Thank goodness my kid isn't the only one that doens't know a lot. It seems I hear these amazing stories of kids her age knowing so much that I'm really worried about it. Daycare does read to her a lot but thats about it. It's not a classroom setting at all. Next year she can start preschool there for 2 days a week though.
She does know star, purple(most of the time) but that's about it. She will sometime count 1,2,3 but usually just 1,2, jump.
Justine- I got a lot of Madisons books at Goodwill and at auctions.
It's so hilarious to me that purple seems to be a near-universal first color!
I wouldn't worry at all, Molly! Kids are all over the place at this age, and it means nothing in long term outcomes. It's nice to be able to communicate, but that's about all. Preschool does have a big impact on school readiness, which does have long term outcomes, but none of us are there yet.
I really like what Leigh said on page one. I totally agree that at this age its totally more about what your LO is into and ready for on their own regardless of how much 'stuff' you try to throw at them. They are all ready at their own pace and in their own time. And just because they aren't showing that they are absorbing it doesn't mean that they aren't soaking it all in.
Odin lives in a preschool and has since birth so we don't really to extra exposure beyond his daily stuff. He is exposed to a ton. He can count out loud and objects to three. Knows how to say a few random letters here and there without any context. He is actually more into letter sounds right now, again out of context. He will pick up a color if you say "go get the green ball" but doesn't really label things with colors. He has high interest in books and labeling animals but no interest in making animal sounds (lol). He is kinda all over the place but I know when he is ready will have already absorbed a ton. I have noticed he is really amazing with his fine motor control and can cut paper and build with his brother's really tiny lego already. Both things which DS1 could in no way do at this point. He is also very verbal and talks a ton about everything.
Joy, he uses scissors? I've been tempted to get a pair of cuts paper only scissors for Aiden because he shows an interest in cutting when I'm doing my crafty stuff. He's so into art stuff and fine motor skills, but everything I read says over 3. :p
Evan knows his numbers to 10, although he loves to skip 9. He can say some of the alphabet, but not the whole thing. He does recognize most, if not all of his letters. He will see words somewhere and read the letters. We also have the letter/number magnet set for the refrigerator, he says what they are. He does his basic colors and several shapes. The kid knows hexagon and can tell apart an oval from a circle. Crazy. We have not even come close to attempting to use scissors. I'm a chicken!!
I think most age recommendations are pretty conservative, and a lot more CYA statements by the company than one size fits all truths. If you know your kid and you think he'd do well with them, I say give it a closely supervised try!
Jackie if he can figure out doors I bet he'll do okay with scissors.
:ROFL: True. I'll use my Michael's coupon later today to pick up a pair. Worth a try!
Originally Posted by redneckgirl82884
He could totally do scissors I bet Jackie.
Seriously if you are a little scissor shy I highly recommend these kind first...
Amazon.com: Fiskars 93907097 Pre-School Spring Action Scissors, Color may vary: Arts, Crafts & Sewing
Odin started with them at around 14 months and I always have my preschoolers start with these if they have had zero exposure to scissor use. After a little while they get the idea of opening the scissors back up after each cut. Odin used/usues a pair of fiskar scissors, blunt tip, metal blades with no problem and has for a while. Also 1/4 to 1/2 inch strips of good paper is awesome for them to practice on. Basically just snipping and making toddler confetti.
Ethan is very advanced in his fine motor skills and used scissors at 2 years old. He was very much like Aiden I think, very gross/fine motor and learning by doing. We just did a TON of sensory activities and art. I'd work on colors while pasting different colored paper to each other etc. Olivia totally can't use scissors and isn't advanced in fine motor. However, Ethan barely talked at 2 and Olivia speaks in sentences a ton. Her newest word is "bumpy" - came out with that one when we were driving home yesterday!
Originally Posted by alwayssmile
Olivia knows all the basic colors. She counts from 1-3 and then skips around with numbers after that. She can identify is she has one or two of something but not 3 or above. She doesn't know any of her letters but considering I'm struggling with teaching Ethan that I'm not surprised! She has some shapes - circle, star, heart. She's very much into animals and knows obscure ones like flamingo, polar bear, alligator and such. She can sing words to some songs enough that you know what she's singing. She's getting better with fine motor like building blocks, using a marker etc. She is also improving on her gross motor and can finally climb into chairs! :)
It's really amazing how much they are all different! I also agree with the fact that just keep exposing them and they will learn eventually. Using their favorite things is also a great trick. Teaching colors of animals if they are into animals for example! Using blocks to count if they like to build.
We buy books at used book stores, Scholastic Book club (through daycare), and Savers also has books if you have that store.