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I have 2 other children that were very advanced at the age of 4 so i wasn't sure if this was normal....

He cannot write most of his alphabet
he recognizes all upper case and some lower case
does not not know the sounds letters make
he counts to 15
he cannot write his name independently... only when you spell it to him (but he DOES know how to spell it-first name only)
he doesnt know the difference between just first name or just last name- when you ask him his first name he tells you his whole name
he cannot hold a pencil right no matter how many times he is shown how
he knows basic shapes and colors

My older 2 could read, write, simple addition and subtraction, count to 100, they knew shapes like hectagon, and octogon and trapezoids, plus much much more, they are now in the talented and gifted program in elementary school.

Do you think his abilities are "average" or "below average"?


Asked by Anonymous at 4:50 PM on Aug. 19, 2010 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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Answers (8)
  • Every child is unique. I would just practice with him. Make it fun, do not battle with him. You will lose if you make it a chore.

    Answer by AdrianaS at 4:55 PM on Aug. 19, 2010

  • slightly below

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 4:51 PM on Aug. 19, 2010

  • Average to slightly below. If he could do all that. He would be advanced. I would say he should be fine and will be able to learn it all in Kindergarten. Nothing to worry about at all.

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 4:54 PM on Aug. 19, 2010

  • Average.

    Answer by 7blessings at 5:06 PM on Aug. 19, 2010

  • I agree with Adriana.

    Answer by Mom2Just1 at 11:01 PM on Aug. 19, 2010

  • Above :) atleast when I think about my oldest two at four though they caught up pretty quick :) I think we shouldn't stress about these kinda things when they are this young(does not mean don't work with them). Let them be free had make sure they have plenty of fun :) education is important but we have to remember life is short.

    Answer by crazymom21 at 1:17 AM on Aug. 20, 2010

  • My son is autistic but he gains so much from preschools if he's not in you might want to think about doing that.

    Answer by whoreallycares at 4:14 AM on Aug. 20, 2010

  • Children develop differently.

    My daugther was reading at 4, and couldn't write a single letter.

    Answer by rkoloms at 12:29 PM on Aug. 20, 2010