Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Big A, Little A, What the - Why You Gotta Be Like That?

Hey, any idea how to convince my son that this letter:
is the same as this letter:
Because I've tried, and he just ain't buying it. He calls the second example "g" and looks at me like I'm nuts when I try to tell him it's an A.

We already messed with his status quo by introducing lowercase letters to him when he was perfectly happy with capitals. Now we're trying to tell him that the above two shapes are the same letter.

I'm expecting him to throw up his hands in frustration and tell us we can keep this "literacy" bullshit, he doesn't need it.

Maybe we should just move on to math. Or coloring.


mr. big dubya said...

I think it will be as easy as just sitting him down and conducting a tutorial on typeface history. Delve into point size, serif v. sans serif, ascender/descender, ligature, kerning - all fairly easy topics for a toddler.

Hope this helps

Melissa said...

Eventually they just believe.

Or you could try the history of typeface thing.

Aberbut said...

That's what kindergarten teachers are for! If you just do what I did, and send your kid off to school not knowing how to read, the kindergarten teacher magically takes care of that. Of course, my 7-year-old is now a fantastic reader, but his handwriting still looks like a ransom note: a mishmash of random capitals and lowercase letters, so perhaps the teachers can't solve all the lowercase issues...

Mamma said...

Whatcha you doing getting all advanced on him. Leave the poor boy alone with his capital letters.

vuboq said...

I say just agree with him! It's not an a! Who needs it?

Aunt Bob said...

Have you ever seen anyone who draws an "a" like the second example? (This from the woman who crosses her 7's and z's).

De in D.C. said...

Maybe create the letters out of string and show how one can 'morph' into the other?

Anne said...

This book.

Anonymous said...

As a FORMER kindergarten teacher:
1. Don't teach your kids all caps. It makes everything much more difficult in the long run.

2. Kids don't see things they way we do. It is not uncommon for kids in K & part way through 1st grade to write things in mirror image, hence the "g".

3. Just keep telling him it's an "a" & eventually he'll get it.

4. Find out if your local schools teach d'nealian handwriting. If so, you'll have to re-teach everything anyway. If you don't know d'nealian, the lowercase letters all have "tails", which makes the l, i, & j all look the same.

BTW - if he's knows his letters at this age, I really wouldn't worry about it! I've gotten kids that don't know what a number is - at 5.

Stimey said...

If I can do that, will you convince my 5-year-old that it's "night" and not "nite"?

mo-wo said...

It is seriously amusing their things about letters. I can't get over my daughters 1. love of W and 2. aversion to H.

The latter of which is called HAAY-CH.

Let it go little people.