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My own child can read Cvc words and knows about 250 sight words, but keeps messing up the abcs. He knew it going into prek, but somehow canít remember n and t 😫.

Any tips?

Weíve tried watching YouTube videos and just repeating the alphabet over and over. Iíve given him the letters to look at it while he sings it.

Iím so frustrated and so is he. 😩


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Will he be going into K this year? Let it go for now. It will right itself.

Can he names the letters out of order when you point to them ó just not Ďsaying/singingí the abcís? Then really donít worry about it!

Find something else fun to do!
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agree with backing off
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He's already way ahead with all those sight words! I agree with not worrying about the song for a while. Once the stress is gone, he'll probably pick it back up.
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Going into k.

Thanks!
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Old 06-23-2018, 05:47 AM
 
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Don't stress this. Toddlers shouldn't be frustrated. Let him play!


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Old 06-23-2018, 07:41 AM
 
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A child does not need to know the names of the letters in order to learn how to read. I agree with the previous posters..don't concern yourself or your child about it. Let him learn the joys of curiosity and play.
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Not a toddler
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Heís 5. Isnít it a requirement for k?
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I'm not sure of your question however assuming it refers to knowing the name of each letter: yes,most teachers will screen for letter name knowledge. I also screen for reading ability,written composition skills and comprehension. A child who cannot name each letter in August is not a huge concern for me at that time. A child who cannot focus for at least 5 minutes or cannot compose an oral sentence well would be on my Spidey senses in August
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Old 06-23-2018, 10:51 AM
 
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Stop stressing. He will know them all when its
Time. Not a big deal. If you push it too much he will learn to hate reading.
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Old 06-23-2018, 11:02 AM
 
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Heís 5. Isnít it a requirement for k?

I consider PreKs to be toddlers.

And I guess it depends on the school, but it is absolutely not a requirement for my class. When parents ask me what their kid needs to know/be able to do, I say, "He needs to use the bathroom independently. Everything else is my job."

I get kids without a word of English. Everything except using the toilet/wiping/zipping is my job to teach*. Please just put the flashcards away and let him play.

* I did have a little girl years ago, no English, try to use the urinals in the boys' bathroom. I did have to give her some guidance in the pottying department.


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Old 06-24-2018, 08:27 PM
 
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Knowing letter names and sounds isn't a requirement going into K at my school. That's basically what they spend the first half of the year on. Reading CVC words is an end of year expectation. Like a pp said, I know our K teachers would much better appreciate a kid that came in being able to follow directions and focus! Many kids come in with no letter name/sound knowledge. I agree, let him enjoy his summer.

If at some point (and this should NOT be at the beginning of the year) the K teacher brings up concerns about letter name/sound knowledge, you can ask for activities to do at home that better connect with the language/activities he's used to from school.
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Old 06-25-2018, 06:40 PM
 
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At naming letters and sounds. He used to know his abcs but is regressing. Kind of thru me for a loop. Itís definitely something he needs to master.

He can sit and listen fine.
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I'm confused...when you say "know his ABCs" I assumed you meant he struggles to name letters and sounds. Do you mean he literally just can't remember the ABC song? If so, that's definitely not something to worry about at all.

I've never worked in a school that has kids sing the ABC song for instruction. Even if they do it at his school just for fun, he'll pick it up with the group. It's not like they're going to ask your kid to stand in front of the class and sing the ABCs. When we assess letter skills, the letters are placed out of order and students are asked to identify the name and/or sound, depending on the assessment. I promise no one is going to ask him to sing the ABC song as an assessment.
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It’s definitely something he needs to master.
But not today. Barring a learning disability, kids learn their letters. When they're developmentally ready. You can't push past it. Just support and have a literacy-rich home. My kids used to have a game in the car...find an E on a sign or whatever. Kept them from being bored and was a low pressure way to support letter recognition.


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At naming letters and sounds. He used to know his abcs but is regressing.

What's the difference between naming letters and knowing his ABCs?
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Old 06-26-2018, 05:01 PM
 
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Identify letters but not sing the alphabet.
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Old 06-26-2018, 06:33 PM
 
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Literally no K teacher cares about singing the ABC song. My issue is usually the opposite: parents think singing the ABC song means the child knows his letters.


Truly, this isn't something to worry about. And most of them screw up the LMNOP part, anyway!
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Old 07-09-2018, 02:03 PM
 
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I agree with everyone else - it's time to let it go and not worry about it. He is already ahead of the game. No need to start school frustrated.


I'm happy if my incoming kinders can write their name!
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