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post #21 of 40

babygirlie....I am sorry. But - I know of many toddlers who developed late and then went on to be completely normal individuals. Some even went on to be geniuses (Einstein).

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Wow, threads like this are depressing. Makes me want to crawl into the fetal position.

 

 


I have 3 kids that are 2 and older and NONE have done any shapes, colors, ABCS at age 2. Heck, with my current 2y I'm just thrilled to death that he can say 8 words and 3 signs (he is speech delayed). My older two are old enough that I do have a sense of their learning abilities. DD1 was 5 and could not recognize her own name due to her LD but now at 8 can read chapter books and sports wise, she runs circles around the vast majority of children and quite a few adults as well. She has several disorders so we've done extensive testing with her, she is a bright child. It was obviously not readily apparent as a young child, in the sense that she was singing her ABCs by 18m or anything like that! My DH was the same way as a child, his parents were once told he would never learn to read and write, they would be lucky if he even spoke. He is a genius actually, his IQ tests are insane, and he turned into a very successful adult. 

 

Such things at age 2 are really worthless to compare. hug2.gif

post #23 of 40

Blessed_Mom - I'm in a small town in Alaska. 

 

Specific learning disorders might be apparent in adulthood, or maybe not.  But discussions like this are just for parent curiosity.  Looking at all the adults around me, I would be hard pressed to figure out which knew their ABCs at 2 and which did not. 

post #24 of 40

I am the parent of a 2 yr old DD. She is our first child.

I am never really sure if she is ahead, behind, right on track, being stimulated enough, over-stimulated, etc, etc, etc.

Not that it matters either way, but I do wonder sometimes.

 

 

 

At what age did your kid(s) learn things like ABC's, counting, identifying numbers and letters independent of each other, colours, shapes, etc?

 

ds: started learning ABC's about 11 months, knew pretty much all his letters before two....somewhere around 20 odd months. Counting.....he could count by rote somewhere between 15-18 months I think but he is just now getting good at one to one correspondence. Colors and shapes were both also around a year and a half.

 

dd: knows A and B, if you say "1-2-3" she will finish "4-5," and she tries to count her toes but doesn't quite do it right (but it's very cute to watch!) We discovered tonight that she knows the color blue. The big kids love to teach her so they are constantly "drilling" her on shapes and colors. I suspect she knows more than she lets on....she enjoys the attention of being the baby....she'll pretend she has no idea what we're talking about until it's something she wants and then it becomes clear that she's been following the whole conversation. Probably if I offered her a cookie she would name 5 colors. lol.  

 

At what age were they able to jump, walk backwards, climb the slide, dance, etc?

 

I have no idea when ds jumped.....it was a bit late, I remember that his peers could do it before he could, but I can't remember exactly when that was. Probably 2-ish but that's just a guess? He has always liked to dance. Climbing since 9 months....even the slide/rock wall thingy at the park. He still can barely walk forwards, let alone backwards lol.....he has bad spatial awareness (is that what it's called?) and he is always bumping into things and tripping, losing his flip flops, etc.

 

dd at 15 months cannot jump, but she can walk backwards and climbs everything. She has been dancing since...oh, 8 or 9 months. She LOVES to dance!

 

I suspect my daughter is ahead at some things, average at some and behind her peers at some.

I am not worried, just curious.

 

It's fun to see what other kids are doing and what yours can do. My "advanced" child who was identifying letters with ease at 1 year old, turned out to be on the spectrum. So you just never know anyway. My dd is honestly probably quite average....I mean she is smart, but she is exposed to a lot, bilingual environment, minimal screen time, lots and lots of attention etc etc. and realistically, that's likely more of a major factor in why she knows what she knows,  rather than her being some sort of genius. But of course we think our kids are delightful, and that's how we should feel, no matter what they can and can't do yet!

