With all the “important” things we are anxious to teach our children, it can sometimes come as a shock when we forget some of the most basic elements of learning. Recently, I found myself in this situation.
While sitting in my room, getting some reading done before bed, my son walked in singing the “A, B, C’s” song. (You know … A, B, C, D, E, F, G….) He was very proud of himself and wished to show off his new skill.
Well, so what? (You might be thinking.) But here’s the thing; my son is six! In that moment it occurred to me, I had never taught my kids the “A, B, C” song! Never; not once!
Um, why? Well, frankly, it had never occurred to me. I started teaching my children to read at the age of three and a half. They were fully reading by the beginning of kindergarten. The method by which I taught didn’t use the alphabet, it used phonetics.
Once they learned to read, the next logical step (for me) was to start their language arts lessons. The curriculum taught them how to alphabetize. They didn’t need to learn the song, they knew their letters and how to read.
So, four children later…. In that moment, it gave me cause to reflect. As if it wasn’t bad enough that I had somehow forgotten to teach them to tie their shoes, I somehow overlooked this key lesson as well. Had I robbed my kids by not teaching them how to sing their alphabet? Were they missing an important area of their education?
I quickly called all my kiddos into the room and asked them, “Do you know the A, B, C song?” “Um, of course Mom!”, was the reply. “But how?”, I asked. “I don’t know, I guess we just picked it up somewhere.”
Whew! God had that one covered.
I do wonder though… What other things will I find that we’ve forgotten and were they really important?
In my defense, they DID actually know their alphabet (and how to tie bows, by the way) we had just never formally taught the song or how to tie shoes. That counts for something, right?