Can your two year old count

KELLY - posted on 12/04/2010 ( 52 moms have responded )

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Can your two year old count and if so to what number and do they also know their shapes,colours and alphabet?

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Candy - posted on 12/23/2010

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Oh yeah, and for the rest of your question- two year olds generally don't have much grasp of colours, shapes and letters unless they are gifted. In the preschool room (4- and 5-yr-olds) we still have to reinforce colours, especially grey, brown, black, white, for many kids, and ditto with shapes. We also find that if we start the alphabet at the beginning of their last preschool year it is early enough to be new for most of them. BUT my brother could name letters at 2 (IQ 164)... it's not a guarantee of a happy life but it's a warning that you will need to be on your toes if your 2-yr-old is performing like a 5-yr-old or older.

Angela - posted on 06/11/2012

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my second daughter who will be 2 in 2 weeks does not know any of her numbers or letters. My first child knew all her letters and numbers 1-10 by the time she was 2 (she is 4 now). I'm not stressing. They all develop at their own rate.....let them be kids and enjoy!

Autom - posted on 11/16/2012

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Elijah (about 30 months) once counted to 12 or 13.....he is only taking off full force with talking,so you must sometimes listen carefully. He also know the colors green,blue,pink,purple or (popo) as he said lol,yellow,and red,orange,etc. He counts all the time,recognizes numbers and what they are on blocks,in the stores. He sees isle numbers or the numbers on the tops of the cash registers. He said his full ABC's a couple times. Again we must work on saying or pronouncing some letters correctly. Honestly he is the second child. With the costs of daycare and my husband being gone all the time for work. I am at home,money is tight but so far it is what we need to do. Also he has a brother who is four. They are constantly playing in various ways. I am always talking to Elijah,and showing him around the world. A little tv (Kera,or PBS) does a little boost. I allow a little tv time here and there. I am a big fan of combining play and learning between tv,computer,and then books,papers etc...also doing sensory play,painting,outdoors,music,free play etc. ;)

Karenda - posted on 06/18/2012

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@ Toni

In my house I'm just trying to keep up with what my girls want to learn. Starting at 15 months my youngest would get the box of magnetic letters and follow us around until we sat down and did letters with her. If my husband was napping on the couch she would take the box and bang it on his head so he would help her open it. I'm going to guess that most of the parents posting on this page aren't forcing this on their kids, but just trying to keep up with the pace the kids insist that they want to learn.

Candy - posted on 12/23/2010

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I've taught/cared for kids from birth upwards. Right at the moment I know a 2-yr-old who can count to 20 and also read, but this is certainly not usual. By the end of preschool, ie age 4.5 to 5 years, most of the kids can count to 10 forwards and count backwards from 5, some can count to 20 and the exceptionally bright can go as far as 100. So if your child can count beyond '1,2'at 2 years, you probably have a bright child on your hands- celebrate!

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Hailey - posted on 08/05/2014

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My daughter is 22 months old and knows all of her colors (besides grey and brown), and basic shapes (circles, squares, triangles, hearts, and stars). She can also count to ten. We made a song of how to spell her name and she almost has it (her name is Zayelynn, so its a long name). She can say her ABCs to G and then just starts babbling til she gets to LMNOP and then babbles til she screams "Z!!". She uses her magnetic letters and names them very well, as well as stating their colors, i.e. "Red T!". She also talks a LOT and can say complete sentences and have a small conversation. She still babbles to herself. I credit a great deal of her knowledge to Sesame Street. I never would have thought to be teaching my one year old all of these things. Start them early and remember to repeat, repeat, repeat-and they will learn!

Joanne - posted on 05/28/2014

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My 23 month old knows his entire Alphabet (upper and lower case), all of his shapes (including a few 3 dimentional shapes), colors and numbers 1-10 that I know of. It's hard because his attention span is about 0 most of the time lol! He's not great at communicating but his vocabulary is HUGE to the point that he knows more words than most of the children in my daughters preschool class. He also throws some pretty awesome temper tantrums lol!

