Pre-K starts for my little next week. Over the summer I have made feeble attempts to teach him his ABCs. Not the song. He can belt that tune at the top of his lungs all day long. But when I try to get his little brain to connect the actual letters to the song... well, it's an epic fail. It's as if he thinks the ABC song is a nursery rhyme or something and because of that, those "letters" are like story characters that really have no meaning. He might as well be singing Row, Row, Row your boat.
I have laid out the magnetic letters and pointed to them as we sing. I have drawn the letters on his chalkboard so that he can paint over them as we sing. I have made an ABC race car track on the floor for us to zoom cars over as we sing. Seated, standing, singing, "driving", I have tried it all.
I'd be lying if I said I'm not a tad bit worried. When every single letter is "B" or "I don't know" the lies and fears of Mommyhood creep into my brain. You know... the what ifs. What if he's dyslexic? What if he never gets it? What if his brain can't make those connections? And on and on it goes. That fear can often be debilitating and paralyzing. I have to choose daily to take those thoughts captive and praise the Lord that He is in control. And no matter what happens, He's got sweet Liam in the palm of is hands.
Fear will not win out. I will not give up on my little ABC challenged nugget. I've been taking notes on his behavior and how I think he might learn best. Here's what I've noticed... This little of mine has ants in his pants. He can not sit still for longer than 3 minutes unless he's playing video games or watching a movie. (Yes, I'm aware that most little boys have lots of energy and I plan on using it to my advantage.) His attention span is that of a gnat. It's pretty problematic; he can't even sit at the dinner table without getting up two or three times for one reason or another. He shakes when he plays video games and has a hard time entertaining himself. Lastly, he walks to the beat of his own drum.
With all that said, here's the game plan...
take away the Wii - check
limit TV - check
take our learning outside - active learning with water guns, balls, chalk, etc. (once the heat and west nile mosquitos go away)
use games to learn indoors
relax (he's only 4 I tell myself. I'm pretty sure he'll get this eventually.)
Why I care about the ABCs so much and was totally comfortable with him taking his paci to college I have no idea. We all have our quirks right? I know that he will get this and we will both grow in this ABC adventure of ours. I have no doubt.
How about you? Do you have fears when it comes to your littles? Tell me I'm not alone in this. xo