 

post #25 of 40

My DD is 21 m/o

 

she can walk backwards, climb everything, dance etc at about 18 m/o (started walking at 9 m/o)

 

She can count 1-10

 

She can sing the beginning of ABC's

 

She can read some words and will tell you what letters are which (for say half of them)

 

She knows a lot of colors

 

She does not do shapes yet.

 

She can do puzzles (simple wooden knob ones) in like 30 seconds.

 

post #26 of 40

 

DD1 just learned to sing the ABC song and she's going to be 3 next month, and she identifies all of them (big and small) easily. She can also now tell me what sounds all the letters make, and can tell me what letter a word starts by sound with if it's a simple word (for example, she knows that dog starts with D but not that elephant starts with E). She knows and identifies numbers up to 20 but she cannot "count" yet. (She counts one, two and more than two which I think is pretty typical of a 3 year old). She started reliably identifying colors a couple months ago (2.5yrs), and shapes quite a bit before that. 

 

She jumped with both feet around 18 months, and walking backwards happened at around the same time. She's climbed the slide since before her second birthday and I can't remember a time when she didn't dance. She is a lot more physical than verbal and tends to learn quickly whatever gives her more independence. She started walking at 9 months, climbing out of her crib at 14 months, dressing herself at 18 months and opening doors at 2. 

 

 

post #27 of 40

I don't remember a lot of the exact ages, but I this is what DS (30 mo.) can do, w/ ages where I remember: sing ABCs, count to twelve (I found out he could count to ten @26 mos., don't know how long he'd known before that), triangle/circle/square by 21 mos., star by 23, heart...around the same time?, recognizes maybe 4 or 5 letters consistently (e.g., will bring me "G" and say "It's for Gareth!") and maybe another half-dozen inconsistently...jumped somewhere between 18-22 mos, I think...colors have gotten much more solid in the past months or so (9-10 colors).

 

What I've found on the cognitive/inellectual side is that he often knows more than *I* am aware that he knows.  For example, I found out he could count to ten in early March - when he did it (sort of) out of the blue.  And then did it again, so I knew it wasn't a fluke. :)

 

~Sara

post #28 of 40

How do you ladies work with your younger toddlers on letters, numbers, etc? We count a lot, and I talk at length to him about anything we see, but he is still a bit behind on the talking/more cognitive things.

 

He says very few words at 21 months, and none of them are identifying letters, numbers, colors of shapes. He can identify several animals on sight- he loves his animal books :)

 

On the physical side, I think he has always been a little advanced. He walked backwards around 17 months, and climbs the small slides if he has the right shoes on. He has done "arm dancing" for a while, where he just shakes his arms or does a twist type thing, and recently has begun to dance by shaking his booty because one of his friends does that. He spins in circles and can stop himself quickly if he sees something coming up that he'll run into. He can also walk a standard 4-inch balance beam as long as he is not distracted, lol. He'll also climb a tree outside our house about 2-3 feet of the ground.

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How do you ladies work with your younger toddlers on letters, numbers, etc? We count a lot, and I talk at length to him about anything we see, but he is still a bit behind on the talking/more cognitive things.

 

He says very few words at 21 months, and none of them are identifying letters, numbers, colors of shapes. He can identify several animals on sight- he loves his animal books :)

 

 

we just try to expose her to stuff. we have letter refrigerator magnets and I'll have her point to one and tell her the letter, the sound, and some words that start with that sound. her dad draws with 
her and shows her shapes and sometimes letters and numbers. we sing the ABC's we we wash hands and count to ten when she needs to hurry up. really, it's not something to stress about. kids will learn the academic stuff when they're ready as long as it's available. 

 

post #30 of 40


I haven't done anything that I know of. IDK how she knows the things she does to tell you the truth! I think all kids will just do things at their own pace and there is a big range of what's considered "normal".

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How do you ladies work with your younger toddlers on letters, numbers, etc? We count a lot, and I talk at length to him about anything we see, but he is still a bit behind on the talking/more cognitive things.