Erin - posted on 02/02/2014

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My daughter could say her entire alphabet and numbers from 1 to 20 by 16 months. Today, she is 23 months, can identify all her shapes and colors, and can sing the alphabet sounds in addition to the alphabet. She can count backward from 6 and string complete sentences together. Now, if you ask her to count actual objects she can only get to 5 accurately. She also cannot yet identify letters. Some children just have keen auditory processing. We learned this early and were able to use that to teach her. Her weakness can sometimes be comprehension. Sometimes we ask her questions and she responds with yes when that answer isn't even appropriate. Just get to know how your child learns. They each have strengths and weaknesses!

Gemma - posted on 10/19/2012

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My daughter is 2 year 10 months learnt to count 1-15 and can say what basic shapes are but as for colours she seem to be struggling a little bit so need a few afternoon where sit and make a game out of the colours.

She has sat and told me what they are b4 i think Yessss cracked it but by next day she goes all daft will say everything is pink or blue lol So not 100% how many she actually knows lol

I did want her to know most basic things b4 she goes to nursery to help her get a little head start..

User - posted on 10/15/2012

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I always asked myself if my son was gifted, he's 3yr old and can do addition putting numbers on the top and bottom he adds by counting on not using his fingers. He knows his multiplication tables up to 5, he writes stories on normal lined paper, and can read at a first grade level. He was slow to speak but has a large vocabulary now. I plan on homeschooling him through connections academy and while i know he is ahead, (his favorite tv show is monk, he says it is funny and he doesn't like dora, mickey mouse ect) i'm not concerned if he is gifted, I just want him to happy and love life.

Jamie - posted on 10/12/2012

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My son is 2 and is reading at a 2nd grade level. He has known his ABC's and numbers 1-100 since he was 12 months old. He is obsessed with letters and numbers! Now he says the alphabet in Spanish, French, and English forwards and backwards. He says his numbers 1 and up in English, Spanish, French, and Japanese. He taught us the Japanese after he watched a YouTube video on 1-20. He applied the rule of the language and figured out 21-99. We thought, "He can't possibly be right...." He was, we check on Google Translate. He is interested in every subject. In math, he was teaching his older cousin what a quadrilateral was, and that a diamond should really be called a rhombus. It is incredible, but a little scary. He also loves the states. He knows all the shapes by word, shape, or capital. All because of a place mat and a puzzle. He loves to learn. We are still trying to find out what to do for him, because he is definitely surpassing us in languages, and he has such a different way of learning things. I love this forum, because it is nice to know what other parents have tried. Thanks everyone!

Autumn - posted on 09/07/2012

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my almost three yer old can count to infinity,he reads college level words and understands them,when he was born we bought the your baby can read program and kept working with him,he loved it! and now he is in head start,he is working on 3rd grade math,but in head start he's not learning anything new,and no school will accept him because of his age

Pauline - posted on 09/05/2012

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my grandaughter is 23 months now but @ 17 months she could count to 10 to our amazment as no-one had taught her, we just heard her one day, so we thought that she must have memorized it from tv, only to discover that she actually also recognized the numbers, as one day the microwave was counting down and she was standing their saying 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1, well i was gob smacked, plus one day while out shopping she was finding shapes and saying what they are, also @ 21 months started with her abc same as the numbers, she knows them in order or mixed up, and most of all believe it or believe it not, she knows her left from her right, i'm in shock, what next!

Heidi - posted on 08/17/2012

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My son is 2. Can count in rote to 20. He can identify the numerals 0-10. He can tell you how many fingers in random order. He can count objects and tell how many. He will ask for a number of crackers, and know if he get the wrong number and give the extra back, or ask for more. He can do dot to dots up to 20. He recited and pointed to the numerals 10-1 backward. He understands what zero means.

He knew all the alphabet letters by 18 months. He now knows all the letters, upper lower and special case. He knows the sounds words that start with the letters. He spells words of signs. He can read 50+ words. He can read short books. He tries to sound out words (gets the sounds but doesn't always make words). He loves to turn letters around (or himself) and make other letters. ie.N,Z H,I, bdpq, etc.

He knows all the colors and shapes and can identify the basic color words. He can cut shapes. He can do 25 piece puzzles.

He went on a 75 foot zip line ( steeped off by himself) and wasn't scared. Frequently asks to do it again, if he sees someone wearing a helmet.

He is potty trained for wet, and is usually dry when he wakes in the morning. He has quit taking naps.

