I want to encourage my 18 month-old dd's interests without 'pushing' her into learning academic concepts just to learn them. I don't know if she is 'gifted' or not - but I thought I'd post here because I appreciate all you mamas view points about encouraging your child's natural inclinations without pushing them.
In the last month my 18 month-old dd has really seemed to develop an interest in counting/numbers and learning her alphabet (among other things). It came as suprise because neither my dh or I have really exposed to her either of these in a direct way.
About a month ago, out of the blue she counted to 6, then the next day counted to 8, and then a couple of days after she counted to 10. Since then she has been counting things around the house, in stores, on the road, etc. She can even count to 5 in Korean (my mom, a Korean speaker, was visiting for a week in Feb. I'm sure this is where she picked it up, but my mom really didn't count in Korean to her as a lesson or anything). My question is, do I just let her count things. Or should I help her along, if she is interested, should I play number games with her?
She apparently knows her alphabet too, and knows more and more letters as the days go by. She has shown interest in graphic letters for awhile (two months maybe), but lately she stops and points to letters and names them.
I want to encourage her natural curiousities and don't want to just memorize a bunch of things just to say she "knows" her numbers, letters, etc. Does this make sense? Also, what are some fun, age appropriate ways to encourage her - games, songs, activities, etc.? I hope this is the right forum to post these questions to. TIA!