Last night while I was already on the verge of sleep I suddenly started thinking about parents who teach their kids the “abc’s” before they even start school because it’s “cute” or something along those lines.
Most people don’t know the difference between abc and the alphabet and as someone who…
Im sorry I have to disagree with this.
Yeah I have to disagree as well. I don’t know where you teach first grade at, but in Washington, California, and I’m sure more, if not most states in the US, kids have to know the alphabet before entering kindergarten. They also have to know how to spell their name and tie their own shoes (all of which are ridiculous standards. Not all kids have parents that can afford the time to teach them these things, and no kid develops these skills at the same rate as any other).
I nanny a two year old and with the exception of “LMNOP” she’s got the alphabet down because of the ABC’s. She recognizes each letter and can almost write a good majority of them.
I don’t think there is any “right” way to teach kids the alphabet, as long as they’re learning the letters. And as a child care provider (babysitter, preschool assistant, toddler lead teacher, nanny), I have never met a parent who taught their kid the ABC’s because it’s “cute”. They teach it because they want their kids to learn the alphabet.
I can only speak from my own experiences. I should probably add that I’m not living in the states.
In Germany it’s not required to learn the alphabet before entering kindergarten.
However, when you study to become a teacher, you learn to teach the alphabet without saying “a, be, ce, de, etc.” and pronounce them the way they’re written. My nephews and the kids I teach are learning it the same way (in school and at home) and I can only say that the kids who learned it differently at home have major problems with writing words correctly now.
In the end, of course, every child learns differently, but I wanted to share this piece of information because it’s proven to be very effective.
Since this is something that has been popping up on my dash a lot lately I feel the need to put out this advice/warning:
Don’t buy/use cot bumpers in cribs - they cause heat to dam up in the crib which can lead to an overheating. Even though the reasons for SIDS aren’t fully discovered it’s been known that accumulated heat in cribs can be one of the reasons.
Please think about the safety of your child and go without cot bumpers!
Amelia Milano - Spring/Summer 2014
summer 2014: Amelia’s linen knickers and a tunic with handmade details along the placket make a special impression.
Babes ‘n Beads - Crochet Owl hat & leg warmers
Because of recent discussions I felt motivated to write about this rather tacky subject and get all the important information into one post: