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Old 02-26-2013, 08:48 PM   #1
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Can your 5 & 6 yr old put letters in ABC order?

My boys can read at an ending Kindergarten level and write most of the basic, phonetic sight words. They recognize all their letters and sounds too even alot of blends. Today, I gave them a worksheet where they needed to write the letter that comes before it but the letters were not in alpha order. Just blocks of 3 letters and the first one missing. They had a very difficult time figuring it out. I told them to sing the ABC song in their head or out loud to figure it out and then I had them write them on the back of the sheet in order as they said them.

Are kids at 5 and 6 supposed to be able to put things in alphabetical order yet? I printed off several worksheets to practice ABC order but I'm just wondering when is it supposed to be mastered.

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I seem to recall alphabetizing in1st/2nd grade maybe... But that was 25 yes ago!!
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Re: Can your 5 & 6 yr old put letters in ABC order?

DD was able to do it around 4 . DS on the other has is 4 and is no where near being able to. I think they should be able to to in or around Kindergarten .
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Re: Can your 5 & 6 yr old put letters in ABC order?

My 3 could.
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Re: Can your 5 & 6 yr old put letters in ABC order?

I don't think 5 and 6 year old kids "should" be able to do much of anything specifically. My first could barely read at all when he was done with K. I never asked him to alphabetize, so I don't know if he could. But, it sounds like yours is ahead of where mine was. 5 and 6 year olds are vary greatly in their academic skills, IMHO. Maybe one can alphabetize, but can't read well and yours is the opposite. Both are totally normal, I think.

I really don't see this as a big deal. There is plenty of time to learn. They are only 5 and 6. I wouldn't worry about it even a little. I'd just work on it if I felt it was important right now.
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I don't like stressing my kids when it comes to learning. It just kind of surprised me that they could read and write but had difficulty with something that seemed simple. They had no problems doing the same type of exercise but with numbers.
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Re: Can your 5 & 6 yr old put letters in ABC order?

Having taught 1st grade, I know that most of the kids I had could do it by October of first grade, but how early they knew it, I don't know. I know that DS (turned 5 in Jan) can do it with numbers, but I've never been inclined to try with letters. Hmmm, maybe we'll play a game today. If we do, I'll let you know how he does.

I agree though that alphabetizing seems like a skill with a wide window of mastery. I can see where it would be difficult to pick up.
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Having taught 1st grade, I know that most of the kids I had could do it by October of first grade, but how early they knew it, I don't know. I know that DS (turned 5 in Jan) can do it with numbers, but I've never been inclined to try with letters. Hmmm, maybe we'll play a game today. If we do, I'll let you know how he does.

I agree though that alphabetizing seems like a skill with a wide window of mastery. I can see where it would be difficult to pick up.
I was thinking the same thing! I don't know that I've ever even asked my 7 year old to do it. But I don't think it is a big deal. I feel like that is something that will come naturally similar to once you know how to count you naturally figure out how to order things. I never "taught" my kids numbering, but they can do it without any issues.
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Re: Can your 5 & 6 yr old put letters in ABC order?

This is the worksheet I used for the letters that I gave them:
http://www.kidslearningstation.com/b...et-letters.asp

This was the numbers one that they had no problem with:
http://www.kidslearningstation.com/b...et-numbers.asp

They have alot of good printables on this site too.
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yes 6 year old should be able to put the letters in ABC order.

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