He is a full time job. He is demanding why, why, why, what does this say, let me do it!!! All day long. He is keeping us so busy we are hoping to get some ideas, and support.

User - posted on 08/03/2012

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Yes! My 2 1/2 yr counts to 20, and successfully sings his ABC's, knows every color & shape (also draws some too!) sings songs and any nursery rhyme he's introduced to!!! it truly is amazing what they are capable of at 2!!!!!

Elizabeth - posted on 07/14/2012

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My children are older now (10 and 8), but both could count at very early ages (well before two) and understand the concept of the numbers as well--not simply recite them by rote. I did not particularly try to teach either one this skill (or, for that matter, the letters/colors/time telling/actual reading, etc. that they also both knew while still before hitting that age.). They simply absorbed those things from books or the environment or something (as I had myself as a toddler.) In fact, because I had done the same, I didn't even know it was anything unusual until each started preschool at age two, and their teachers came to me both times in shock and delight over each one's special abilities).

To be clear, these are not your average children intellectually (though it doesn't mean they don't squabble and act just as silly at times as other kids, LOL!). But, for example, my son was actually making complex mental mathematical calculations by the time he turned two. I didn't even tell anyone at the time because they wouldn't have believed me, but sometimes he would do it in front of teachers or other parents (the latter were usually just stunned, but occasionally were surprisingly unpleasant, suggesting nasty things to explain away his gifts, such as my likely coaching the poor child day and night to somehow force him to learn to be so advanced!) By seven, not only was he reading at a high school level, but was also doing mental calculations, such as the powers of two into the millions, which I found scrawled across the backs of his pages of classwork one day "because he got bored". And recently, when he had just turned ten, he came in first in our entire state on a long diagnostic math test (which he just thought was "fun"). I should also clarify that when I say "first in the state", I mean his score was over three times higher than the previously long-held record high score, and was actually almost eight times higher than the earlier previously held record high score that had been established by a Middle School (they also, apparently, participate in this same exact test). He, by the way, never even mentioned it; it was only an email sent home from his raving teacher that alerted anyone to the fact that he had even taken a test at all!

I realize I have have gone on quite a bit about one child, and don't want to ramble much longer! But, to give my daughter her due, more than one teacher has said she was, not only the brightest in the class, but the brightest child they had ever seen. Her kindergarten teacher (a lovely woman in her 60's, who had been teaching for decades), described her as "the most intellectually extraordinary student she had ever seen in her entire career."

So...the extremely long answer I have given to your simply question is "yes--though no idea how high, yes, yes, and yes." BUT, the reason for the length was not simply to brag about my amazing children (not that I hate doing that, I admit, since I can't really anywhere else! LOL!), but, more importantly, to underscore that, just because my children could do those things and more, in no way means that other children must also be able to or there is something wrong. Most children cannot do most of these things and can still grow up to be smart, terrific students!

I believe in giving ALL children books and reading time and in answering their questions about everything and anything in as thorough and respectful a manner as possible. (Today, that meant I wound up suddenly having to explain to my eight year old all about the miscarriage I went through just months before her conception--and only, of course, because she had read something about "stillbirths and mishaps", as she put it (she is still only eight :-), and wanted to know if it had ever happened to me, and, then, when I replied that it had, every single detail about the "why's", the "how's" and everything imaginable in between!) That curiosity of mind is in all children, just in different ways, and I have always respected it. But I have never, ever pushed any sort of specific learning onto them. They will learn in their own good time if you simply talk to them and read to them--they don't normally need rote lessons in letters or numbers to do that, whether they are gifted or not. So, I'm not sure why you are asking (whether you are wondering because your child can or because s/he cannot), but it honestly doesn't much matter either way. As long as your child is healthy and curious (and, obviously has a caring mom!), s/he will turn out great and learn like crazy, but just at his or her own pace.

I really hope that was helpful, (and that I didn't completely put you to sleep by accidentally going on far, far longer than I meant to!!!) Best of luck to you and your little one, and enjoy this precious young age--they grow up in the blink of an eye!

Olivia - posted on 07/03/2012

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My little boy is turning 3 soon, and learned to count to 10 in French at 11 months and English at about 14 months. He only learned the concept of numbers at about 17 months though, which was when we first noticed that he would point to things and say 'two' or 'three'. Other than that it was simply remembering numbers.



