It's amazing how our little ones can mesmerize us with their love of learning, isn't it?
My Love is almost three and a half, and he has not yet ceased to amaze us both.........he was doing the alphabet thing before he could even talk -- he'd be able to point/identify any letter by his 1st bday (we had this really cool abacus-style ABC tile-turning toy that should get most of the credit) and by 18 months, he was naming them all himself! As soon as the words started forming, his interest in learning grew even more! He will sing you the entire Star Spangled Banner word for word ~ although I'm sure he doesn't know what "gallantly" means, or what a "rampart" is....what IS a rampart, anyway??! (since just before he turned two)....maybe it's because of all the baseball games we've gone to! He is starting to verbally spell familiar words -- his name, STOP, Fred Meyer.........all the signs he's seen frequently over the past couple of years! It's pretty funny sometimes, because he's at the point where he can "read" all the letters of the alphabet, and he knows the sounds each one makes, but he can't read
yet. So when we're in the car he'll say really quickly, "Momma, what does f-i-r-e-s-t-n spell?" (He tries to "read" it to me so fast....I get the giggles a lot when he does it!) And I've usually passed whatever sign he happens to be looking at by the time he tells me all the letters, so sometimes I'll have to improvise, or just guess, but the answer to the above spelling question is: Firestone (the one by our house has a very tall sign with neon letters that grab his attention every time we're in that area!).
How sweet your little girl sounds. The image of her tiny self lining up all her toys in neat little rows facing the window (how considerate of her to give them something pleasant to look at!!) just warms my heart! I think all children are born with an innate sense of wonder and discovery.........it just takes a patient and gentle soul to guide them into the love of learning and being a full-time Mom really gives the opportunity for comfortable self-paced learning in your own element, whether it be the living room floor or under the covers sunggled up in bed! I also feel very fortunate to have the option of being with my son all day, and I will never tire of the look he gets when he's trying to figure out how something works! And the smile of acheivement when he "gets it".
Besides, you don't even really have to try too hard.....if our children see us enjoying ourselves & having a good time, then they'll just follow our example & approach things with excitement and curiosity, right?! So I think you and your dh should take lots of credit for her apparent genius-streak. After all, you spend the time not only to notice, but to nurture as well. You should be so proud!
Oh, and keep up with the singing, but some advice: rotate the songs you sing!!! My Isaac started saying/singing EVERYTHING to the tune of "This old man" this summer (right about his 3rd bday)! I guess I had been singing that one quite a bit on our walks & in the car! It was adorable and ingenious (to us!) at first, but eventually became slightly annoying..........so I had to make a concerted effort to NOT sing that song for a couple weeks, and then he did start adding our other old favorites to his playlist!! Every time he'd open his mouth, it was that tune.......it was very funny, and I miss the innocent little "quirks" that are gone all too quickly.
Thanks for sharing! It got me thinking back on my little guy's amazing journey to where we are now, and how cool it really was! ..........And there's so much more coolness yet to come!!