Dealing With a Resistant Learner

My oldest has always been very receptive to anything he is taught. He enjoys learning and likes to show others the things he has learned. When he was little, if I would ask him what a letter or number was he would tell me proudly with a huge smile on his face. Ella is the same way, but teaching Will has proved to be a bit more difficult. He IS learning, he just doesn’t like to demonstrate what he has learned.

For example, today we were practicing fine motor skills with lacing beads, and some of the beads have letters on them. As they were creating their necklaces, I would ask them about the letters they were putting on. Ella would yell out the letters and the sounds they make, but Will would simply say “I don’t know”. I don’t push it, and I don’t really know how to make him feel comfortable enough to speak up. I know that he does know his letters, because he names them when we use bath letters or play letter games. However, he only wants to express his knowledge on his own terms. Has anyone else encountered this when dealing with toddlers? I’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions!

Until our next adventure,
Moving Mommy