Mommy Confessions

Heather @ Cookies for Breakfast & The Memoirs of Megan is having a linky party and I wanted in.
My mommy confession of the week is:
Teach or Learn?
My son refuses to sing his ABC's even after me saying them over and over again until the point of seriously disliking every letter.  He is 4 and should be able to sing it.  I try not to get frustrated but it happens.  He can tell me a whole conversation from a cartoon or lyrics from a song but he can't do the ABC's .  Finally I resorted to You Tubing ABC song and worked on my blog while clicking back and forth every 2 minutes for a new one.  I know I have a ABC cd somewhere around here.  Next time I am going to use the headphones so he can not think about anything else so hopefully that way will help him.  The moments of having to walk away and take a breather happen more than I like to admit.  How does something like this even happen?
Now on to my daughter Kaylei who is a 2nd grader.  She is doing excellent in every subject and has a citizenship score of 102 and it only goes to 100 so she has the nice, polite, friendly, respectful thing down.  She loves reading and books in general.  What's the problem then?  Well, it is that she is having a problem with the written comprehension part.  Some of the questions I am even unsure of what the answers are because the questions are asking for answers that are not even in there.  I know it sounds dumb but its a huge issue right now.  She also can recite an entire song, cartoon or movie but she can not answer the questions from the story.  Some of them are easy but there is like 20 questions to ask but yet the book may be 10 pages.  Those moments of explaining and re explaining give me those serious GRRRR moments.  She likes to tell you what the entire book was about for every question, which is obviously wrong.  Same thing I have to walk away or make her get up and go away.
I really have to find some kind of solution to these teaching fails so I don't have melt down sessions each time from me and them.  I need to learn to teach in a more effective way, but I am at a loss in how to.  Bad mommy moments happen more with these 2 things than anything else.

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Ashley said...

My kid learned his ABCs long before we did the song. He did it on his own and school helped him there he saw the other kids singing and then he was interested. lol

Reading comprehension is such a pain. I used to read all the questions first then read the book and look for the answers. Might not be helpful for a 2nd grader lol but it helped in high school lol.

KatyK said...

Sometimes all you can do is get up and walk away and start something new for a minute. Right now our struggle is with neatness on classwork and homework. I get EXTREMELY frustrated because I know Boomer can write just fine. but she brings home chicken scratch all the time. I just take a deep breath, walk away and then try again.

Megan B.B. said...

I'm sorry you're having such a hard time. I agree with Katy, sometimes kids learn best when we aren't around them. :)
Thanks for linking up!
Megan @

Raising Reagan said...

Our children can be very frustrating at times and you are right..sometimes we just need to get up and walk away!

But then they will do something completely sweet and unexpected and we forget all about the craziness.

...and repeat.


Dani @ Inspire Motivate Love said...

Teaching can be such a hard task sometimes, because our adult brains understand, and we have to remind ourselves that their brains can't process like ours yet. My son is essentially the same way with potty training that yours is with ABC's. He knows how to go on the potty, he knows when he has to go, and tells me when he does, but he just refuses to actually go on the toilet. It's so frustrating.....we work on it every day. If he knows his ABC's, I think that is definitely an accomplishment. Some children don't know them when they get to school.

Heather @ Cookies For Breakfast said...

I can't lie - this made me chuckle a little - "to the point of disliking every letter" tee hee :)

Ahh I worry about this stuff soooo much! I'm so worried that when Ben starts getting into skills and school, that he will struggle and I will get overly annoyed. So you're definitely not alone! The fact that you care so much to continue working with both of them to help them learn is huge - lots of parents would just give up! They'll figure it out sooner or later ;-)

Thanks for linking up with us!!

Amy Perdew said...

@ Ashley- he won't even think about the letters. I figure I will keep doing the songs so he will see the letter as they are singing and hopefully it will be easier for him to get the letters. I will try the reading the questions first. Thx.
@ KatyK- Kayleis handwriting is like that too; it looks like they are dancing on the page sometimes. I make her redo it.
@ Megan B.B.- Thanks for stopping by.
@ Lanaya- They do lots of those aww...your so sweet. Its like the sour patch kids commercials.
@ Dani- So true, I do forget and I have to take a step back. He is in the process of learning his ABC's. We had potty issues with him as well. Kaylei was potty trained pretty quick.
@ Heather- Its true about the letter disliking. I am glad I am not alone. Thanks for having Mommy Confessions.


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