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    We play together a fair bit. I'm a big believer than learning through play is most effective for young children. That said, when he is content playing with his books/puzzles/instruments etc then I leave him to it. We spend a fair bit of time reading, drawing, kicking the ball around outside, climbing things and jumping/hopping/dancing around the place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by singa06 View Post
    Thanks all, I seem to think like you all then.
    What about teaching letters and numbers to an almost 3 year old? He doesn't seem that interested yet.
    He can say them, just not recognize them all.
    I'm a teacher and don't believe in doing anything like that unless they're interested. Besides, that's what they learn in the first year of school, if they know all their letters, they'll be bored.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    I'm a teacher and don't believe in doing anything like that unless they're interested. Besides, that's what they learn in the first year of school, if they know all their letters, they'll be bored.
    DD could pretty much read when she started prep and so could a few others in her class, they are given more advanced work to do, or the work is tailored to suit all levels, they're not bored at all. Agree that there's no point unless they're interested though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    I'm a teacher and don't believe in doing anything like that unless they're interested. Besides, that's what they learn in the first year of school, if they know all their letters, they'll be bored.
    My DS is interested which is why I teach him. I hope that teachers will give him extra work and not just leave him because he knows some things. Mine certainly gave me extra work and I wasn't bored.

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    Because i work 9-3 i play a fair bit with DS while i am home with him. Even if its just him riding around on his bike, i'll be sitting there cheering him on.

    When he's at day care or if my mum or dad watches him for a day for me he always seems to be able to play by himself and occupy himself but when im there it seems he needs me to play with him a lot.... i dont mind too much as i am not there during the day

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    I did say, if they're interested, if your child is interested, good, you are doing the right thing. My daughter has just turned 4, so I have started doing some things with her, as she has shown some interest, but if she wasn't interested, I wouldn't push. And what I do is very informal.

    Of course a teacher will extend any child that needs it, but in the first year of school, a lot of literacy lessons will be focussed on each letter and its name/sound, so whilst the teacher should be extending the child during independent work, the main focus of the explicit teaching will be about letter names and sounds, which could potentially be boring for a child who knows this already.

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    Quote Originally Posted by faroutbrusselsprout View Post
    I struggle with "play".
    I have the imagination of a paper bag and find it all very mundane and painful.
    I really have to make an effort. Some
    days I don't play with them at all, because I just don't have time!
    The 3 of them play together so well most days which lets me off the hook! lol.
    This is me too

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiamondEyes View Post
    U guys would hattteeeee what i have to do with my ds#2 then lol

    My boys are in their own little world, they are happy to sit alone and play and do their own thing all day long if i let them, but this is a big problem because they (not so much ds#1 anymore, but ds#2 who is 3yrs) does not know how to interact with anything or anyone, in the intereaction/imagination department he is delayed /lacks the necessary building blocks in order to do so by about 18months) because ive never forced him to plag with me

    So at OT i have been learning how to interact with him/play with him (im on the spectrum myself so its very very hard for me) and their way of teaching me is, sitting us in a room with toys and stuff, FILMING us, and the OT sitting in the corner observing, and instruction AKA telling me everything i do is wrong... Eugh nightmare!

    So now ds#2 and i need to have multiple play sessions a day... 5+ sessions that last anywhere from 30-90 mins...


    Im exhausted.
    Wow you are amazing. What does OT stand for?
    Does this mean we all 'should' be playing/interacting more with our children? Or are interactive toys to blame because they don't stimulated their imagination?
    Remember when we were young ? (I'm 32) our toys didn't flash, move, make noise etc!
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    I play a lot. Probably too much tbh and te housework piles up and I get stressed. Some kids are really good at playing on their own, but my 4yo DS just can not do it, so if I don't play with him, he doesn't play. My 18mo is a bit more independent.
    I find it really therapeutic for myself too, though. I love building in the sand pit or drawing on the concrete with chalk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    I did say, if they're interested, if your child is interested, good, you are doing the right thing. My daughter has just turned 4, so I have started doing some things with her, as she has shown some interest, but if she wasn't interested, I wouldn't push. And what I do is very informal.

    Of course a teacher will extend any child that needs it, but in the first year of school, a lot of literacy lessons will be focussed on each letter and its name/sound, so whilst the teacher should be extending the child during independent work, the main focus of the explicit teaching will be about letter names and sounds, which could potentially be boring for a child who knows this already.
    Yea I'm a teacher too and totally agree with you. While most parents would love to feel their chn are being extended, that extension in most cases are only done to a certain level...... The majority of the time the class will be learning the basics of literacy and numeracy.
    The bored factor is a reality for some super smart kids and will set some back and possibly into being naughty etc...
    Teaching them letters and number when u think they are ready is great, but more importantly I think it's good to make them independent little people who have basic skills of colouring in, using scissors, being able to organise themselves with certain things, allowing them to be responsible for little things and so on... Basically, don't do every little thing for them and let them come to kindy feeling lost without mummy.

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