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should i be worried

my son turned 3 in january... he has been fully potty trained since 18months.... talks very very good... know how to dress himself... wash hisself properly and brush his teeth... so for those reasons i think he is kinda advanced for his age... the problem is that he don't know his abc's and when I try to teach him or do anything educational he makes excuses and say his stomach hurt or he sleepy or something... could he have a learning disability or is he just being lazy and i should leave it alone until he ready?

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sha-sha_mommy

Asked by sha-sha_mommy at 8:59 PM on Jun. 24, 2009 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • try a diff approach about the teaching. get puzzles, coloring books etc w/the alphabets and numbers. my daughter learned hers at 2 using puzzles etc. i would drive by a big sign and point out the letters and what it said. things like that, whereas if you try to sit them down and teach them that way they get impatient and don't want to do it.
    vabchmommy

    Answer by vabchmommy at 9:03 PM on Jun. 24, 2009

  • my son is three and 1/2 and kinda knows them but there not perfect by no means, i think every child learns at there own pace he will get it just work with him i put my little boy in preschool and it has help out also. i think boys are kinda lazy when it come to this also. mine is anyways. : ) Good Luck!
    Amanda2430

    Answer by Amanda2430 at 9:38 PM on Jun. 24, 2009

  • ummm, no, at 3 he may just not be interested in learning those things. 3 year olds learn more through play, so stop trying to teach him and play with puzzles, sing the abc's song etc. Unless he asks to sit down and learn in the traditional way, then doing that is going to bore him and he will find any excuse NOT to do it.
    Petie

    Answer by Petie at 9:55 PM on Jun. 24, 2009

  • Preschoolers learn great through rhymes and song, so the ABC song truly does work. Get a coloring book that has letters in it, and when he's coloring point out what they are. Count everything when playing, cooking, cleaning etc. Make it fun, think of silly rhymes... Spell his name out to him, or your name, siblings names, things like that. Relate what your trying to teach him to things he deems related to his life. He probably doesn't understand why your asking him to learn these things and therefore has no desire to learn them. There is always a chance he could have a learning disability, but that wouldn't effect him at 3. If in Kindergarden he still can't get his letters down, thats when you need to be concerned. Before then, he just doesn't see why its important so why waste his precious play time learning these "letters" mommy deems so necessary. He'll be fine, he sounds super smart!
    ba13ygrl1987

    Answer by ba13ygrl1987 at 11:17 PM on Jun. 24, 2009

  • THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE ADVICE I THINK IM GONNA GO OUT AND BUY SOME LEAPFROG TOYS AND A FEW PUZZLE HPEFULLY HE GETS IT.... HE IS ABOUT TO START PRESCHOOL I THOUGHT HE NEEDED TO KNOW IT BEFORE HE GO BUT AFTER READING OTHER POST IM MORE CONFIDENT THAT HE IS NOT TOO FAR BEHIND CAUSE HE DOES KNOW IT WHEN I SING WITH HIM HE JUST DONT WANT TO DO IT BY HIMSELF
    sha-sha_mommy

    Answer by sha-sha_mommy at 12:53 AM on Jun. 25, 2009

  • He is making excuses because he doesn't enjoy the method of teaching that you are using. Boys especially are activie learners. He will enjoy and learn concepts quicker if the activities are He has plenty of time to learn those skills you mentioned. The only criteria a child TRULY needs before entering Kindergarten is that they be 5 years old and have all of his shots. Of course, we know that knowing more than that is very helpful, but not mandatory! At his age, he will learn best through music and movement, manipulating objects like puzzles, pegs, playdoh, etc (hands on activities). If you get out flash cards, workbooks, coloring sheets, etc, he will probably not attend well to what you want him to learn.
    LovetoTeach247

    Answer by LovetoTeach247 at 1:40 AM on Jun. 25, 2009

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