What Should My 16month old Be Learning?

Cheri - posted on 06/14/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hi, my 16 month old stays with an individual sitter. She keeps 5 little boys ranging in age from 15 months to 3 years.
She says she lets them watch the educational cartoons, and she does flash cards.
What all does your child know? I dont want to put my son in a large daycare, but I also dont want him to get behind.
Currently, he knows his body parts (ie, eyes, nose, hair, teeth, tounge, fingers, toes, etc) and a few animals (cow says moo, tiger says roar, dog says ruff, cat says mew, chicken says cock-a-doodle-do).
What more should I be teaching him? We have been saying "1..., 2..., 3!" and "A, B, C, D, E, F, G!" But, that is as far as I've gone with the abc, 123s.
I know he knows a lot, but I'm not sure what he should be learning next. Please help... are large daycares that much more effective with learning?
Thanks

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Sarah - posted on 06/16/2011

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Sounds like our boys are just alike! My son's favorite things are body parts and animals.
I've started counting and teaching colors. By teaching I just mean I'll say, "oh look! Two boats! One, two! Count them!" or "wow, this is a green truck. Green!". Haha. I don't make him sit down and learn anything yet, I agree they should be learning through play.

Katie - posted on 06/14/2011

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My son knows most of the things you listed above but im not actively teaching him. He generally learns by himself. I dont like to think that i am schooling my children before they are 3. they should be left as babies to grow and develop. The only way i teach my baby is through songs and play. Hope this helps. It sounds like he is a very bright boy already!!!

Megan - posted on 02/23/2013

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I think your son is doing great! My son is 16 months and can do all that an has about 20 words and a couple of phrases he can use, and that is just from listening to us talk, the more you push them to learn the less interested they become, or so it seems with my 16 month old anyways.
Relax. Some kids are way ahead developmentally as babies/toddlers, but by the time they are school age they are average, or the opposite, slow learners in the beginning could end up geniuses later on!
Play with him, that is really how they learn, listening and playing!

Jen - posted on 06/23/2011

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I started our daughter on the "Your Baby Can Read" program at 6 months old. A lot of it in the beginning was from memory but now at 16 months she's pretty vocal and all she wants to do is look at books. The other day she was looking at her book & started doing something funny with the hand- then I realised she was doing the "Itsy Bitsy Spider" song.. We give her flash cards (which I laminated so she couldn't tear them up) and she has them in a bag- mostly she likes taking them out & returning them to the bag but I'm always calling the word out.
You're lucky that your son can be with other kids in a small enough group that they can learn together and not be influenced by "older" kids. You are in a good place and every child learns on their own schedule. We all want the best for our kids and love is the best gift!! :-)

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Sheila - posted on 06/23/2011

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I've started singing head, shoulders, knees and toes - she loves playing and touching her body parts as we sing the song - but we start off slowly and build up speed - she also understands about her arms, legs, head and bottom as we swim every week... as long as learning is fun for everyone (;o)

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