Dd not picking up letter recognition

(12 Posts)
cockadoodledoooo Sat 15-Oct-16 21:17:23

My dd is nearly five and started reception in September. She isn't picking up letter recognition and considered to be within 30-50months. The teacher has said she isn't technically behind but is at the lowest end of the bracket.

How normal is this? We do find the letter word searches, phonics bingo etc at home as well as a lot of reading. I don't know what else we can do to help but I am worried she is behind her class mates.

KohINoorPencil Sat 15-Oct-16 21:33:04

Completely normal.

Have you had her eyes tested?

cockadoodledoooo Sat 15-Oct-16 22:16:16

I hadn't thought of that, she doesn't appear to squint.

At a parents meeting it appears like she is the only one struggling. As a normally rational person I do realise that might not be the case, but I am so worried she will struggle with school confused

HumphreyCobblers Sat 15-Oct-16 22:19:27

You should definitely get her eyes tested - if you can afford it go to a behavioural optometrist.

If I had my way every child in Reception would go to a behavioural optometrist. It would find out the three or four children in each class that have some kind of visual problem.

The test they do currently is very basic and will not pick up any problems.

HumphreyCobblers Sat 15-Oct-16 22:20:07

sorry, that should say would not pick up many problems.

KohINoorPencil Sat 15-Oct-16 22:31:06

Some may be picking up letters, but crap at waiting their turn and going to the toilet.

It will all even out.

Definitely go to the optician. Just because she doesn't squint doesn't mean she can see perfectly- she might not realise that she isn't seeing things clearly!

mrz Sun 16-Oct-16 07:01:42

30-50 months is completely normal this early in reception. In addition to a sight check I'd suggest getting her hearing checked. In order to associate letters with spoken sounds she needs to see and hear.

I'd recommend the Sounds Write app (first units are free)

mrz Sun 16-Oct-16 07:04:54

http://www.sounds-write.co.uk for a link to the app

cockadoodledoooo Sun 16-Oct-16 12:51:17

Thanks everyone for your tips.

I am dyslexic with dyspraxia and didn't receive any help at school, which I found a nightmare! I was having a bit of a wobble, worrying she will struggle and effect her already low confidence.

mrz Sun 16-Oct-16 13:23:02

Can she hear sounds in spoken words?

I'd assess ability to put sounds together (without written symbols) ...if you say /k/ /a/ /t/ can she hear cat? If you say /f/ /I/ /sh/ can she hear fish?

If she can then introduce the symbols ...if not lots of games to help her hear.

cockadoodledoooo Sun 16-Oct-16 19:12:43

She cannot recognise the sounds put together either. She also doesn't recognise her name and not yet distinguish between numbers and letters

mrz Sun 16-Oct-16 19:30:07

If she can't hear the word when you say the sounds you need to step back and work on aural blending before moving onto written words.

Try her with syllables

Can she hear the word if you say butter (pause) cup
Foot (pause) ball
Lady (pause) bird

Etc

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