Anyone else have a child that knows the ABC's?

Karissa - posted on 01/28/2010 ( 139 moms have responded )

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My 20 month old son knows all but 8 letters of the alphabet which i give Sesame Street the credit for. Anyway was just wondering if anyone else had kids that knew any letters?

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Jennifer - posted on 03/05/2010

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I agree with Melania too btw, every kids is different in how and what they learn. IT probably has a lot to do with personality, like she said, her child is more action oriented. But I've heard doctors say not to worry unless your child is like 6 months behind, and I think even then it doesn't always means there's a problem, but it should be checked out just to make sure. By the time they're like 6, they'll all be largely at the same level anyway! :) My son took a long time to sit up without help ( pillows, etc.) when he was little, but he's now saying his abc's and counting, and your lil one will be too, soon I'm sure! I just wanted to get a general idea about where my son stood as far as being able to say his ABC's, so I was intrigued when I say this subject come up.

Dawn - posted on 03/05/2010

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My daughter is 22 months and know it perfectly -- all letters and the "now I know my ABCs" part after! Daycare has helped a lot and Sesame Street, too!

Jennifer - posted on 03/05/2010

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Haha, Sesame Street indeed! Yes, my 20mos old son knows all his letters except he can't say W, X, or N yet. He can also say his numbers 1-5, and can count up to 8, he just makes sounds for 6-8, like 8 is Ahgg. :) But I had been wondering where he was as far as other kids his age too. I think almost everything he does is remarkable, because I'm biased. :P

Melaina - posted on 03/05/2010

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Krista, your son isn't behind at all. As others have said, there is no real "normal" for this age. Kids learn different things at different rates. My son doesn't know his alphabet at all, and only knows the number 2. He can sort of identify some colours, and can point out most of his body parts, and his speech is fairly average. He's much more of a doer than a sit and learn type. He likes to figure out how things around him work, but couldn't care less about sitting and reading a book. Every kid is different and it's totally pointless to compare them.

Renaye - posted on 03/05/2010

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oooh yes my baby girl been saying her ABCs since she was bout 15 months and now that her speech has cleared up she knows all her letters and can count to 6. me and my 4 yr old would sing the ABC song every morning and the numbers while i was getting them dress for daycare and the whole ride there lol

Krista - posted on 03/05/2010

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Well I guess my son is way behind, because he's 22 months and all he says is, here you go (when handing me something), lights on, 3...3...3...GO, daddy, duh, and blue. The pediatrician hasn't said he's behind or anything, but now I'm kind of embarrassed to take him around other 2 year olds if he's supossed to know his ABC's and doesn't. I try to get him to watch PBS and he changes the channel to cooking shows. I guess he just has more personality then smarts. ☺

Cristina - posted on 03/04/2010

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I'm so glad you posted this, because I had a bit of an argument with my father about my son who turns 22 months today, he knows his ABC's and his colors and numbers til 15, my dad said he's a genius! and as much that I would like to agree he is not, he is one of the new generation of smart babies, our children are born with a blank memory disc inside and as they go into life they start to save data, I think it's awesome that we get to help our kids achieve their full potential. He does watch Sesame street, and Super Why, Word World, Dora, Diego, and Yo Gabba Gabba, those are fun and great for their cognitive awareness.

Kari - posted on 03/04/2010

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Flash cards are the way to go!!! My 21 month old daughter knows all of her letters! She does not know them in order yet but she can tell you what letters they are by seeing them in any order and is spelling words everywhere that she sees them. We spend alot of time with flash cards. She can also count from 1 to 10 and is starting to identify them. We are very proud of our little munchkin, we know shes exceptional!

Tauro - posted on 03/04/2010

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my 21 mnth old lil gurl recognises the letters although she does not know them individually. She recites the alphabet song. she also now khows to count from 1-20, sings nursery rhymes and knows which book to look at to sing each ryhme.

The new generation kids are amazing .. their learning abilities are extra-ordinary.. Children are an extension of who they spend time with and what is learnt during that time.. u have to train the mind and he/she will become..

as parents we should never learn to compare your child and his/her abilities with other children.

All kids are special & intelligent in their own independant way.. Bless their lil hearts!

Amanda - posted on 03/03/2010

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Our son can't sing the alphabet song, but at 22 months he can identify all his letters. He points them out in books and signs and puzzles. I'm assuming he picked it up from books, puzzles, SuperWhy and Word World. He counts to 3. I don't think he understands numbers like he does letters. He knows most of his colors, animal names and sounds and body parts. We haven't really worked a lot with shapes. I don't know if this makes him smarter or not...but I'm proud of him...just as I would be proud of him if he didn't say a single word.

