Does your child recognize his/her letters?

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Registered: 05-31-2004
Does your child recognize his/her letters?
Tue, 01-11-2011 - 8:51am

Hi! My son is almost 3 (late Feb). He doesn't sing the whole alphabet and just recently started recognizing the first letter of his name. I was home with him yesterday and he learned a few more letters. He is in daycare fulltime. I'd love to know what your kids are doing and also if they are in daycare vs. at home as well.




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Registered: 01-15-2007
Wed, 01-12-2011 - 1:59am

Gigi's in daycare full-time.

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Registered: 06-10-2007
Mon, 01-17-2011 - 1:21am

I think its okay that he doesnt know his letters yet. He is only 3. I am kindergarten teacher and I always get students in class who dont know their letters or sounds. Its my job to teach them. In the end, they do okay. I can tell that you are a concerned and dedicated parent to be aware of that already. Here is what I did with my daughter. She just turned 3 last week. She does know all her letters and sounds, but her best friend who is older doesnt.

First I think she learned them because she wanted to, she was really interested in learning them. We started by showing her her name in the bath tub writing in shaving cream. She really loved that and we would practice every night in the shower. So it was reviewed every day. Plus we explored you tube and it had letter songs and alphabet videos. She also had letter phonics cards (from my classroom) that she like to play with. I found some DVDs at the dollar store and it drives me crazy but she loves to watch it. Also the show Super Why she loves, and it does letters all the time. Only when she wants to practice or read them do we look at letters. I never force or make her practice.

Sorry if that sounded long winded. I'm new here but thought I'd share what we've done. I think if you find some way to interest a child, the more they are going to like and remember what you teach them. Try shaving cream, writing in mud with sticks, rolling letters in play-doh or even writing with dry erase markers on the windows or mirrors in your house. They come of with a wipe of a cloth.

By the way my DD goes to daycare 2 days a week. I can't afford more. The rest of the time shes at my moms. The daycare is run by the school district. But the 2yr old class doesnt do letters. They do colors and shapes and those sorts of things. She is transitioning into the 3yr old room and in there they will do handwriting


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Registered: 07-02-2005
Mon, 01-17-2011 - 9:48pm
Cavan will be 3 next month. He knows all of his uppercase letters by sight (and has for awhile now) and will say what they are, but he doesn't sing the ABC song very well, he usually gets to the middle and then stops, but then sometimes he'll pick back up and sing it, so I can't tell if he knows it and is just getting bored of singing it, or if he just forgets chunks of it. He knows some of the lower case ones as well.

He can also write a few letters, C, A, V, O, R, T, and H (all uppers). I've been working on his name with him, but he doesn't remember how to do it himself and usually won't keep attention long enough to follow my lead. He's in a "mommy do it" phase right now.

Cavan doesn't go to preschool/daycare, he's home with me all day but we do playdates with lots of other kids. I think he was a bit ahead on his letters because at a certain point he was VERY interested in coloring and I would label everything and write the ABCs for him, so it's kind of a game. We draw a picture then we label the things in it.
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Registered: 05-15-2007
Tue, 01-25-2011 - 2:48pm
My 3 yo identifies all of his letters about 90% of the time correctly. He has for a while. He has had many, many toys that have letters ...various computers which he loves, puzzles with letters, and he too loves to watch super why (PBS). After he pretty much mastered that he has gone on to numbers and he can count to 13. He makes mistakes (calls twelve "two-teen), but he has 1-9 down pat. on the flip side he is just really starting to speak, he is rather slow with his language but I've seen a huge leap the past few months and is starting to string together 3 word sentences. I think the letters interested him, we worked on them alot, and he got alot of postive reinforcements when he would get them right.
He is just now learning colors and shapes...
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Registered: 08-02-2010
Wed, 01-26-2011 - 12:37pm
DD is 3 almost 4 knows all letters and numbers and can spell her name. DS is 2 and he also knows all letters and numbers and spell his name. DD couldn't do this till she was 2 1/2-3.
Each child is different and works on their own time table.
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Registered: 01-18-2008
Mon, 01-31-2011 - 12:00am
Hi i'm Azaria my son Derrick is two and he's not in day care but he knows the alphabet but sometimes forgets his name lol its really easy to teach toddlers with songs.
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Registered: 05-12-2005
Wed, 02-02-2011 - 2:40pm
Logan learned his letters during his 3rd year.. so I think your child is right on track :) He's 4 now and is working on recognizing numbers. He never sang the alphabet until close to 4... but he never sang ANY songs up until then. LOL

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Registered: 08-06-2007
Sat, 02-05-2011 - 1:01pm

My daughter is almost 3 (March 31st).

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Registered: 03-04-2008
Sun, 02-06-2011 - 12:35pm

My son is 27 months and has known most of the alphabet for a few months now.

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Registered: 02-27-2011
Sun, 02-27-2011 - 11:56pm

My daughter learned them around 2 & now at 3 is just starting to get that A & Apple go together etc.