queendiva's picture

Please someone help!!!

I am not homeschooling but I help my five year old with his homework plus other skills he needs to learn.  I am as frustrated as he is trying to teach him the difference between "before" and "after", "in front" and "behind," 

"beside," "inside," "outside" etc.  Can anyone give me suggestions.

acitez's picture

Get a big enough cardboard box that he can get into it. Decorate it like a car or an airplane. The propeller on the front and tail on the back of an airplane would make it the better choice. Then play! and Talk and describe and USE the Vocabulary.

A train with a cow-catcher and a caboose would work nicely, too.

donnaj's picture

Get a box...demonstrate inside and outside of the box...step in and out by yourself and with your child...have him put a car in and out (or favorite toy)...behind in front...until they get it...lots of patience they will get it evventually...hope I helped? donna

concerned mom's picture
concerned mom

We used the songs "Hickory, Dickory, Dock" and "The Cat and the Fiddle". In "Hickory, Dickory...", we made a clock out of cardboard, and a little mouse out of contruction paper, and we had our kids show us the mouse running up the clock, behind the clock, in front of the clock, under the clock, and so forth. The same idea applies to "The Cat and the Fiddle". Make a cow and a moon. Have the cow jump over the moon, beside the moon, under the moon....

nikkiekck's picture

I have a 5 year old also. I say use those words as much as possible. in grocery store say(child name) " should i put that in the cart or beside it? when driving" is that car near or far? when making a snack do i put on or off the plate?we are our childrens first and best teachers. also,ask his kindergarden teacher for ideas and maybe some activities that she uses. The more you repeat the more likely they will learn. I do have preschool teacher experience. hope this helps.

bipolarmom's picture

It may be too much information all at once to teach him all the concepts at the same time. Teach one at a time by using positive reinforcement.
Since people have been talking about a box I will carry on with the same stream. Use his favorite small toy or a favorite little treat ie. mini smarties or m&ms. Put the highly desired object first in front of the box and model the answer for him. "The candy is in front of the box." Then ask him,"Where is the candy?" When he gets the answer right give him the piece of candy. Do this until he understands the first position. Give lots of positive feed back ie. "Great job, your so clever, way to go."

When he's mastered the first word go on to the second word in the same fashion. When he's mastered the second word try mixing it up and putting the candy in front one time and behind the next. When he's mastered in front and behind move on to a third by itself ie. beside. Continue adding one at a time so that he feels his success growing.

If he starts to get stumped then go back to a position he is very familiar with and couple that one with a new position.

Only work with him when you are in a good mood and he is feeling well. This will minimize frustration. Learning should be fun.