Nichole - posted on 03/03/2010

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Our daughter just turned 22 months she know the all the letters as well. She stumbles when saying them when she get to klmnop but then pick it right back up q. So cute! Be very proud! Some kids are not even talking yet at this age!

Lori - posted on 03/02/2010

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Yeah, my daughter could identify every letter of the alphabel by 24 months. Not in order. You could give her any letter and she could tell you what it was. People couldn't believe it. Now she is 10 years old and yes, she is very bright. She is an amazing speller and has an amazing memory and was reading at a 7th grade level in 2nd grade. However, my son couldn't do that, but he has an extremely high IQ... so you just never know. If a kid can do that, they will probably be a very good student, so long as their temperment and focus is pretty good. But just because they can't do that, doesn't mean they aren't going to be super smart too. Good luck with your little one... I wouldn't force reading on him, but if he interested, I would let him read early. My daughter, funny enough, didn't really want to read until age 5... But because of her great memory was able to learn site words quick and picked up reading quickly once she had the interest. I would foster your son's abilities, but not go overboard... All the best...

Kavita - posted on 03/02/2010

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My daughter knows all the letters of the alphabet. She started identifying them when she was just 18 months old.Like Karissa I would give credit to Barney's ABCs..smthing she watches even now.Also the ABC foam mat was a fun way to teach her the letters as she loves to jump n hop on it.
I remember she used to come to me n say mama there are 2 'w's :)'w' is her fav. letter I think! She even knows the colors n shapes and keeps singing the numbers all day long!

Sarah - posted on 02/28/2010

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I'm not a big T.V. support but I love Letter Factory. As a previous Kindergarten teacher and a current preschool teacher I recommend it for all my children. Especially those who are struggling.

Adrian - posted on 02/28/2010

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My daughter is just shy of 21 months but she's known all the letters of the alphabet for quite some time. She recognizes each one on sight from A-Z, can spell her name and can even count to 10 in English and Spanish. Every baby's different--they all reach the same level at some point do it doesn't really matter.

Ahona - posted on 02/27/2010

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she also knows her numbers from 1-10 and can identify all he body parts...it's fun doing"head, shoulder, knees n toes" with her!!! :)

Ahona - posted on 02/27/2010

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well...my 21 month old doesn't know all the alphabets, she just knows the first 6...BUT she does know what they stand for...eg: if I say "A for" she says "apple", "B for" she says "banana"...and so on and so forth. She gets stuck somewhere around "U" but on prompting she catches up... :)

Jenni - posted on 02/27/2010

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My daughter can sing the whole alphabet. She can count to 11. She can only recognize and tell me the sound of A, B, Z, and R.

Kelly - posted on 02/27/2010

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I don't think it's unusual at this age, but it is fairly advanced. My daughter can mumble the song, but from 6 months I started showing her the "Giant ABC book" that has a picture and word with each letter. I always spell out the word and tell her what the letters are in the word, and also got her a set of alphabet magnets for the fridge.

Her FAVORITE letter, for some strange reason, is R. She says it all the time and wants to write it all the time and can sometimes do it in cursive the way I've taught her. (It's easier to write that way, as she doesn't have to pick the pencil up from the paper) When I show her the letters, either in a book or write them for her, she can tell me what they are. Another of her favorite books is the Dr. Suess ABC book and she says the rhymes with me. A teacher friend of mine recommended that book and I think it helps their memory a lot to have a rhyme to associate with it.

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My daughter is about 22 months and she knows almost all of her letters and can sing the alphabet in order from A to Z but she skips a few letters, mainly E,L,M,P,S, and V. However, she can easily identify even most of the letters she skips when she sees them. She can also count 1 to 10, although occasionally skips the #7 because she has had some trouble saying it, but gets the concept of counting, and will count things she sees throughout the day.

Brooke - posted on 02/26/2010

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yea...my husband and I started reading to him when he was young and by about 12 months he was doing the alphabet with a singing leapfrog toy...he is now 21 months and knows his whole alphabet...he also has learned his numbers and more

Karen - posted on 02/26/2010

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Angie, being able to say their letters or numbers is NOT an indication of how smart or 'on par' any child is at this age, all children develop at their own pace and where they are is NORMAL for them. Sara Jane is very correct MANY mums will exagerate what their children can do, not out of mailice but because every little thing our children do is special and there is more of a 'competitive environment' around children now. It wasn't around when my older kids were born but marketers have managed to convince parents that if their children aren't doing x y or z at a certain age or if they don't buy them this whizz bang toy that will instantly make them smarter their children will be less smart and be left behind.
Enjoy where your bubs is now and as long as she is progressing and not going backwards she is fine.