Now he can do basic addition and subtraction and is learning the logic behind times tables.

J - posted on 06/29/2012

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She counts to 20, pointed out an octagon to her father - he looked all over - it was the stop sign! Knows all shapes - makes a "diamond" with her fingers, ALL colors - "My favorite color is PINK!" and has known all her numbers and alphabet since about 12 months. The other day she said she didn't like her broccoli because " It isn't tasty". Came back from Italy at 16 months and was pointing out statues to us here in Manhattan!

Karenda - posted on 06/20/2012

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@ Kristin - my daughter does the letter turning game too where she tells me what the letters are when turned sideways or upside down - I was amazed when she started doing that.

Lisa - posted on 06/19/2012

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Yes, my son who just turned two can count (I think) and knows 23 out of the 26 letters of the alphabet and can say the letters spontaneously. I often hear him singing the alpahbet song, sometimes starting in the middle. He loves to play on his I-Pad and loves spelling and counting games. Over the past couple weeks, I have heard him getting the correct answer on his counting game multiple times....not sure if it is just a coincidence or if he really can count. He also knows a lot of his shapes. He has a shape game on his I-pad and gets the shapes right most of the time. However, he has a language delay and is not saying the name of the shapes, but points them out when asked. He knows a lot of his colors, right now his favorite is orange. He points out everything that is orange, says the word, and signs it. He also knows blue and green (says the word and signs it), and signs white and black.

I am not certain that my son is "gifted", but he is pretty clever!! He likes to pull his foam letters out of his toy box and tell us what they are...I say he is clever becuase he will hold a capital N and say "N"...then he will turn it sideways and say "Z". He's definitely right! He will also hold up the letter "J" (with no line at the top), turn it upside down and say "r". I never realized that a J upside down is a lower case "r". He also does this with his lower case "d" (which is a "p" upside down), the H (which is an "I" when tilted the other way), and his W's (or M's). He is definitely teaching me!

Even though he seems pretty bright for his age, he does have a language delay (only says about 25-30 words, but knows a lot of sign language), so I am not sure if he would be considered "gifted", but I am glad I found this group. My son seems very similar to the kiddos mentioned above.

Toni - posted on 06/18/2012

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Thanks Karenda, thats what I consider gifted. I think kids can learn just about anything -
i'm just really interested in whose children are ;learning self directed and whose are parent directed

Karenda - posted on 06/18/2012

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My youngest could identify all the letters by 18 months and knew all the basic colors & shapes, as well as identify numbers up to 10. At about 20 months she could do 12 piece puzzles and has since moved on to 24 and 25 piece puzzles. Her current passion is puppets, she always has at least one on her hand and often falls asleep with a puppet on each hand - so cute.

Kristen - posted on 06/12/2012

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Oh and just a quick note, I did not 'choose' to teach my son how to read at 3 years old. He taught himself. His teaching my daughter is partly her wanting to learn, and partly him wanting to teach. and 100% my wanting to encourage their relationship.

Kristen - posted on 06/12/2012

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My 10 year old has been teaching my 2 year old how to spell simple words like 'cat' and 'mom' these days. He was reading at age 3 and is quite advanced, though testing for giftedness doesn't happen until next year at school (which is too late imo). It really looks like my daughter is not far behind my son in terms of what she can do at 2 that he could also do at her age.

Toni - posted on 06/09/2012

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Thanks Alison, btw I didn't want to offend anyone with my post - I know there are some genuinely gifted kids out their who gobble up every skerrit of info out there, I see it with my highly gifted nephew, I am just very curious as the violin, language lessons etc were they requested by child orparent. I think it's great to encourage children to explore their interests, just wondering is all. I'm fairly new to this and every day I wonder if my kid is good ole normal with bright days, or operating at a level twice her age like the test we did says and I'm just not seeing it.

