My parents and I are already worried that my DD is going to be insanely bored at school. Just through natural day-to-day activities, like nature walks, playing at the park, reading, playing games, etc., she, as every other two year old, is so very curious about everything. Her memory, her expressive language, and especially her receptive language, are very well-developed. At 10 months, Early Intervention came to evaluate, due to a gross motor skill delay that only ended up being 2% at the time and has since caught up and become accelerated, as well, her language skills were evaluated to be an average of nearly a year ahead, at that point.
This is where she is, now, at 2:
- Knows 10 colors (we're working on different ones, now, using cars and things in the environment)
- Can orally spell and recognize all letters in her name
- Recognizes 80% of the alphabet
- Has held a crayon (regular size) correctly since 9 months
- Can write some letters/numbers
- Knows some shapes
- Knows distinction among/can name numerous animals, including caribou
- Can name several insects and knows part of the food chain
- Can identify different types of clouds and knows some of their functions
- Counts to 15
- Can name several fruits
- Displays leadership qualities within a group of children
- Knows the meanings of and uses general manners appropriately, such as please, thank you, excuse me, pardon me, and bless you
- Uses compound sentences
- Has an insane memory of people's names and faces, including those she does not see often (even some she sees once a month or less), memory of places and objects
- Puts together complex associations of how people and animals interact with the environment
These are just a small snippet of her skills, thus far, and it's nothing that we do formal, but all through play. She always asks, "What's that, Momma?," "What's it do?" and "What's it for?" The big idea of this whole thing is that she retains things very quickly and applies them to different situations.
What I am looking for, here, are some ideas on what to do if she continues this path over the next few years. I don't want her bored in school, because I am sure, with her personality, that would spell trouble!