Speaking and pre-school

Amy - posted on 06/14/2011 ( 23 moms have responded )

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Ok I was wondering how every one esles 21moth or almost 2 year old is doing on thier communication skills. My daughter seems to be behind in this.

Also has any one looked into doing some pre-school once they are 2. I am looking at some ideas to just introduce shapes, number and letters as well as some phonic.

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Amanda - posted on 08/05/2011

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I help my 2 year old with talking by reading to her to help boost her vocabulary. I've also noticed that she talks more after she's been around other talkers. As for preschool, since she has a August birthday I'm not thinking of putting her in preschool until age 4 so I have the option of doing 2 years if she's not ready for Kindergarten at age 5. She's also only in the 10th percentil so she's very tiny and the other kids would tower over her. If you have any doubts about if your child is ready for school, postpone.

Lisa - posted on 07/12/2011

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My son speaks many words and phrases but only when he feels like it. I wouldn't worry unless you talk to your pedi and they say there is something to worry about. Lots of children are just late talkers.

Rachel - posted on 07/12/2011

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My son can say words very well but doesn't. They don't speak on their own until they are over 2yrs old. Preschool I'm not a fan of.

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my son goes to daycare so they do work with letters and numbers and shapes. my son is pretty good with communication. he knows alot of words, i would estimate over 150, and regularly uses 2 word sentences and sometimes 3 and 4 word sentences. he is also using his words to deascribe his feelings and what he wants (not all the time, but enough to make my life easier). all kids develop differently. if your doctor thinks your daughter is ok i wouldn't worry about it too much.

Terri - posted on 07/01/2011

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Get the My Baby Can Read program! Its amazing! My daughter is 22 months old and can sing her ABCs,she can count to 15, knows all her animal sounds, all her body parts and talk alot!!

Emily - posted on 06/28/2011

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My daughter is 22 months but is doing VERY well with the speaking and talking. Everyone tells me she is really smart for her age. She is my only child so I am assuming it is because all my time is spent on her. Do you have other children?? I do alot of things with my daughter, one being story time at the library.It gets her socialized, and learning. It is only once a week for an hour but it does help. I take her places and she loves to read!! Pre-school might be good for your daughter. I have actually thought about putting her in preschool a couple days a week for a few hours to get her a head start as well. Good luck!!

Kristyne - posted on 06/28/2011

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We use flash cards, found them at Target and we make it a game. Also we have tub toys with colors, letters and numbers. Our son is doing very well with picture recognition and colors. Counting is going ok. We also read to him at least 3 books ev ery night before bed. i am a firm believer that reading is a great learning tool. He says some words just by the page we are on. And would read all day and night if he could. We have a 6 month old also and we are reading to her as well. Hope that helps

Tara - posted on 06/26/2011

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My daughter will repeat everything, if she can get her tongue around it, but it is never the whole word or the correct announciation. My Pediatrician informs me that she is a bit ahead of where most 22 month olds are, but I wonder the same as all of you. I think we forget that these little ones haven't even been here 2 years, yet here they are talking, learning, etc. I say, just let them go at thier own pace...we can't expect them to say the whole alphabet with no mistakes! :) Goodluck and God Speed!

Debbie - posted on 06/23/2011

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hi there, my daughter is quite forward with her vocab compared to other children around her at the same age, she still does the baby talk and some words she says are just sounds but you can make out what she is trying to say! she is best at names like mama, grandad, mummy and daddy etc and she knows aunty and uncles real names! it started over night really... one minute she was like a baby the next she was trying to make sentences

as for pre-school for the past 3 weeks my daughter has been going to nursery for 4 hours on a friday and s has come on leaps and bounds, she has even started using the toilet and reconising when she needs to go and comes and tells me and that is all down to the encouragement of the staff there! they forgot to ask me when i dropped her off if she is toilet traing ang tried her on the toilet and i just continued this and its going well

children develop at different stages its not a race between your child and someone elses, they will do what they want when they want so just wait and yours will do something that someones child you know wont be doing...

Christine - posted on 06/21/2011

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Remember, children learn through play. Get some blocks and teach her colors and counting while playing. Talk about colors while you are doing everyday life things. You don't need a formal curriculum. I'd caution you to be careful about putting her in a school-at any preschool age- that "teaches" through worksheets. Little ones are not ready for that and it means nothing to them other than copying- which sone children cannot do bc of the fine motor skill development. I bet you are doing great with her at home :) Read to her, play with her, and talk to her about what you guys are doing. If you are concerned about her speech youcan always have her assessed for speech therapy. Hope this helps!

Terri - posted on 06/21/2011

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My daughter is almost 22 months old and very verbal. She will repeat anything I say. She'll talk in 3-4 words sentences. She knows all of her ABCs (can't say them in order) and numbers up to 12 (she counts 3, 5, 6, 9, 10). She has known her colors and shapes for months. She just loves to learn, so we read books and look at flash cards a lot. She has started quizzing herself--she'll hold something up and say color? orange!

We are going to put her in a 2 day a week preschool program in the fall. She can obviously learn a lot at home, but I want her to get the social interaction with kids and teachers away from home. I am nervous about having her away from me, but know she's going to love it!

