my housemate gave me this book called enstein never used flashcards (or something like that) and it talks about all this hype that exists to "make" smart children, and really how destructive it is for children. Joseph Chilton Pearce in The Magical Child even goes as far to say that teaching children too much linear knowledge, such as reading, too early can be damaging.
Too much, too soon has been shown to increase rates of anxiety and depression, and an aversion to learning.
just thought i'd throw that out there.
i think that if a dc teaches themself these things, that is differently. but trying to train them early takes the fun out of being a toddler. just my opinion, of course. :LOL
saying that, dd can count a bit. she likes to try and say numbers up to 10, and i try not to correct her when she says them "wrong."
she has recently been saying colors out of the blue (no pun intended). it is like she has heard us say them enough that she figured it out on her own, no coaching necessary.
she is saying mostly 2 word sentences, sometimes 3. when she is using kathrynn speak, those sentences can extend to 10-20 words w/ a few english thrown in. :LOL
lately has has begun to figure out how to say all of my housemates names. she says di-di for david, ayan for allan, momo for domo (short for domonique), yisa for lisa (yeah, she calls me by myh first name sometimes.
). the rest she can not say yet. but now taht she can say most of their names, she likes to boss them around. "Ayan, EAT!!!" "Aya, FOOD!!!" very cute stuff.
casina- i'm so sorry that you've been down in the dumps lately. i hope you can find some time for yourself one of these days.
i told my housemates that for my b'day (jan 8) i want to go out to eat w/ dh w/o dd and have them watch her. this is a big step for me, and her. she seems to be at the age where she really enjoys playing w/ everyone, and i don't necessarily have to be there all the time. saying that, dh and i have never had anyone else watch her w/o us being in the house or down the street at the post office, so it will be a big step for us. we don't have any money to go out to eat right now, so we wouldn't be doing this for another month probably. plenty of time to prepare, right?
it's raining raining raining here... BLAH!!!!