 

He says very few words at 21 months, and none of them are identifying letters, numbers, colors of shapes. He can identify several animals on sight- he loves his animal books :)

 

On the physical side, I think he has always been a little advanced. He walked backwards around 17 months, and climbs the small slides if he has the right shoes on. He has done "arm dancing" for a while, where he just shakes his arms or does a twist type thing, and recently has begun to dance by shaking his booty because one of his friends does that. He spins in circles and can stop himself quickly if he sees something coming up that he'll run into. He can also walk a standard 4-inch balance beam as long as he is not distracted, lol. He'll also climb a tree outside our house about 2-3 feet of the ground.



 

post #31 of 40
The PBS development tracker is very sound and has good benchmark milestones.
http://www.pbs.org/parents/childdevelopmenttracker/two/index.html

It's important to note that the range of typical development is huge, and different kids work on different skills at different times. Our DS learned all his shapes and colors really early because we had a shape puzzle that he loved. He demanded to know each shape and each color and could do them all by about 20 months. When dd as 23 months I realized that she didn't know a single color word because she didn't ask and I hadn't thought to teach them.

I think it's also important to remember that reciting the alphabet or numbers is sort of like learning a song. Just because they know three words doesn't mean they know the concept. I remember putting together an alphabet train puzzle with ds when he was about 3 ½. Ibegan to sing the ABC song and point to the letters. It was like a lightbulb went on for him. That was the first time he realized that the words to the song meant something. (And he still didn't learn to read until 1st grade. )
post #32 of 40
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How do you ladies work with your younger toddlers on letters, numbers, etc? We count a lot, and I talk at length to him about anything we see, but he is still a bit behind on the talking/more cognitive things.

 

He says very few words at 21 months, and none of them are identifying letters, numbers, colors of shapes. He can identify several animals on sight- he loves his animal books :)


Really, I would not stress about this at all. He will learn to do those things, there's really no reason he needs to know them at 1.5yo!! I don't think you need to do anything beyond casually expose him to the info and answer questions as they arise. Some people would even argue against introducing those things at all (i.e. Waldorf philosophies stress not rushing a child into reading & math, they don't teach it 'til after age 7 from what I understand). Your kid sounds very physical, so even more so may need time to just be a kid, conquer physical challenges, etc.
post #33 of 40

I don't know if you have heard but ABC Jesus Loves Me has a brand new free preschool curriculum for 2 Year Olds.  This joins the 3 and 4 Year Curriculum.  You can look at what it covers to give you an idea.  It is a prep website for Kindergarten so by the time the child has covered the curriculum, he/she will know what is needed for Kindergarten (and much more).

 

Hope this helps!

 

www.abcjesuslovesme.com - is the website

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How do you ladies work with your younger toddlers on letters, numbers, etc? We count a lot, and I talk at length to him about anything we see, but he is still a bit behind on the talking/more cognitive things.

 


what we do is very much dependent on dd's personality.  she is MADLY driven, sometimes in an annoying (but positive) way.  she approaches abc's etc much the way she did crawling and walking.. that is, to obsess about it until she had mastered the task at hand.  the obsession is not always pretty, either.  we're smack in the middle of ABC land right now.  meaning that she demands to go "UP" where the computer is, where we watch little short clips of abc (i think the tilly and the wall sesame street abc is on repeat in my brain at this point) and will absolutely positively flip out when i deny the abc's.  (i have concerns about screen time.  that and i cannot stand.to.hear.the.song.one.more.flippin.time) 

so..... in the future, i am thinking montessori is a good fit for her as she is so motivated.  i have no idea where she gets this from.  i am much more laid back (read:disorganized) in my approach to learning.

 

is that normal or typical?  is anybody else's kid like this?  help?

