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Subject: preschooler
Date Posted: 10/6/2008 10:03 PM ET
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My son is in pre-school but only able to go 2 days a week.  The teacher sends home worksheets for him to do to start teaching hm his ABC's.  I have a hard time getting him to draw his letters.  In fact he just has a hard time drawing them.  I have been very bad about sitting down with him and teaching him. 

Is this normal at first?  I don't want to be to hard on him and would really like your advice on my son beginning to learn his ABC's.

Date Posted: 10/6/2008 10:29 PM ET
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Tammy,

I have a preschooler (41/2) son who does not like to learn to print his letters either. I am not pushing him, I figured he will show me when he is ready. Several things that we have tried that is working for him, is that when I do give him a worksheet that has letter to trace, I ask him what color of colored pencil he wants to use. He loves doing this. Another thing that I do with him is get him to trace the letters with his fingers. I do it first and then he does it. I try to make a game out of it.  I also play "I spy" whatever letter we are working on, then when his interest is up ....I will then try and give him a tracing worksheet.

Hope that helps

Melissa

Date Posted: 10/6/2008 10:40 PM ET
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I'm glad I'm not the only one here.  My 3 1/2 yr old son goes to preschool 2 times a week for half day and he usually doesn't enjoy doing paperwork like that.  I'm homeschooling him part time but when he's ready for kindergarten that will become full time homeschooling.  I'm still nervous about it, but I'm gonna give it a try!  :)

Earlier today, he stumbled upon one of the write on/wipe off workbooks and started writing/scribbling in them.  I caught him practicing the letter "Dd" and I praised him for doing a great job then let him be.

We also play "I Spy" at times at different places (story time - spot which letter on the page we're currently at in the book, the store - find which letters/colors we see, etc etc etc). 

As for counting, we use different manipulatives - mostly his toys such as Hot Wheels.

Date Posted: 10/7/2008 12:45 AM ET
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Try practicing his letters in different ways rather than just using worksheets.  Get a baking sheet and cover it with foamy shaving cream and have him write his letters in the foam.  Have him use sidewalk chalk on the sidewalk or chalk on a chalkboard.  Use watercolor paints to practice painting the letters.  Roll out playdough into worms and shape the worms into letters.  A lot of preschoolers aren't ready to do seated work just yet, but if you can make it something that seems like play, you might have more success.

Date Posted: 10/7/2008 1:07 AM ET
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thanks everyone! there are alot of great ideas here and great support. 

Date Posted: 10/7/2008 9:14 AM ET
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I highly recommend Handwriting Without Tears.  They have preschool materials (which they didn't have when I started) that are inexpensive.  The HWT is so great; we've used it for six years.

www.hwtears.com

Also, you might try Starfall (it's free):

www.starfall.com

Date Posted: 10/7/2008 11:20 AM ET
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Chocolate syrup was my son's fav!  LOL!  I poured chocolate syrup on a white plate.  He made a letter in the syrup, licked his finger, rubbed it out, licked his finger, made another letter, licked his finger.... it was a fun afternoon! LOL!

Date Posted: 10/7/2008 4:55 PM ET
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Before I had kids I was a preschool teacher and we always had fun letting kids fingerpaint with pudding.  Imagine my surprise at finding that one of my kids  would not touch pudding!  I tried the shaving cream idea, too, and he wouldn't touch it but he did like the smell of it.  :o)  To this day, he doesn't like messy hands or "gicky" stuff.  Just thought I'd mention that in case someone wonders if they are the only ones with a kid who doesn't like that.  He liked letters cut out of sandpaper or different textures of paper.

Cindy

 

Date Posted: 10/8/2008 9:04 AM ET
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Cindy - my son, at 10, still HATES to touch stuff.  He's a bit of a germaphobe, too!  :-)  All the way back in "Parents as Teachers" (PS 0-3 services) he wouldn't touch shaving cream, pudding, whipped cream, or buckets of rice, sand, beans, etc.

There are plastic "tracing" numbers and letters that have raised, triangular bumps on them that go in the direction of how to form a letter.  I purchased some at a local teacher store.  I can't recall the brand, but they were really neat.  I ended up donating them to the preschool.  They were about 3-4 inches.  My son did tolerate that, as it was a "stable" and "hard" surface.

JC

Date Posted: 10/8/2008 11:06 AM ET
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Now that I think of it, my son really liked the sets that had the letters drawn on a shiny white surface (like dry erase board?) that he could trace over with a crayon and then wipe off with a tissue.  I think I got them from Discovery Toys.  Are they still around?  They had the letters and numbers with little arrows showing the direction to draw the lines.  On the back of the sheet it had blank space and my kids loved drawing pictures on those, too. 



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