Earlier this year I reached out to one of my best friends
because I was worried about my son Brecken’s interest in anything educational.
Brecken is 3 ½ years old and is an active, funny, adventurous, sweet and kind
little boy. He has a great vocabulary and actually seems kind of grown up for
his age, but it was worrying me because he just didn’t seem interested when I
tried to teach him things.
I loved to learn and school was very easy for me. My husband
Jeremy on the other hand did the very minimum he had to do in order to get
through school and was never very interested in his studies. Brecken’s
disinterest in learning had me worried so I called my friend Catelyn to get
some education advice. Catelyn is a School Psychologist.
The specific thing I was concerned about was Brecken’s
seeming inability to identify his ABC’s. He has been able to say his alphabet
for a long time, but when I started trying to get him to read and write them,
he just got frustrated. Catelyn gave me a wealth of advice and suggested making
a game out of learning. She said that it is possible that Brecken gets
frustrated because I ask him too many questions. So possibly, if I steered away
from asking questions until he was comfortable in knowing the answers, he would
not get as frustrated with my educational attempts. She suggested playing ABC
Hide and Seek.
We took pieces of different colored construction paper and I
cut them into different shapes. I then took a marker and wrote A, B and C on
different colors and shapes. Brecken covered his eyes and I then went around
the house and hid the alphabet shapes. When I was done, he had a basket and I
asked him to find all of the letter B’s. He went around and to my surprise was
able to easily identify all of the B’s. Then we repeated the process with A’s
and C’s. When he would bring them to me I would ask him the colors and shapes.
Brecken really enjoyed this game and he did not seem to get
frustrated at all. What are some educational games that you play with your
children? Please leave links in the comments section to blog posts you have
written regarding early childhood education. I am always looking for new and
fun ways to teach Brecken and Annabelle!