My 4 year old boy doesn't want to sit down and write letters, numbers, shapes etc.?
Topic: My 4 year old boy doesn't want to sit down and write letters, numbers, shapes etc.?
April 22, 2019 / By Suse Question:
My 4 year old son knows his alphabet, shapes, colors, counts to 20, but can't get him to sit down and actually write them. He starts preschool in a few weeks- 3 days a week, 3 hours at a time. I dont want him to be behind academically. I am a stay at home Mom, of a 4 year old, and almost 2 year old. I feel like I am failing as a Mom because my son doesn't want to learn. My son is very creative, but likes to play hands on, with cars, trucks,& blocks. My husband feels like we should just be happy, and blessed that we have a son that wants to play, and is healthy and happy. I am worried about him academically. Our son is very athletic, loves to run with me, play soccer, football with his Daddy, but I am so worried about the fact that I cant get him to sit still and focus.
Best Answers: My 4 year old boy doesn't want to sit down and write letters, numbers, shapes etc.?
Randi | 7 days ago
He's a kid, of coarse he doesn't want to learn!
I remember when I was that age..the last thing I wanted to do was
sit and learn when I was so full of energy and wanted to play.
You're not failing, you're doing a good thing,he is just behaving normally.
Just make sure you balance play time and work. What my parents did was made up work for me wo practice (letters, numbers,ect) and I wasn't allowed to play until it was done.
Helped me a lot. Every parent has their own methods, but just letting you know :)
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Originally Answered: what is your opinion on a language that 1 tone for 1 word,1 symbol for 1 word ,doesn't have letters?
My opinion? Kind of a strange question, but okay, I'll play along...
I guess they weren't as creative when they made it. I could understand if humans first originated in China, and the language was 100,000 years old or something. Maybe the fact that their written language was originally based on pictures had something to do with it. The fact that they changed tones to differentiate words is interesting, but not unlike the ancient Egyptians. In contrast, the Japanese must have had outside influence, from travels to Polynesia or possibly another native culture, to have poly syllabic words.
I don't like it or dislike it. But I'm glad our keyboards are easier, and our ability to create the printing press helped us a lot with the language we have. Another good question would be how French & Portuguese got so many different accents when they were based on Latin, which had none.
I wouldn't say half the world speaks Chinese. While there are Chinese people throughout Singapore and Southeast Asia, not to mention all over the world, they pretty much speak a thousand regional dialects, and many couldn't communicate with each other if it weren't for a common written language that amounts to drawing pictures.
Preschool children, especially boys, are not into sitting still and focusing on academic work at age 4. Boys often develop an interest in reading and writing later, grade 1 or so.
If it is a good preschool, he will be learning through play. He will not be expected to sit down and focus or do academic work, other than perhaps a short circle time with his class.
If he's creative, playing with cars, trucks, and blocks, he IS learning. He's learning lots of skills that he will need for academics later on. Just keep a writing/drawing/art centre with supplies ready for him when he's interested. He should have free access to different kinds of paper, glue, markers, pencils, scissors, paint and paintbrushes, etc. Using those will prepare him for writing later.
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I would usually recommend books and a chalkboard (which is how I taught my daughter her letters and numbers, but since she won't sit still, you should try this. Children learn by what their parents do. A good way to teach colors and numbers is to use them all the time. For example when getting her dressed in the morning, talk about her blue jeans, purple shirt, white socks and white shoes. Count things constantly. One shoe, Two shoes. When making dinner, count out the number of potatoes you're peeling. The same goes for shapes. The pizza is a circle, the cat's ears are triangles. This way she doesn't have to sit still, and she's learning all the time.
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You should not worry about this. This is perfectly normal. Have you tried teaching him these thing while playing in the computer. That might get his interest. And then you could do it both in the computer and on paper.
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You're doing a great job, so what if he doesn't want to sit down and write, he is 4 years old. My eldest daughter wasn't interested in sitting down and writing at that age and she's just passed all her exams with excellent grades and going on to do A levels in maths, english, biology, chemistry and pre clinical.
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That is absolutely fine, it probably just does not interest him at the moment but he will almost certainly learn when he goes to pre-school. They have lots of writing/drawing activities at that age and will sit and help him as much as he needs They will also turn it into a game so it's fun :)
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Originally Answered: can I write a poem in the form of letters?
Its a great idea, but one that would require a lot of work, you might not finish it in time. Maybe you could try an ordinary poem for homework and work on your idea in your own time and hand it in as a project or something. One idea could be about a soldier who signed up against his parents wishes and is trying to explain why he has to go to war and they are raising objections as to how they need him more at home.