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June 11, 2011

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karen

Hi Lily, A good friend of mine has a daughter the exact same age as mine. I dropped by her house one day and her daughter was tracing letters at the kitchen table! She too had printed up sheets from the internet and her daughter was having a great time blasting through the alphabet. I went home and eagerly found the material on-line. I set the sheets out for my daughter and.....nothing. She wasn't keen on the activity at all. (now she writes up a storm though her spelling is rather "creative"!) Her teacher told me to try other ideas. The letters and numbers in the Welcome to Kindergarten bag are a huge help. At several Welcome to Kindgergarten events I attended this spring, teachers spread the letters out on cookie sheets. The kids had a blast sliding the colourful letters around. With my twin neice and nephew, I hid the letters under cups and asked them to find the "J". Since they're two, they often said the wrong letter when we "found it" so I would repeat "J" a couple of times and move on. Making a letter out of marshmallows or chocolate chips is fun. Focusing on the letters in your son's name might be all he wants to do for now and the more creative the better. Parents have said to me there's not a lot of time to do these "activities". It may soon be summer (a time that's suppose to be more relaxing) but there's still lots on the go. The key is to find little opportunities in the everyday routine. It's just being mindful that small things can help children be more prepared for the classroom. There's times when I don't have the energy so I tell myself "next time". As for the tracing sheets, your son may attack them with gusto in a few months or skip them all together. There's lots of other ways to engage him. You'll know when it clicks!

Lily

Hi Karen, I've been trying to get my 4 year old son to sit and do some letters with me. I've printed sheets from websites that encourage tracing numbers and letters. I try to make it fun and more like a game but he doesn't seem interested. Am I forcing "work" on him

Karen

Hi Lily, A good friend of mine has a daughter the exact same age as mine. I dropped by her house one day and her daughter was tracing letters at the kitchen table! She too had printed up sheets from the internet and her daughter was having a great time blasting through the alphabet. I went home and eagerly found the material on-line. I set the sheets out for my daughter and.....nothing. She wasn't keen on the activity at all. (now she writes up a storm though her spelling is rather "creative"!) Her teacher told me to try other ideas. The letters and numbers in the Welcome to Kindergarten bag are a huge help. At several Welcome to Kindgergarten events I attended this spring, teachers spread the letters out on cookie sheets. The kids had a blast sliding the colourful letters around. With my twin neice and nephew, I hid the letters under cups and asked them to find the "J". Since they're two, they often said the wrong letter when we "found it" so I would repeat "J" a couple of times and move on. Making a letter out of marshmallows or chocolate chips is fun. Focusing on the letters in your son's name might be all he wants to do for now and the more creative the better. Parents have said to me there's not a lot of time to do these "activities". It may soon be summer (a time that's suppose to be more relaxing) but there's still lots on the go. The key is to find little opportunities in the everyday routine. It's just being mindful that small things can help children be more prepared for the classroom. There's times when I don't have the energy so I tell myself "next time". As for the tracing sheets, your son may attack them with gusto in a few months or skip them all together. There's lots of other ways to engage him. You'll know when it clicks!

Lily

Hi Karen, I've been trying to get my 4 year old son to sit and do some letters with me. I've printed sheets from websites that encourage tracing numbers and letters. I try to make it fun and more like a game but he doesn't seem interested. Am I forcing "work" on him?

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