letter and number recognition?

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Registered: 08-12-2009
letter and number recognition?
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Mon, 03-29-2010 - 8:47am

When and how do you start teaching this?


nolan knows the key letters, ie, m for mommy, d for daddy, g for grandma, nolan for his name.


just wondering how to work on that....


And when should they know them all.


By kindergarten they need to know all their letters and numbers, so next fall for us, and by grade 1, two years later (as we have jk and sk) they have to be able to read.

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Registered: 07-31-2005
Mon, 03-29-2010 - 12:29pm

As you know I'm a big fan of the Leapfrog Letter Factory.

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Registered: 03-14-2007
Mon, 03-29-2010 - 10:05pm
We have wooden blocks that have letters and numbers printed on them. They're the classic wooden blocks you think of in a child's nursery. Audrey got them last Christmas, and we've played with them on and off since then. She can recognize all of the uppercase ones, but not the lowercase ones yet. We also write things out for her in crayon when we're drawing pictures. I THINK she can recognize her name when it's written out, but I'm not sure. Lowercase letters are the project for this summer.
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Registered: 12-14-2006
Tue, 03-30-2010 - 12:26pm

what? they have to know the letters before going to kindergarten? thats kinda silly.

lara recognizes all the numbers but only a few letters. it happened in 2 ways.
1-she watches the old sesame street and elmos.
2-we have magnets with numbers and letters and we play with them all the time. i dont put them all out at once of course. she likes to animate anything--not just dolls or animals...so some days im like ill be th ltter M for mommy and the ltter m plays with the other little people etc. and she remembers that one.

but i think way more important than recognizing letters is reading. the best way to get kids to learn to read is to read to them(and also reading to yourself in front of them gets them interested). and thats much more valuable than trying to get them to learn letters very early-as they will learn them all the same and much quicker a bit later on. with reading they start recognizing words that are repeated frequently. Lara for example recognizes the word zoo. but im not crazy trying to teach it to her it just appears a lot in 2 of her favorite books.

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Registered: 08-03-2009
Tue, 03-30-2010 - 1:50pm

I was talking to my friend (who's a Kindergarten teacher).

 

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Registered: 04-25-2008
Tue, 03-30-2010 - 5:45pm

DD knows all her letters, numbers up to 14. How high are they supposed to know for numbers?

I don't really work with DD for either item...she used to watch the leap frog letter factory videos a lot and those really helped her learn them, but she doesn't really like them anymore.

She has 2 years before she goes to kindergarten so I'm not feeling in much of a rush. We're going to start working on reading/writing Apr 1st because my goal for her 3rd birthday is for her to be able to spell her name. Other words would be nice, too =)

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Registered: 10-30-2005
Wed, 03-31-2010 - 11:40am
Dylan has learned a lot from Ryan. He knows his name starts with a D. He will point at each word starting with a D and ask if it is his name.
American and European Schools are way different I think. I went a lot with the flow on Ryans playgroup here on IV. While he had problems writing his name neatly, he could when starting kindergarten. he knew his colors and shapes. he could count to 20 in two languages and sing the ABC. entered school.. and... they are teaching the shapes just now. and he is bored because we already did this at home a long time ago...




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Registered: 10-09-2007
Wed, 03-31-2010 - 12:07pm

We can sing the ABCs and recognize a few letters. Hartley wants to learn them and asks questions about some letters. We have been using flash cards and some Sesame videos from Sesame online. He learned to sing his ABCs that way.

There also is a great PBS show called Super Y which is Hartley's favorite show. Our Target has been sold out of Letter Factory ;-(

We can count to 20 but make some mistakes in the teens. Thomas Trains have really improved our number recognition.

Chantail- did you say Kindergarten next year? Hartley goes to preschool, but he will not enter Kindergarten until Sept 2013. I am holding him back1 year since his birthday is borderline.



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Registered: 08-12-2009
Wed, 03-31-2010 - 12:45pm

hey Robin, next fall, so fall 2011 is when nolan starts junior kindergarten and it will most likely be all day every day.


by grade 1 they need to be able to read, by the start of grade 1, so that happens during kindergarden.


By the time he starts he needs to know his letters and numbers, and they work on the sound of letters and stuff.


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Registered: 07-21-2006
Thu, 04-01-2010 - 12:24pm

Trent can recognize numbers 0 - 9, but he will call 11 a one and a one, or 12 a one and a two. He recognizes the key letters like T for Trent, M for Mommy, D for Daddy, etc, too. He can clearly write a T (for Trent), but that's it.


He still doesn't hold a crayon correctly because he has NO interest in drawing or coloring, but he has learned his numbers, colors, and shapes from puzzles and books. He asks a lot of questions about everything, so we kind of go at the pace he sets for himself. The letter recognition is coming, but slowly.


We are still working on the alphabet song. :) Right now, he sings, "A B CCCCC F

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Registered: 07-13-2005
Fri, 04-02-2010 - 4:26pm

Lurker here--just popping in to add that my ds (born 07/15/07) knows his entire alphabet by sight and we didn't really even try to teach him.

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