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#1 of 4 Old 10-08-2012, 10:49 AM - Thread Starter
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Hi all,


My three year old nephew can spell all words. Can I consider him as genius. Can you share where your toddlers are with spellings. Do they pick up on spellings once they are in kindergarten or do they need to be taught before sending them to kindergarten.


Can you share your experiences.


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Not a genius. 


Kids learn differently. Some faster than others. 3 is kind of early to be able to tell how smart a person is going to be.

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I think it's exciting that he can spell words, whether it means he's a genius or not! At that age, I think the best thing to do is watch and marvel at what children can learn.
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My three year old can spell her name, except when she gets excited and gets it out of order. She does that with numbers too - they're things she knows by rote, and doesn't necessarily understand yet.

Kids absolutely do not need to be taught to spell before kindergarten. It's not even really a kindergarten thing - spelling is a skill that depends on a bunch of other linguistic concepts. Kids have to read and write with a certain amount of fluency first. And then there's the darned English vowels, which can all sound like pretty much anything...

As far as I'm concerned, aunthood entitles you to consider your nephews and nieces geniuses. smile.gif
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