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My 5 y/o needs help in school (PIOG)

Posted by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 4:16 PM
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 So DS has been having trouble with letter recognizition and with recognizing the sounds the letters make. He can recognize the letter by way of flash cards but on paper its like he never knew them and we can go over the sound a certain letter makes but move on to a different word with the same letter and he doesn't know it. We try and help him at home but it just becomes a frustrating mess. The school has him going to all day kindergarten to try and help him. So he has one teacher in the AM and then another for the PM part (they don't have all day kindergarten like a lot of schools do). This just started this week so its too soon to tell if it is helping. I would like to do more for him at home so I bought a couple different DVD's for him from amazon since he likes movies. I even called Sylvan which is a tutoring service known for really helping kids but the closest center is 2 hours away. Don't get me wrong, I will take him if it helps but trying to find other ways closer to home first. And part of me doesn't even know if he truly doesn't know it. When we ask him why he wasn't able to do it at school he says he didn't feel like it. I have no idea? So any other suggestions? I do plan on calling the school and seeing if I can't get him involved with the reading specialist.

by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 4:16 PM
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by Ruby Member on Nov. 9, 2011 at 4:29 PM

 Maybe try fridge magnets or Scrabble tiles. That way you can leave whatever letter you're working on in place and just change the other ones. Like, spell out dog, have him tell you the "d" sound, then have him remove just the "o" and "g" so he sees the "d" stays, and add "a" and "d", so he'll hopefully see the "d" makes the same sound in "dad'.

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by Gold Member on Nov. 9, 2011 at 4:36 PM
I think first you need to give it time. Second is a pay site that you will have to probably help him with sometimes but it has helped my son tremendously!!! It is very well done IMO. My son had similar issues it confuses him sometimes to see them together. Even blocking the other letters has helped him.... Another reason why I like the site I mentioned is they show multiple fonts so he starts recognizing multiple forms of the same letter and sight words they have clever games...
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by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Try doing it backwards.  Instead of asking what does k "say" ask what letters show the /k/ sound.  I know that it sounds wrong, but I just started a tutoring program like that and it's made a HUGE difference with the kid I'm working with.

The scrabble tile idea is great!  That gets his hands working as well as his mind. 

by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 5:40 PM
Thanks I will have to try the scrabble thing.
by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 6:13 PM

I think the other moms have some good tips here. I love the frig magnet ones.

by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 6:32 PM is great too, my dd learned alot from it.
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by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 8:00 PM

My suggestion is to try out Preschool Prep.  Their DVD's helped my son learn some of his sight words.

Also, consider learning toys that teach letters.  My son loved his V-Tech Alphabet Town.  Here's one I found on ebay.

by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 8:06 PM
Thanks for the suggestions. As soon as dh gets the computer hooked back up I am going to check those things out. Doing mobile is just a pain lol.
by Jenna on Nov. 9, 2011 at 8:16 PM

I agree! My 5 year old loves starfall!

Quoting calimom1123: is great too, my dd learned alot from it.

by Max on Nov. 9, 2011 at 8:30 PM

When is his birthday? He may just need some time. If he's not developmentally ready pushing him won't really help.  He may surprise you in a couple of months it could all just suddenly come together for him.

Leap Frog has a set of videos that my son LOVES. I think they are really annoying, but what do I know?

I would focus on reading him tons and tons of books and talking about the letters in those books. Take him to the library and let him pick out whatever he wants. 

Show him the cover and ask him to find three letters he knows. Don't pressure him, just let him enjoy the books and showing off what he knows. When he feels more confident start asking him for specific letters. If he doesn't know it just tell him and ask him to repeat it. He may need to hear it 100 times before he gets it. Be patient. 

I would also focus on the sounds and not the names of the letters. The names of the letters don't really help with reading. You want him thinking of sounds when he sees them. I never even introduced the letter names to my son we just refer to them by sound. It's one less thing to confuse him.

Writing letters is also an important part of learning them. When children write them it helps them learn the shape so they can recognize it. See if he likes tracing letters you write with different color markers. 

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