Hi all. It was recommended by a fellow MDC-er that I post here about my DD for any advice/suggestions you may have.
So, DP and I have been recognizing for awhile now that our daughter Cady is ahead, developmentally, w/r/t a lot of her communication, reasoning, and fine motor skills as compared to other kids her age. We are trying to encourage her but not push her, but I was wondering if you have any suggestions of anything "special" I should/could be doing with her? Flashcards and the like seem contrived, but she really does have a love of letters, words, and numbers. I want to foster her interest without being pushy, ya know? Any books you'd recommend (for me/my partner)?
Here's what's been up with her:
- signing "milk," "more," and "all done" between 4-6 months, first word (Ra, our cat) at 9 months.
- ~a dozen words at 12 months, 300+ words at 18 months, and... well, I don't know anymore (at ~21 months). She's speaking in short sentences, has begun conjugating/pluralizing, uses adjectives, adverbs, and pronouns.
- Can count to 13 with no prompting (has been missing 4 and 5 for the last week or so for some reason)
- Recognizes most of the upper case letters, and most of the sounds they make (confuses the sounds for similar letters, e.g. 'S' and 'C.'
- Recognizes her own name and "mama" spelled out in front of her. Can spell her name as you write it/say each letter (she says the next) (obviously rote; I don't THINK she can spell/read).
- Shape/letter associations, e.g., she asks me to write an 'O' and says, "O! Circle! O!" or an 'A' and says, "A! A triangle!"
- Finishes the ends of phrases in her favorite books (up to 4 or 5 words).
- Understands quantities of 1, 2, and 3, and that two things - both, etc. If she has three of something in her hand and I ask her how many, she quickly responds "three" (w/ out counting) Has started to apply this to her mommy and me, and says, "Mama! Mommy!... both mamas! Two mommies!" (I proceed to melt...) :-)
- EXCELLENT memory. Better than me, sometimes.
- Knows all the kids in her daycare by name, all the "key" adults, too (can pick them out in photographs, even old ones).
- Builds towers of 12+ wooden blocks (and has started making wider bases for extra stability!)
- Eats with a fork and spoon, wipes mouth with napkin (when she's feeling it, lol)
- Can follow complex instructions, e.g., "please put your crayons in the box, put them on your table, and go get your water. Be sure to use a coaster!" and "go get your shoes, please. Be sure to bring both (brings a matched pair) and sit in mama's lap so I can put them on you."
I could go on, but just wanted to share some background. Am I being a total nut thinking she may be exhibiting early signs of "giftedness?" I thought this group would be a good to bounce these things off of talk with about this, and it's been tough having these conversations with other parents with kids similar in age to my daughter, because none of them are quite as ahead of these kinds of milestones as Cady. She is a bit more on target/slower with gross motor stuff (like, just learned to jump with both feet off the ground a few weeks ago, and is still mastering up and down stairs w/out "climbing/crawling/scooting." Feel free to bring me back down to earth. :-)
Thanks for any advice/experiences you'd like to share. I really appreciate it! I was labeled a gifted kid, and honestly, I was also labeled a "bad" kid until about first grade or so when I finally got the support I needed. I don't want that to happen to my daughter if I can help it (if she does indeed end up continuing on this trajectory). Also, I'm starting to fret a little that she's not going to make her kindergarten cut-off because of her birthday, but I guess that does make me sound a little crazy since she's not yet two. Lol.
Oh, and she goes to "school" (Goddard School Daycare) three days a week. Not sure if that's relevant or not.
Edited by sunwillshine - 7/3/12 at 11:33am