Patience is NOT my strong point. There are reasons that myself as a teacher is simply not an option in this lifetime. These lessons are important though. My first bundle of joy has reached the age of four and needs to learn a few things before possibly starting school this coming fall. So what was the first task and how did it go, you ask. The first task was tackling her name and letter recognition and it went . . . . rough, to say the least.
I figured since I’d heard her spell her name in the past and she does pretty well with letter recognition while watching PBS, that this part would be a breeze. Boy was I ever wrong. Apparently, when she has to focus on the task, all the knowledge she has disappears. She could get the first 3 letters of her name out, but then she was lost, or distracted. It also seemed that unless there was a talking pig saying it with her, she could no longer recite the alphabet. Talk about frustrating.
So, on to plan B we went. I made flashcards. Capital letters were on one side with lowercase on the back. Simple, right? Not so much. I put them in order and flipped through them with her trying to tell me what letter she was looking at. We tried them mixed up and in order, big letters and little letters. She can call out every “Super Letter” she sees on the TV screen, but couldn’t identify half the alphabet with the flash cards.
By this point, I’m “Super” frustrated and at a loss of what to do next. So while I come up with a plan C, I send her in to watch PBS. Suddenly, the kid knows which letter is which again, including some of the ones that she couldn’t get with the cards. That was the point where I started looking for a candid camera in my kitchen. This had to be a joke. She knows this stuff. Why wasn’t she getting it in a school type setting?
I watched her through about three shows before Plan C came to me. Tomorrow, I’m going to dress up like a princess, put her in her Halloween costume and try it all again. I’ll dance and sing and act like a fool, but I bet at the end of the day she’ll be able to spell her name.