Is it necessary to teach writing and reading(reading means spellings and stuff) to toddlers right from when they are 2 years. Or to put it more straight does anyone of you have kids who have showed absolutely no interest in writing and spellings when they were 2 and half to 3 or were not exactly interested in learning but only playing. But did pretty decently when they went to school/kindergarden and actually picked up these things like reading and writing in kindergarden. Or should they be well versed in these before going to school.
Because right now my toddler is not interested in learning but only playing. For eg. I ask him to count with me ....he counts but not in order and he ends up counting double times. Or when i count say there are five things and tell him there are 5 apples....he negates me saying no mommy there are not 5 apples but 7 apples and laughs. sometimes i get frustrated. When i try to get him to write. I try to hold his hand to try to make him trace the alphabets but he pulls back his hand and snatches the crayons and scribbles. He absolutely does not listen to me. And now a days with me being pregnant and working I am so exhausted at the end of the day that sometimes i leave him to play on his own. But after sometime i do feel guilty for not making him learn anything and just leaving him to play.
I do read to him a lot. He does tell me what is going on in the picture when i show him a page in the story book. But when i try to teach him spellings like "cat" "bat " again he is not interested. When i ask him what is C A T, he does tell me it is CAT but when i ask him to spell CAT he is lost.
I don't mind him not telling but he does not listen to me. He runs off to go to play or is interested in something else.
This is frustrating me a lot. He is 2yrs 7 months old. Please advice.