need advice for teaching reading and counting, for 5 years old kiddo...

Alti - posted on 01/14/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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my najla is 5 yearas old, and now im trying help her to learning reading and counting, i just wannna now how to teach practically.....



thank u

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Alti - posted on 01/15/2009

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thank you very much...it mean a lot to me...i'll try to read more books to my najla....and yes deirdre, i have to enjoy this journey....thanks dina, kirsta, heather,pam, deidre, and shandie!!!

Dina - posted on 01/15/2009

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I got colored mini marshmallows and let the boys have a certain number for dessert. They loved counting out their marshmallows, and wanted to make sure they got the whole amount!

Kirsta - posted on 01/15/2009

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We found some really great counting books and cds at Borders a few months ago. We play them in the car and the kids just love to sing along and count the car ride away

Heather - posted on 01/15/2009

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Definitely read to your child! The thing that worked best for my daughter is Dr. Seuss books. My daughter was reading these books to us when she was very young. I think it is because they rhyme so much that when they do not know the word they can figure it out by thinking of a word that will rhyme. Also, kids seem to remember alot through music. If you can find songs with counting that may help her. I have made home made games. For example, I used 2 poster boards. On one I cut out  10 ladybugs and numbered them 1 through 10.  On the head I wrote the number & then made that amount of dots on the wings. On the second poster board I made 10 more lady bugs.  The child can match them up while learning the numbers. I laminated all the pieces so they would last.

Pam - posted on 01/14/2009

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I'll echo the previous comments. Read, read, and read some more - but don't force it, of course! I'm an elementary school teacher and have seen time after time statistics that show the more reading is done at home, the smarter a kid is. For a 5 year old, look for picture books. Get her books she can handle herself - that will put up with rough handling. There are beautiful board books out there - smaller versions of picture books. My son loves Eric Carle books. You can also buy regular picture books to read to her - teach her how to handle books carefully...but no scolding or freaking out if she damages something. If you can't handle her being rough with books, stick to the durable ones for awhile. Point out words you see place - like stop signs and her name. In regards to counting, you can get books that have counting and count the objects on the pages with her. Get her fun manipulatives (balls, blocks, little toys) or use her toys or household objects to count. There are cute puzzles to teach counting and numbers or have her help you bake or cook and you can count the scoops together. Count on her body (two arms, five fingers on a hand, two eyes, etc.) Stick to numbers 1-5 to begin with. Above all, have fun and do it in little spurts. You don't want to make it tedious - so take your cues from her reactions. Back off if she's getting frustrated or board. Learning should really be fun.

Deirdre - posted on 01/14/2009

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read to your child every minute you can - my kids are avid readers because we read to them all of the time. Use fun objects to count - count everything in the grocery store, road signs, cars, etc. Make it fun and they will learn. Enjoy this journey!

Shandie - posted on 01/14/2009

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The easiest thing that I have found is reading daily with my daughter. She as well is 5 years old and has been having troubles with reading, and gets very frustrated because she thinks she is suppose to know how and doesnt want to learn. When I went to her first parent teachers conference, the teacher told me that Kaylee wasnt reading as well as she should so they instited that she do an afterschool program for reading. I was very hesitant about it but I am so glad that I put her in it, she loves it and is enjoying to learn to read. 



I went to Barnes and Noble and they had some books that are made specifically for 5 year olds to help start reading, so far they have been working great and there has been a big impovement in my childs life.

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