Renee - posted on 02/26/2010

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By the sounds of things you are doing the right things Karissa...if your son is ready to learn and willing then go for it...my son who is near 3 in April this year was (at 18months) spelling, NANA POPPA DAD MUM JUSTUS LUKAS, his name and his brothers, Currently he is reading "Spot" Books and recognising words everywhere we go...He is keen to learn but all children have short attention spans and you simply can't expect too much, But making it fun and simple-you'll have your boy wanting more and more. Its a lot better than sitting him in front of the telly and the bond you are creating builds your trust and respect for each other, Well Done to YOU!!!

Jessica - posted on 02/26/2010

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yeha my daughter knows hers, shes 21 months olld i actually have a video of it on my facebook if you wanna check it out..

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Jellybean and I work on vocabulary, although she loves watching her "mElmo". I think the alphabet or numbers are not so important at this age, but communication in general is. She drags her "First 100 Word" book all over the house and we play "what is it?", so she can identify her surroundings. She has started coming out with her first complete sentences "Mummy-daddy gone work" "Outside walk play Ben" . so she is doing well for her age. All day long we read books, hide out in her big cardboard box, sing and dance, and play with the puppets. She is learning "Clean up" comes before milk and cookies :). At bedtime she watches " international lullabies if the world" found on youtube, so she is exposed to different types of music and languages. The greek and turkish ones are her favorites.

Sherri - posted on 02/17/2010

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Yep she misses a few also jklmn are the ones, I think the song is to fast for her to sing those. She can also count 1 thru 10. She did not watch Sesame Street though. She has a bear that sings the alphabet and since I have older kids and do daycare we are counting alot. My girl is also a singer and will sing about anything that comes on in her own words lol She also tries to read books she memorizes things pretty well. She can read brown bear what can you see? It is so funny to watch her read that book.

Susan - posted on 02/17/2010

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Kara knows all her letters, although she sometimes confuses E and F, and sometimes X and K. She can sing the whole song. We don't use flash cards or anything, we just read a lot, and some of her books are alphabet books. She's been pointing out letters and numbers on signs, like the DELI sign in the grocery store. I see an L! I see an E! etc...

Kellie - posted on 02/16/2010

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Thats good...a fast learner! My daughter is 21 months and can count to ten...it was out of nowhere, not sure who she learned it from, but I love it!

Nicole - posted on 02/16/2010

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My daughter is 20 months and knows all the uppercase letters - she will show me any letter I ask for in any order, sing the ABC song, point out letters on signs and on television - it is great to see how she learns!! We have the fridge phonics which we play with together all the time and we watch some shows like sesame street and superwhy on PBS. We also have a lot of books and we're always singing and reading together. She was an early talker and has always had a very large vocabulary too. But like you said - every child is different and if they don't know letters yet or even talk much that is definitely ok! I teach kindergarten and there are a lot of kids who start school not knowing any letters and do a great job. The more time parents spend reading to their child and spending time together making learning experiences is always best though!

Anita - posted on 02/15/2010

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My son knows a few letter and has just learnt 1..2..3..go he is more into his animals and books and he also knows where his head eyes ears feet toes fingers etc are, all children develop in different ways at different stages some might be interested in words and numbers first others animals and shapesjust because 1 child knows how to do one thing does not mean they are more advanced than another because that child might know how to do something that the first child didnt again its how the child develops themselves in their own learning pattern.

I know a child that is 4 months older than my son (21minths) and he hardly talks at all he just points and grunts but his co - ordination is alot better than my sons so you cant reall judge children against each other

Samantha - posted on 02/15/2010

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My son does know his ABC's and can count to 10 so far. If they are read to on a daily basis or watch programs like Sesame Street they tend to pic it up faster. Thats awesome your son is doing this. Keep up the great work and just encourage him.

Suzi - posted on 02/14/2010

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My son knows all but 3 of them a few sounds we watch super why everyday we play with magnets and blocks the show is amazing.
He learned all the numbers but 9 from Mickey mouse playhouse and most shapes snd colors too. Those two shows and constantly singing the alphabet did it for us.
Take care
suzi

Sara - posted on 02/14/2010

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and angie, our children won't have resentment for us since we apparently aren't pushing our children before they are ready for it. our children will grow up happy, smart and well adjusted! plus a lot of mom's over exaggerate their children's true ablities. my son tells me he wants a snack, a drink, any number of things without saying, "mom i want some cheese and juice out of the fridge" but plenty of mom's i've been around would say that's exactly what their child says. knowing they do the same thing my b does...comes to me, says "i eat" and walks me to the fridge where he grabs a cheese and juice i have on the bottom shelf where he can reach.

