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Old 08-02-2013, 12:47 PM   #1
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My son went to a traditional preschool where they taught him uppercase letters. I'm wondering why. Considering 95% of our language is written in lowercase, you would think they would start there. My son can easily read and spell simple uppercase text, but put a book of him and he is lost! I know ultimately they need to know both, but I know my son would be reading much better had they started with lowercase. I'm just wondering if this is the normal progression, or if different schools do things differently.

Edit: I'm specifically interested in what your child's preschool/kindergarten taught.

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I've taught my oldest both, but she finds it much easier to write uppercase than lower case at this point. I'm not sure what they'll do in school though.
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Re: Did your child learn uppercase or lowercase letters first?

both together its also how my mother taught her preschoolers for 30 years. The upper case were in general easier so kids often Mastered them first overall but they were still taught together.
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From a handwriting/fine motor perspective, it's much easier to print the upper case letters. My kids aren't in preschool yet, but I teach elementary school. My guess is they taught him uppercase so everything matched. Rather than reading one case and writing another. If he's got that many skills with upper case, I'm sure he'll be just fine.
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Re: Did your child learn uppercase or lowercase letters first?

My mum (preschool and elementary school teacher) teaches them together, with an emphasis on the phonics of lower-case letters. She teaches that uppercase letters are the "names" of the letters, and lower-case letters are sounds. That's also how I'm teaching Jammy. "This is the letter /a/ and we call it "A"; this is the letter /b/ and we call it B" etc. Or else, "A makes /a/, B makes /b/". I would think it would be really hard to learn to read if you only knew uppercase letters! "C-A-T --> see-ay-tea --> cat? buh?"
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Both. He used them interchangeably until about 4.
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I teach them together. They learn to write their names with first letter uppercase, the rest lower case.
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Re: Did your child learn uppercase or lowercase letters first?

In PreK, I always taught them together as far as visual recognition goes. But in writing or forming the letters, we taught capitals first, because they are easier. The kids generally recognize the upper case letters first, because they are less similar than the lowercase (e.g., there's a lot of similarity between printed lowercase a, b, d, g, o, p, q, etc.).

My little guy learned capital letters first, between 18 months and 2 years, because he loved to watch Wheel of Fortune.

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Re: Did your child learn uppercase or lowercase letters first?

A lot of times uppercase are taught first because they start names which are something a lot of kids are motivated to learn. When. Taught K our program did lowercase only first but we did both. Because there are more straight lines uppercase are easier to write so we usually taught them to write those first
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