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I'm currently working with a 5 1/2 yr old, who has poor letter recoginition and cannot write. Is he behind where he should be? And what are some of the techniques you've used to help children recognize their ABCs and to teach them to write?

This is my first time teaching a child to learn their ABCs, write, spell, read, etc. Any and all help will be super helpful. Thank you in advance!!!

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Asked by js817 at 2:03 PM on Mar. 22, 2010 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • i go to these websites to get ideas and print outs my kids enjoy them

    hope this helps

    Answer by gothmama91 at 8:41 PM on Mar. 22, 2010

  • i prefer the being it actually has lesson plans and the same stuff they use in school and it goes up to middle school so you will always have access to extra practice sheets for your kids and even has stuff for preschoolers and the printable writing pages which i let my 2 yr old use

    Answer by gothmama91 at 8:58 PM on Mar. 22, 2010

  • I thought my son the song and then when he knew it properly I started showing him the letters to the name and he got it fast around 2... he had a little trouble writing but I bought these cool little things that go on your pencil and show you where your fingers are suppose to go, I don't know where you can find them I got mine at Meijers in Michigan.. That helped out a lot... I have noticed with boys to you have to keep it ver interesting or they don't want to listen to gl

    Answer by randilinn at 9:49 AM on Mar. 23, 2010

  • leap frog fridge magnets, they teach phonics as well as letter recognition.

    have a "letter of the day": post it, have foods starting with that letter, name animals, peoples names, etc with that letter, or scavenger hunts through the house for things that start with that sound

    as for writing, start with observing together the individual components of letters: loops, straight lines, curves. use chalk to write them a foot tall on the sidewalk (large motor before small motor). spread flour in a baking pan and have them use their finger to "draw" the letter in it.

    for reading, after they know their phonics, or while they learn, label things around the house with sticky notes.

    read together A LOT, especially stuff like dr. seuss: it's simple, fun, and repetitive. my earliest reading memories are starting to recognize words in stories I knew by heart.

    buy them three dimensional letters to spell out their names.

    Answer by autodidact at 1:17 PM on Mar. 23, 2010

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