Hello, I'm new here but have been lurking and reading threads in this forum for some time. My DD is 2 1/2 year old I've never tested her but she's been well above the average curve for some time. Full letters/numeral recognitions@14 month, complex sentences by 18month and her latest interest are human internal anatomy, counting big numbers and tutu. She talks like a 4, 5 year old but of course her maturity is nowhere close.
After doing lots of reading, my DH and I put her in mixed age(3 to 6yr) montessori program just a few months ago.
Many 2yr olds in her class are not very verbal and don't know how to play with other kids yet, so DD talks a lot about older kids who come and play with her. When we toured school, the kids seem very friendly, mature and nurturing toward younger ones, so I was happy until recently when DD begain talking about "going on a date" and tonight gave me some mangled lines from Beyonce's "my man"(I'm not a pop fan, so I had to google search to figure this out).
My DH and I have zealously avoided all TV, commercial influence--we cancelled our cable subscription and the only TV DD watches are some documentaries and PBS programs w/ no commericals, so it's clearly something she picked up from older kids. Of course she doesn't understand what they mean, but now I'm concerned.
I know kids these days grow up very fast and probably it's not too unusual for 5 or 6 year olds to be familiar with a Beyonce's tune or two, and whether I like it or not, DD may become a fan of the next gen Beyonce when she's 5 but I feel 2 year is just too early. Smart kids pick up things fast and in DD's case, she's picking up how to socialize as well as Beyonce, preschool crush, etc.
Have you had this kind of experience in mixed age group and how did you deal with it? I still like the idea of mixed age group for advanced/gifted kids, but not sure how to ward off this type of influence and explain it to my 2 1/2 year old.
Any idea/comment would be appreciated. Thank you.