Sara - posted on 02/14/2010

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my son is 20 months and doesn't know his alphabet. he's in daycare and none of the kids in his age class can say their alphabet. they call can say a few letters when they see them. just they other day my son started saying "one...two..." i'm pretty sure he has no concept of them being numbers, only that you say two after you say one. knows animals when he sees them even makes the noise some of them make. and he knows tunes to songs. he hums the rest of a song if you start it. he watches very little tv, and what he does watch is pbs, the wonder pets, or the backyardigans. i read to him all the time and like i said he's in daycare and they teach them a lot. of course he doesn't talk much. he has no trouble communicating what he wants or understanding what you say. he just doesn't say a lot of words. at the age our children are, they don't have the brain capacity to understand what letters/numbers are. they just are repeating what we tell them. while its good, it would be a lot like me showing you the formula to synthesize 1-Ethoxy-2,4-dinitrobenzene. you could recognize that's what it is, but you wouldn't know what it is or what its used for how it works. so any mom's who's children can't say their alphabet, no worries :)

Vanessa - posted on 02/14/2010

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This is for Angie: I wouldn't worry about your daughter is she's only says a few words. All children develop at different rates and to compare children at this age is like comparing apples to oranges. In my experience as an early childhood educator, I've seen some kids not saying anything until they are over two. Plus, she probably has her own language and cues that you understand when she wants something or is trying to tell you something. I wouldn't worry too much. But if you are, talk to her ped. and see what he/she has to say. Hope that makes you feel better!!

Theresa - posted on 02/14/2010

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My 21 month old knows how to count from 1 to 10 and she can sing some of the abc's not all but she is learning them, she can spell her name which is courtney and she is learning how to count backwards which I'm not sure that is good because it can get confusing, she watches alot of the learning shows, she also knows most of the shapes, I have a veggie tale book that has shapes in them and that is where she learned them from plus the learning shows she watches. Some people don't like letting there kids watch alot of tv but we let her watch only learning shows and it has paid off. We also pay for the baby channel that helps too!

Ronda - posted on 02/14/2010

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Unfortunately my daughter prefers the Wiggles!! Singing and dancing are her favorite things to do. Wish those Wiggles would dance around with letters occasionally! She does say over a hundred different wordsnow and has known her body parts (including knees and elbows, etc.) since she was a little over a year old. Its so hard not to compare though, isn't it?!?!

Angie - posted on 02/14/2010

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i guess my daughter is way behind after reading these posts, because she is 21 months and cannot say any of the alphabet, numbers or really say any words that i recognize besides hi, bye, uh-oh, and mom...Is THIS normal?????

Megan - posted on 02/14/2010

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My daughter can sing the alphabet, and has been able to for a very long time. Being an educator I know that being able to sing it doesn't mean that she actually "knows" the alphabet, but its a start. She does excel in math. She can rote count to 20 and count objects up to five successfully and repeatedly. It's amazing how much they learn, so quickly!

Amanda - posted on 02/13/2010

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yeah my son who will be 2 in may (obviously) knows the alphabet and is starting to read he will sit and read the little sesame street books and thomas the train books

Dominique - posted on 02/13/2010

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My daughter does....the credit for that goes to Super Why???Although I can't distinguish between her M and N

Mayuri - posted on 02/13/2010

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Lovely to know this....Maybe my little Aarna knows all beacuse she is my first child, but for me all credit goes to my Mom who is always teaching and playing with her...:)

Maria - posted on 02/13/2010

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MY OLDEST SON KNEW ALL OF HIS LETTERS AT 18 MONTHS. HE COULD IDENTIFY THEM AND SING THE TUNE. I CREDIT THIS TO THE FACT THAT HE WAS MY FIRST CHILD AND I SPENT ALOT OF TIME WITH HIM PLAYING ALPHABET GAMES. MY OTHER 2 CHILDREN DIDN'T PICK THEM UP AS QUICKLY-NOT AS MUCH TIME TO PLAY AND TEACH WITH OTHER KIDS IN THE PICTURE. MY OLDEST SON STILL LEARNS THINGS VERY QUICKLY.

Mayuri - posted on 02/13/2010

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Hi!! My 20 months old Aarna knows all alphabets a to z, numbers 1 till 10 and 6 -7 nursery rhymes, which we recites all very well and very sweetly....

Mayuri - posted on 02/13/2010

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Even my 20 months old daughter knows all ABCs........numbers 1 till 10, and many nursery rhymes..and all credit to my Mom....

A - posted on 02/13/2010

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My little girl knows quite a few letters now too, though I couldn't tell you exactly which off the top of my head without thinking on it. But she also has an extremely intelligent nearly 5 year old brother that loves reading/writing/spelling/etc, and is more than eager to teach his baby sister what he knows.

Yasmin - posted on 02/12/2010

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Hi, my little one says ABCDEF and 12345 how sweet of him and everymorning when he wakes up he dances and say Baby Happy

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