Toni - posted on 06/09/2012

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wow I feel like I'm really dropping the ball with my LO, other than incidental talking and stories/tv we haven't taught her anything but she knows her colours (she'll point at a car and say red car for eg) but I haven't introduced the concept of bright pink/ turquoise etc! She can count to 10 if she is pointing at a group of objects but not by rote, she has just started counting groups of things and has fun saying 1-5 while pointing at groups of things while we are shopping. I don't think it's necessary for her to read or know her alphabet at 25 months so I haven't bothered but she points to letters wanting to know what they are all the time and loves to yell out O, P B etc when she sees them. She has about 6 letters. Shapes I found out she knew by asking if she could show me where the square etc was and she did. I haven't done trapezium etc though lol. We found out through a volunteer program we are in that she is ahead with visual comprehension so for her it makes sense she can see the number 2 and say it as well as count the objects, and the other stuff but not repeat things by rote. I am not accusing anybody of anything but I would be curious as to which of the posters here have spent a great deal of time hothousing their kids compared with just letting nature take its course. At the end of the day what benefit does your 2 yo get from knowing all this stuff, I would much rather mine played with her toys or didn't have a fit when she got paint on her hand etc,

User - posted on 04/26/2012

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My son is turning 3 in june so im going to start teaching him mandarin for his other language..

Sofia - posted on 04/25/2012

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About 2.5 he new all his shapes - colours and alphabet (greek - english) and could count over 1000 in Greek, English and Spanish a little over 100, japanese up to 20. Around 8 months old I realized he loved kid songs with numbers and I bought him little wooden ones to play with too. As he was watching the numbers on the screen he would make the same number with the little wooden ones and say it out loud. This was a game to him, he loved it...Around four he started having a little more interest in the alphabet and trying to read. He is now six, first grade, (we live in Greece and we don't skip classes here no matter what brain you have) Even though he gets bored in class sometimes (the teacher gives him extra stuff to do at least) he loves being around children his age, still struggling with his social skills but he is getting better everyday!

Terri - posted on 04/18/2012

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That is very helpful thank you. The pediatrician told us the same about my 2 year old, so its nice to hear about someone who has been through that.

Terri - posted on 04/18/2012

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Yes, my two year old son can count to 10 in spanish and english. We are not spanish, we have just said the numbers in spanish a few times and he picked it up. He also knows his entire alphabet in and out of order and can tell you what any letter is when you write one out for him along with what starts with that letter. He can spell his name and knows all his shapes including trapezoid, octagon, hexagon, and even knows some geometry such as right angles, and 90 degree angles and the days of the week. He stays home with me and his little brother so I do work with him on this stuff on occasion. Again, we don't push him to learn these things we just may have mentioned some of these things once and he takes off, he just loves learning. He also knows all his colors and what letter those colors start with. At first my husband and I thought that most of this was normal for his age as he is our first and we have another baby boy that is only 10 months. How typical is this? His doctor mentioned that he may be ahead and suggested that he may be ahead and is testing at a pre-k level but again I don't know much about this. Only thing is, he isn't interested in using the potty. He knows when he needs to use it and tells us but then doesn't want to sit on the potty!

Sarah - posted on 03/29/2012

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yes my two year old can count to 20 and can show me how many it is using small building blocks, he knows his shapes including octagons, pentagon,hexagon ect (he can pick them out when mixed up). He knows colours and shades, upper case and lower case letters and can spell his (Gabriel), and other easy words mom, dad,car ect. He can read simple books. But i believe my son maybe the 1 out of 500,000 highly gifted children. :) He can also play violin.. and can write his letters.

Jenny - posted on 02/08/2012

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My son could count to 10 at 2, but as a previous poster said, I'm not sure whether he actually comprehended what each number meant. At 3 1/2 he can almost count to 20, and I know he knows what each number means and he also knows most single digit numbers by sight.

Kristeen - posted on 02/06/2012

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At 2 my eldest son could count to 20 in English and German, he could recite & write the alphabet. Knew his colours, could tell you what colours to mix together to get other colours. Knew shapes, and could point out numbers letters & some words on signs. He could also write his name & Mum & Dad, to & from. Loved puzzles. He could also recite some favourite stories as I read them to him, & sang along with many many songs. He is now 12, has been labelled "gifted" and attends a special class. Does that help?

Cheryl - posted on 02/05/2012

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My daughter has been able to count to 20 just before she was 2 1/2. She counts things in books, counts on her fingers, counts snacks etc. She will even tell you how much something costs at the store.

She has known the alphabet since she was 18 months. At stores she would point out letters, or even look at parking lines and say "T" or "L". She was very into labeling them back then. Now at almost 3 she is writing her name and drawing pretty realistic pictures.

