letters, numbers & shapes. Although they are not her favorite (she'd rather watch Toy Story, Finding Nemo etc.) When she does watch them...she repeats everything it says. It makes learning fun. Good Luck

Megan - posted on 02/19/2011

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I just got a LeapFrog DVD -the Letter Factory, that I've heard people say they've gotten good results with. My 3 year old was watching tonight for the 2nd time and was repeating all the sounds the letters make when they go through them at the end of the movie- I was impressed!
For counting, can you have her help you cook and let her add 5 of something to the bowl or whatever. If you need 3 eggs, tell her, OK, we need 3 eggs, lets make sure we have the right number. If you need 1 cup of water, measure it by tablespoons -I'm thinking there's be around 12? and tell her we need 12 tbls of water, lets count them. Try to incorporate it into something that doesn't make it seem like you are counting, just to count, but because you have to.

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Anne - posted on 02/22/2011

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she cant even count out loud everything makes her upset she has learned how to "beat" all the games i try and teach her with

Liz - posted on 02/20/2011

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My son has autism and ADD and did not start counting until he was 5 were lucky it was that soon we knew something wasnt right at two when he could not grasp potty training and we put him into school strait away. hes just like that fighting me on numbers and letters he only learned colors because hes obsessed with cars and thats the way he knew who was at daycare or school.

Rhonda - posted on 02/18/2011

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You said that she fights you on it--does she not seem to understand it, or is she getting angry and annoyed when you try to teach her?

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Also we have one of those huge magnetic drawing pads, and we use that to draw letters and numbers. She loves to watch me draw certain shapes or numbers, then she will swipe the board blank and try to copy what I did. We do that with pictures also, like apples, spiders, cars, etc.

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I have a CD I play for my daughter. It has like 20 songs on it that are really fun, I even enjoy singing them with her lol. All but about 2 of the songs are counting and alphabet songs. Also a couple about words and what letter that start with. My daughter is 3 and knows every song word for word, including the whole alphabet, because she enjoys it. That is whats important, they have to enjoy it. I'm not sure how you are trying to teach her, but just make sure you are not making her learn. Make it seem fun! You can buy those cd's online or they have some decent ones at walmart. Also educational cartoons work really good also. I love Elmo! He is so cute and my daughter just adores him lol. Sesame Street has taught her ALOT of stuff. She loves to tell me what elmo taught her today, and some of the things elmo tells her I'm like "Um okay mommy didn't even know that!" Anyways start with the fun stuff.

Jeneva - posted on 02/17/2011

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How are you trying to teach her? Some learn with flash cards and some learn with songs. However, if you have tried those and she seems to struggle, talk to the pedi and get their ideas.

Dianne - posted on 02/17/2011

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Do you home school, or does she go to preschool? With my daughter (who's also four) I did flashcards, and now we've moved on to a preschool learning program that I do with her at home (I home school)...I have plenty of ideas. Perhaps we could communicate via email? I'm new to Circle of Moms; not sure how to do direct messages or whatever. ;) I'd be happy to help though.

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