 

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I don't know if you have heard but ABC Jesus Loves Me has a brand new free preschool curriculum for 2 Year Olds.  This joins the 3 and 4 Year Curriculum.  You can look at what it covers to give you an idea.  It is a prep website for Kindergarten so by the time the child has covered the curriculum, he/she will know what is needed for Kindergarten (and much more).

 

Hope this helps!

 

www.abcjesuslovesme.com - is the website


uh.... the kiddo needs to know about jesus to go to kindergarten?  wha?

 

post #36 of 40

My daughter is 2.5 years old (29 months to be exact) and she's just never been into learning things like that. She's a very physical child and her motor skills have always been more advanced than anything else. She has only recently become interested in singing her ABC's, but doesn't recognize any letters. She sort of counts "1,2,4,5" when she's gearing up to do something like race or jump into the pool. She has just recently started asking about colors, but really only recognizes blue so far. 

 

However, she is doing somersaults, running backwards, climbing her rock wall with no assistance, almost totally potty trained, etc. She's just a more physical kid and prefers to master her motor skills before anything else. I really don't worry about it, personally. I expose her just like any other kid, she's just not into it yet. I have a daycare kid one month older than her who is counting to 10, recognizes almost all the colors of the rainbows, knows her ABC's and recognizes the letters in her name. The trade off is that she's not nearly as advanced physically and those two have always been that way. 

post #37 of 40

Totally normal! She may be a touch spirited. My DD is hardcore spirited but not completely driven. All kids vary, I'd say yours is a leader!
 

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what we do is very much dependent on dd's personality.  she is MADLY driven, sometimes in an annoying (but positive) way.  she approaches abc's etc much the way she did crawling and walking.. that is, to obsess about it until she had mastered the task at hand.  the obsession is not always pretty, either.  we're smack in the middle of ABC land right now.  meaning that she demands to go "UP" where the computer is, where we watch little short clips of abc (i think the tilly and the wall sesame street abc is on repeat in my brain at this point) and will absolutely positively flip out when i deny the abc's.  (i have concerns about screen time.  that and i cannot stand.to.hear.the.song.one.more.flippin.time) 

so..... in the future, i am thinking montessori is a good fit for her as she is so motivated.  i have no idea where she gets this from.  i am much more laid back (read:disorganized) in my approach to learning.

 

is that normal or typical?  is anybody else's kid like this?  help?

 



 

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what we do is very much dependent on dd's personality.  she is MADLY driven, sometimes in an annoying (but positive) way.  she approaches abc's etc much the way she did crawling and walking.. that is, to obsess about it until she had mastered the task at hand.  the obsession is not always pretty, either.  we're smack in the middle of ABC land right now.  meaning that she demands to go "UP" where the computer is, where we watch little short clips of abc (i think the tilly and the wall sesame street abc is on repeat in my brain at this point) and will absolutely positively flip out when i deny the abc's.  (i have concerns about screen time.  that and i cannot stand.to.hear.the.song.one.more.flippin.time) 

so..... in the future, i am thinking montessori is a good fit for her as she is so motivated.  i have no idea where she gets this from.  i am much more laid back (read:disorganized) in my approach to learning.

 

is that normal or typical?  is anybody else's kid like this?  help?

 



Yep, very driven and TOTALLY letter obsessed here!!!  He must have his fridge magnets with him at all times, including in the bathtub and in bed.  Also, he's constantly quizzing everyone around him on the sounds they make and the difference between vowels and consonants.  Try Starfall if your DD likes to watch abc stuff on the computer.

 

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Yep, very driven and TOTALLY letter obsessed here!!!  He must have his fridge magnets with him at all times, including in the bathtub and in bed.  Also, he's constantly quizzing everyone around him on the sounds they make and the difference between vowels and consonants.  Try Starfall if your DD likes to watch abc stuff on the computer.

 


What is starfall?

 

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What is starfall?

 

Starfall.com is a Phonics teaching website, lots of letter-interested toddler/preschoolers/kindergartners love it. 
 

 

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