She knew all her colors by 2.

Jill - posted on 02/04/2012

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My daughter could count to 10+, knew all her colors including turquoise and hot pink, all of her shapes and could recite and recognize all the letters in the alphabet at 19 months...while I know she is advanced, I'm not so sure about "gifted"!! We shall see as she gets older and in school...she is 2 years and 9 months now, is spelling, sounding out and writing words, and is using words like "impossible" in the correct manner (just tonight she said "it's impossible for food to talk")...I would say just enjoy your little one and encourage (not push) what they are interested in learning!! :)

Anna - posted on 01/31/2012

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My daughter just turned 2 this month and can count to 14 she can also seperate things and tell us how many there are she knows all her colors and the whole alphabet, we dont work with her on those things much. I was really strict about tv but lately she has been watching Dora and an abc elmo and thats where she learned to count and say her abcs.

Alison - posted on 12/18/2010

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Does it really matter is the main question! As long as your child is happy and stretched academically. My middle son was very good with numbers, could do a 50 piece double sided jigsaw 10 days after being bought it for his 2nd birthday and knew that if i took 2 counters from the pile of 10 there were 8 left without counting them when he was 2 and a half. He wasn't so good at reading and colouring as his older brother so we did those things more. He went to a main stream local school where there were other bright kids and all we did was encourage him in what he liked, there was no need for special tests or classes - he was good and we accepted that. Through High School he achieved well and always made top sets - no extra help required. Now he's at a top British University studying Chemistry. Celebrate your child being bright, don't see it as a problem! If they're bored give them something they don't excel already at - music, sport, painting etc so that they can grow to be a well rounded individual and enjoy the fact that you don't have to worry about how they're doing academically.

Cristy - posted on 12/16/2010

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Hi! I'm new to this site but while reading through this post, I wanted to share somethings that may help. My son is now 7, my daughter 6. I can totally relate! I'm glad to find this site because it's not an issue that is easily brought up at play groups, etc...





Three years ago, my son's preschool teacher approached us to have our son tested for IQ. After tons of research, I ended up finding a "high intelligence" specialist (phd) to do the testing. It was eye opening to not only find out his IQ, BUT what to expect, what to pursue, pitfalls, behavior, etc. Anyway, it helped having an outside opinion BEFORE approaching the school (as different districts have different ideas about what qualifies, etc). This specialist was awesome, but based Minnesota (where we were during the testing). Now we are in CA and I've been going crazy trying to find support or a "beacon" for school navigation, social questions, parenting advice for gifted issues. I recently found out this specialist (Dr. Deborah Ruf) has implemented an online assessment... this has been amazing for me as I needed to test my second child as well, but really did not want to pay again for all of the testing (typically an evaluation can be $300 plus additional for results meeting and consultation). What I found out by trying it, is that this online tool is not only an IQ finder but help for BEYOND the results. It doesn't just give the IQ, but also which level of giftedness - because kids are so different, even in their giftedness. The website is

http://talentigniter.com/

I believe the fee is about $60, which is a great deal for the amount of information I can continue to access. The parent fills out the online form (like the background history I initially filled out for her during formal testing) and then you get general IQ brackets... it's nice that it's not a huge investment BUT what I really like is that once you do that assessment, you become part of her circle where you get a free monthly newsletter which has so many things I would have never thought about... recommended reading links, current gifted article links, advice, topics like starting kids in school early or home school, things to do, places to plug in. For me, this has been invaluable as I'm finding it difficult to navigate the school years... there is always something new and there aren't many people around to really talk to about this. What I DO know is that I knew her for three years while I was in Minnesota and she is well known in the gifted community, an author of a great book (I think "5 Levels of Gifted") and most importantly, really cares about the child as a whole ... not just right now, but looking ahead what will have the best impact. What really had me trust her was when she said although he is far ahead, skipping one grade is fine, but typically no more than that so that he can grow up and experience life with his age peers... driver's license, prom, first kiss.... all the things so important to development of well adjusted people.



Having a gifted child is definitely a challenge, but a really good challenge. My son entered school one year early, is in 3rd now... it is truly a challenge every day... but it's worth it... the things they say, right? Out of the mouth of babes... sometimes something REALLY quite extraordinary!

