ahead of the curve?

Meaghan - posted on 01/03/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )

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How do I know if my child is ahead of the curve in learning? I may be biased but i feel like she's smarter than some. Maybe its just her verbal skills but she's saying "triangle" "square" "star" "cookie" and so on. She's a really good listener when we're telling her new words. She's 21 months old. Just curious

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Amy - posted on 01/04/2011

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My son's like that too. Knows his colors and shapes. He'll be 2 on april 5th 2011 so he's..21 months also. Says his pleases, thank yous, asks 'more cheese please'. I can really understand him well. I think children just develop differently. My nephew is 6 weeks older than my son and only says two words. My son can say understandable sentences. I just think we all talk so much and he just pays attention. I think the amount of time you spend teaching them, the easier and the more they learn. If they're not talked to/with much then they are less likely to learn as well. I don't know if you could look up developmental tests. I know they should use 2-4 word sentences by age 2, pretend, follow instructions, stack blocks, stuff like that. My daughter had to take tests like this since she was born with a hole in her heart. She always tested ahead.

Sarah - posted on 01/03/2011

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Personally I would not worry about it. She might or might not be, but really that is not going to change how you raise or teach her. You are still going to keep encouraging her to learn and try to teach her new things. When they are young someone that is behind the curve can become ahead of the curve and vise versa....there is so much they are learning and absorbing that some kids sit back and take it all in and then all of a sudden one day explode with all this knowledge you never knew they had where as others are showing you what they learn each day, but then as things get more complicated they sit back and need that time to absorb it. In general girls tend to be faster talkers, readers, and writers then boys. Boys tend to be quicker at math and science and many hands on things.

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Mary - posted on 01/11/2011

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I agree with Rebecca...kids are all over the place in their development at this stage, and it's not always indicative of future intelligence. My two year-old is also fairly advanced verbally; she was speaking in (short) sentences by her first birthday, and at 25 months, has a huge vocabulary, which seems to impress almost everyone we encounter, including her ped. Is she a genius? I guess she could be, but we'll wait and see what happens down the line. It's not exactly shocking to me that she's so verbal...I was at her age, and still am - and while I'm fairly intelligent, I'm by no means an Einstein.

Erin - posted on 01/10/2011

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And the real answer is : of course, she's your super talented adored child, that puts her ahead of the game from the outset!!! Seriously though, I think for the most part the range of language abilities etc sort of evens out (my 1st born was a super early talker but she doesn't sound too different from her peers now) but having parents who are tuned to their kids natural interests and encourages them sets them apart. I found some really interesting reading on play schemas (google it!) basically theories about how kids play reflects their learning about the world gave me some great ideas about experiences and play equipment eto provide. I think the real learning at this age is not just that rote learning (colours, numbers etc) but the theories their play helps them develop.

Claudette - posted on 01/07/2011

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I would say let her be. Sounds like her verbal skills are great because you are taking the time to talk to her like a person and not a baby with the goo-goo ga-ga stuff. Her time to flourist is fast approaching. My oldest was like this and is now in 2nd grade and doing just fine. Just keep her stimulated.

Jennifer - posted on 01/06/2011

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My son is the same...I would just keep doing what you are doing and see whats said when she starts school. its hard to tell as some kids are really quick in some things and slower in others.

Amy - posted on 01/04/2011

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I will tell you this, most children who are our children's age -21 months, I don't often see skills like we're listing. Not sure the reasoning why. Most of them I know though are sent to sitters and are still using a pacifier all day. And I don't think that helps them. I DO think your little one is ahead of the game, though.

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Kids tend to be all over the place in their development -- ahead in some areas, behind in others. Strong verbal skills in an almost 2 year old girl isn't surprising.

Meaghan - posted on 01/04/2011

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Thank you ladies. I appreciate what you've said. I'm not really trying to prove or boast about where my daughter is at I'm just really impressed. I myself was a preme when i was born so I feel that my daughter is "super" smart . however by no means do i want to change or speed up the development of how she learns I just wanted feedback and see who or how other kids were growing on here. Thanks again :)

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