When we moved in the middle of the school year, I was thrilled to find a preschool/daycare for my son that said it followed preschool curriculum for learning and writing numbers and letters. And they also said they focused on learning through play.
At 3-and-a-half, he still couldn’t get him to hold a pencil correctly. He couldn’t write any of his letters coming from his his previous preschool. Knowing his numbers and letters was a shaky skill at best.
Worst yet, I kept comparing him to my daughter. She went to a fabulous (Read: Expensive) preschool while I worked outside of the home. She could speak Spanish at 2 and hold a pencil correctly too. (They used to break the crayons down to little numbs so the kids would be forced to grip them properly.)
I knew the one we put him last fall in wasn’t as fabulous, but I just wanted him to have some interaction. I didn’t need him to be a genius, but I did expect basic skills.
New school, new skills
When we moved in December the new school said they really focused on things like their letters, writing their letters, numbers and STEM. I was thrilled. I specifically asked about these skill because I was nervous that he was a bit behind.
A few months in, I was shocked to learn they hadn’t done any of that at all. I was very concerned about him holding a pencil. He will go to real preschool this fall and it is a needed school for 4-year-old preschool.
In June, not only could he not write his letters or numbers, but he didn’t really know any of them either. He could sing the ABCs, but that was it.
When I questioned the school they said it’s something that they really don’t focus on until they’re in the 4-year-old class.
This summer we’ve focused on learning his letters and trying to write them. He’s doing better but I’m dismayed that he’s still somewhat behind.
Our current status
He’s a smart kid so I have no doubt he’ll catch up. It’s just a bummer when you’ve been told they’re going to learn one thing and a school fails to meet stated expectations.
I made this tracing printout that we used to help him with the lines this summer. In case your little one is struggling with pencil grip and writing, I thought some of you might find it useful too. 🙂 It’s also great for those of you homeschooling.
You can find it in the Kids section of the Printables page.
There are three sheets of free tracing letters pages that include all of the ABCs and one page of numbers that include numbers 0-10.