Felicity - posted on 12/14/2010

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i dont htink that my childrena re gifted just reasonably bright. dd1 is very similar in abilities to to youngest sister who was on the gifted and talented register at school but dds school dont do that and compaired to what alot of the children on here can do they certainly arnt!
i did an iq test when i was at college and i came out as just into the gifted bracket (although again i wouldnt say i was gifted just fairly bright).

i dont hink that its good to lable children any way and if it sets them apart from their friends i know taht my dd would hate it. i remember last year when she was in reception (we are in uk) her teacher wanted her to do some extra work with the older children as she was the best reader and she completely refused to do it as her best friend wasnt doing it.
this year as its a small school and they split the yr1 class, the few brightest go up with year2 and the rest stay with recption she is doing the same work as the year above but in the same class as her best friends and she loves it.

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It depends on the area where you live. In our area, the school district uses an IQ test along with an interview in which they look for various traits and patterns.

My son was labeled "gifted" but I think it is more of a fluke b/c I was also labeled gifted as a child, and I am not truly gifted.

The Montessori School where J did summer programs was the first to test him. They gave him the verbal test when he was about to turn 3, and he came out as "bright". Then his teacher said that she knew he could read, so they gave him the written one that the school district uses, which is designed for 2nd graders to apply for the Challenge program (which is our "gifted program" in the public school system). On the written test, he scored in the "gifted" brackets b/c it involved a lot of drawing and patterns which he is very good at.

I don't really know how accurate the testing could be, and I hate the labels. I think it is best to just find a curriculum that works well for your child.....something I am having quite a hard time with at the moment.

Umm - posted on 12/13/2010

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How can we know the difference between gifted and bright kids? is there a way to analyze it?

Felicity - posted on 12/13/2010

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my daughters could/can count to about 20 and understand what that mean in relation to objects at 2. my 2 year old can spell her name if you give her the letters and make an almost readable attempt at writing it. her sister could do this too. i never taught them many letters before they started school justthe ones in theor names and the most common ones. My 5 year old started school being able to read simple phonetic words.

At two they also knew all their colours and shapes and could draw reconizable people.



my children are not gifted just quite bright and enjoy learning.

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Jake is 6 now, but he could count very well when he was 2. He didn't really just count often, but he could add numbers up to about 200 (he got confused adding 3 digit numbers, but it never phased him when the sum was 3 digits...odd). He knew his shapes, colors, and alphabet. He was reading short sentences, but he got distracted quickly and didn't really pick up reading until he was 3.



He is not "gifted" he is just "exceptionally bright" though. I am still trying to find a balance with his curriculum at school....:(

Umm - posted on 12/09/2010

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my daughter is 22 months old. she recognizes and also counts from 1 to 10 out of memory. She knows all the alphabets and read them loud when shown. she knows few shapes and colors.

Barbara - posted on 12/09/2010

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I have to reply also. Everyone told me my son was only counting randomly and didn't understand the concept. I got a parents as teachers coach when he was almost 2 yrs. On the first visit, she brought "age appropriate" toys and had dismissed what I had told her about him being "advanced". She learned quickly, thank goodness, and began bringing items more appropriate for the 4-5 yr old range. Yes he knew his colors, and could tell me which color he wanted to use without looking. I would then display up to 5 crayons and he would pick up the color that he had requested. At age 3 he could read a limited number of words, but not just small words like dog and cat. And he astounded me daily by picking up new words from his environment. These are not memorized words from one place when the child can still read these words when presented from different sources.

I know that many parents believe that their child is girfted when they are not. (What parent doesn't want to believe that their child is special, and I believe that every cild is gifted with something!!!) But there are some children out there that are trully gifted.

Flavia - posted on 12/07/2010

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many children can verbally recite numbers, this doesn't meant they understand the concept of each number and how many items it stands for. The same applies to colors and shapes and the alphabet, if they can recognize random letters and colors and shapes then they do know them. Can they pick out a square, or a circle ?
Most children can recite the numbers up to at least 10 but this is meaningless to them usually

Kathy - posted on 12/07/2010

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Yes they can. you wil lbe amazed at what a 2 yr old can do. My grandaughter is now six but at the age of 2 was able to count to 10 in spanish and new most of her colors in english and spanish. She learned a lot from the day care she attended. she coudl also count to 10 in English.

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