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I am an aunt and have my four year old niece two days a week. I'm trying to help her with the alphabet and numbers. She also has trouble with pronoucning words with 'w' and 'L' in them. She's a stubborn little girl and I don't know how to get through to her. How can I help her?????




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I am an aunt and have my four year old niece two days a week. I'm trying to help her with the alphabet and numbers. She also has trouble with pronoucning words with 'w' and 'L' in them. She's a stubborn little girl and I don't know how to get through to her. How can I help her?????


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LiviaMcCoy writes:
Many four year old children cannot pronounce these words. Children this age should be playing with letters, numbers, sounds and rhymes. They also benefit from hearing books read to them. All of this should be FUN. Children this age love to learn. If we make it stressful for them, we can take the joy out of learning. Four-year olds also need lots of time playing outside and playing with toys.
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ecpaige writes:
It is perfectly age appropriate for her not to be able to say these letter sounds. Just keep reading to her. She will get it!
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bluemommybutterfly writes:
I agree with both of the previous answers and went to stress that it does need to BE FUN! Make fun games out of learning & use songs to teach her - let her draw the letters in the sand and make them with playdoo. If you can't get her interested let her see you having fun with learning - if she sees that you are having fun - she will want to have fun with you and will copy your behavior and learn. If she sees you stressed about teaching her - she will associate learning with a stressful felling.
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julie1966 writes:
help her with the alphabet and learn the abcs
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nannag writes:
4 year olds do not learn in the same way. A lot of reasons could be the culprit of delayed speech. Such as: preemies, etc When you help her, say the sounds of the letter/words very slow and let her watch how your mouth/tongue are formed. hope this helps.
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OkieGirl writes:
I have to agree with the people who say make learning fun for her. If you are keeping her overnight, start a routine of reading to her after school or before bed. She will begin to memic reading and in doing so she will be practicing saying the words. She will be interested in learning the letters becuse she will see that the letter make the story. Lastly, sing the Alphabet song with her and make up a rhyme sone that includes some of the words that she finds difficult to pronounce. It is all about practice, while having fun.
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rfortner-mommyof3 writes:
We use to play eye spy for letters and numbers in our environment. We started out with the letters of the kids name not the ABC's this way they learned to spell their names. For example in the beginning we would look for all of the "H"'s in our world. My daughter's first name is Heile. Then when we got good at finding H's we would make up other words that started with H. Hippo, Hope etc. Then we went onto the next letter. Once we identified each letter in her name everywhere, newspapers, signs, menus, happy meal boxes, then we started just finding letters. This progressed to words. "This word is THE" as I read I would stop on all of the "THE" words and let her say it. Then I gave her the book and she found "THE" throughout the book without reading it. The same concept happened with numbers. All 3 of my kids were able to spell and write their names before age 3. I just made learning an everyday part of life, not a job, or chore or work. It was just something we did.
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