At what age…

So in all of the internets opinion what is the best age to: (L is 4)

 – Have a child learn to write their name? Is it something I should be working with L on now?

 – When should a child start learning to read? Does L need to know some stuff before she starts preschool 4?

 – Does she need to learn to tie her shoes? How in the world do you teach a little one to tie their shoes. We tried it once and it was so frustrating, plus I don’t any of those little story type games for shoe tying.

Ugh!!! Can you internets help me out? You get contradicting information on-line and from people so what do you think?

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2 thoughts on “At what age…

  1. Erika says:

    Ok, you have to remember that (a) I am really lazy and (b) my kids are really, really stubborn, but this is what I think: kids will do this stuff when they’re ready.

    A can write her name with some effort, and she gets the concept of sounding words out, but that is entirely because she wanted to learn, not because we ‘taught’ her. I’m sure this makes me a bad mom, but I think tv is a great tool for helping kids to build their pre-reading and reading skills. Super Why and Between the Lions (on PBS) both cover a lot of phonetic basics, and we also watch old epidodes of The Letter People on youtube. I think if you provide the right environment (and by right environment I mean stuff like read stories daily, provide access to writing materials and paper, etc), then that’s all you need to do. IMO, you can ‘teach’ this stuff all you want, but a kid won’t really learn it until it clicks for them in their own heads, and that will happen whether you’re actively working on it or not.

    As for tying shoes, I have been told that is considered a kindergarten skill. S, who just finished KG, still can’t tie his shoes. He doesn’t have any shoes right now that require tying, though, so I’m sure that’s a big part of it.

    They will cover all of this stuff in P4, and some kids will have it down by the end of the year, some kids won’t, but I don’t think you have to stress about it this summer.

  2. hotomom says:

    Oooh some stuff in common. I am really lazy too :-), and my kids are extremely stubborn. I just want L to get excited about learning and she is just so-so. I will probably just let her P4 teacher take it from here, that way we can enjoy the summer instead of stressing.

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