Nicola - posted on 06/20/2011

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My son is very vocal and we can work out some words he says like "juice", "cheese" and "hiya". But his older sister was the same at this age. Will definatly be understandable by Christmas lol.
As for colours, shapes and numbers, he's pretty good at puzzles and doing shape sorting games. Likes counting 1-3 using his fingers (can't say 4 & 5 yet :) ) Haven't really explored colours at the moment.
He does enjoy drawing, playing with cars and building blocks. Loves running about and climbing over everything! Think this is a boy thing :) He's pretty good at following direction like getting & putting away his shoes when he's asked.
Not putting too much pressure on learning Pre-school activites just yet. Letting him explore at his own pace.

Emma - posted on 06/20/2011

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My son is 21 months and can count to 10 an even identify the numbers when writing them in the wrong order. He knows most shapes including Hexagon and Diamond, He knows all his colours and speaks really well you can have a conversation with him. He knows all his animal and vehicle sounds and is starting to learn his alphabet. He has been in Nursery since 4 months old and both at home and in grandparents he likes books identifying pictures, doing jigsaws, building blocks and counting them. He has naturally wanted to learn and we havent pushed him into this, my mum said I was the same as a baby. I think getting them toys that educate at the same time works but dont teach let them copy the more they hear you do the more they will want to do it too

Joy - posted on 06/19/2011

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My daughter says a lot of things. She's working on counting, letters, colors and can identify a circle, star & heart. She can say all the numbers up to 'ten,' but can't get them in order. She sings along with Dora for 'ABC's' but does not get all of the letters. When we ask what color something is it is usually 'yellow.' This last weekend she started to get 'green' too. We just heard her speak her first 3 word sentence tonight while driving back from vacation, telling us "shoes are wet" after she splashed in some puddles. I work with her a lot in the afternoons and mornings she goes to a daycare where her friends are a few months to a year older than she is.

We are looking a Montessori for when she's 3 years old, but if she can't get into it or we can't afford it than I'll continue teaching her at home.

Lindsay - posted on 06/19/2011

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My daughter seems to be ahead of her peers in speech. She will repeat anything you say and speaks in three to four word sentences.

As far as pre-school, we have already begun teaching her shapes, colors, numbers and letters as well as the names of all objects. We use books, flash cards, talking about everything we see while out on walks, or at the grocery store. We talk about what other people are doing as well as what we are doing around the house. Just constantly talking to her. It is never too early to start talking about everything. Even though she may not be able to verbally speak it right now, she is absorbing the information being presented to her. Another tool that she likes to use is the Ipad, there are a few games on mine that she likes to play teaching her shapes, letters, numbers and vocabulary.

Pamela - posted on 06/18/2011

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my daugther is 22 months and she has been saying three to four word sentances for a few months now and she is almost fully potty trained..minus the wiping of the butt. she knows all of her colors and can count to 13.she is very hyper and wants to copy EVERYTHING her four year old brother does, even had some issuses with the potty training cause she wants to stand like him and pee. everyone seems to think i am pushing her to be potty trained but that is not so, she hated being wet and just was ready, even stays dry at night, so to answer your questions every kid is different and goes at there own pace, i wouldn't worry too much about it, my son was the first child and slower at the talking..he did sign language until he turned three, but was super smart, could count to twenty knows all the colors and shapes.

Amy - posted on 06/17/2011

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Oh I am going to do home schooling so that is what I meant any one starting any of it at all. I found some fee stuff that I can use.

The talking seems to get better then some times no. I am consered only becasue of Autisom in my husbands family.

Amanda - posted on 06/17/2011

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My daughter is abit ahead in the speech department she is speaking in 4 word setences and has been for a while, BUT she does have an older brother who is 3.
My son on the other hand, although he was premmie, was a slow talker, his speech didn't pick up till just after he turned 2 and now we can't keep him quiet.

I have recently taken both my kids out of preschool (for financial reasons) and honestly don't think they have learnt too much more from being in there than they have at home. I am going to put my son in school programme before he starts school and will probably wait with my daughter for another year

Chrissy - posted on 06/17/2011

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My little one seems to be ahead of the game in this area. At her 18 month check up the Dr. told us she is at a 3 year old communication level. We have always read to her a lot and I think that has made all the difference. We also never did the baby talk to her. She is a very bright little girl, and while she would love the interaction with the other kids, I think that we are going to wait at least till she is 3 if not 4. There are a lot of things that you can do at home with her that they would do in pre-school. BUT they all develop at their own rate. I wouldn't stress about it. Enjoy it, sometime I think gosh will she ever be quiet, especially since the other day she told me "take a break Mommy" when I was trying to get her to pick up her toys.

Suset - posted on 06/17/2011

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My daughter is a bit behind as well. Her older sister was the same way and is now 8 and doing great in school, so I'm not too worried. We are a bilingual home so it's common for them to take a bit longer with language. As for Preschool, I'm waiting until she's 4. I'm enjoying having her home far too much for me to part with her, that and I feel she's learning all those things with me and the rest of our family. I'm in no rush to place her in school, but to each his own. With the language issue, if it's worrisome for you, I'd speak to her doctor, they are a better judge of what's normal and what isn't

Elizabeth - posted on 06/14/2011

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My son says words here and there but only when he wants to. I will ask him time and time again and he won't say what i ask him but then he will bust out with something crazy like Go Giants. I think that they all just communicate verbally in their own time. I wouldn't worry about it unless she isn't saying anything at all. I try to encourage my son to talk by always asking him questions. I am sure sooner than we think we will be wondering if there was ever a time they didn't ramble their little heads off. I will be putting my son in preschool once he is potty trained.

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