I work on things at home and they work on them at day care. He knows how to count, consitently to 7 but he knows to 10 easily, colours and we are working on the whole alphabet. The problem is he is so stubborn and even day care says he knows more than he shows. With counting especially I get him to count things as we are out and about like how many stairs etc, it's never accurate but it gets him cpounting, same with colours.
Addy knows all of her colors, can count to the high teens (and is pretty good at actually counting objects, although sometimes she keeps going too far, lol), knows basic shapes, can sing the whole alphabet by herself, and can identify some written letters (A, B, O, I, and X she's solid on...others like M and C I think she has, but they are fuzzier) We do work on stuff like that a lot, but not really in a formal way, we've just always tried to work it in when we're out and about and doing things with her. You know, like saying "let's put on your purple shirt now" while getting dressed or "Let's get three tomatoes...one, two three", ever since she was tiny.
Her school does work on that stuff too (they're more like a preschool than a daycare) but since she's one of the oldest in her class, she's often already pretty solid on what they're learning--I don't mind, though, since I'm sure it helps solidify the concepts anyway.
We've been working on counting, but the kid refuses to let me go past 4. He ignores me if we go past it or tells me no. lol
Not bothering with letters and shapes right now because I figure we should work on basic communication first. I do point out shapes on his puzzles, cookie cutters with play dough fun, etc but he doesn't really care.
We are working on colors in the bathtub with his bath crayons (kids LOVES to color). ("This crayon is blue! I made the tree blue!") Interesting article about colors: Why Johnny Can't Name His Colors: Scientific American
I have tons of ideas for fun learning, but have realized that with Zoe coming and with Aiden's interests not being communication that I have to approach learning differently than what I was envisioning for this age. I spend a lot of time just using simple point blank language for things I'm not hearing words for. For things he does have words for (car, airplane, boat - transportation stuff) I use words to describe what we're doing as we play. Aiden never ceases to surprise me with what all he can do motor skills wise - which is also very important to be working on at this age. I'm sure once we get him communicating he'll take off with learning letters, shapes, numbers, etc as long as it's play based learning with something physical going on. lol
Wow. Lyla doesn't know any of that. She tries to count but usually messes it up and does 2, 4, 6 when she means 1, 2, 3. She doesn't know any of her alphabet. I've tried teaching her all that stuff including colors but she has no interest in it at all. I haven't done anything formal but we have foam letters and numbers in various colors for the bath tub (the stick to the side of the tub when wet) and I use those to try to get her to learn during her bath. I always talk about what color her clothes are when I get her dressed etc. I don't think it's a matter of her intelligence as much as my inability as a teacher.
I do lots of Ronin's learning while he is toileting. I have counting books, alphabet books etc that we go through, we sing songs, count, look at colours., I have a captive audience at those times so take advantage oif it
I think it has a lot more to do with individual readiness to learn different things and different learning styles. A lot of kids don't seem to be learning or even paying attention, and then suddenly bust out with crazy knowledge later on (like one of my nieces would NOT. SIT. and listen to books, she'd be bouncing all around the room, talking and totally not seeming to pay attention. They wouldn't have bothered reading to her at all, but she had a older brother who loved being read to, so she'd be in the room while they were reading to him. Turns out that she had nearly every book practically memorized...she was listening and taking it all in. She just wasn't showing it.) Don't despair--most of the discrepancies in early learning even out by school age. From what you guys have said, Lyla and Aiden are not slow in any way--they're just super kinetic and focusing more on physical learning first.
He counts 1-10. He knows most of alphabet but skips a few throughout. He solidly knows a few shapes..and a few colors. He doesn't attend daycare. Here we read daily. A few times a week we do something sensory like paint..playdoh..etc. we also do flash cards. We incorporate counting and colors in everything we do daily. It really helped with his counting but colors not so much. An app taught him the majority of animals and the sounds they make..
Well, I got lucky--I used to work in children's publishing and kept all my old samples so I had a ton just from that! And I had some of my old books from childhood too (although a lot were lost in a flood )
For buying books, we have a really great used bookstore here where you can trade in old stuff (including DVDs, electronics, even some housewares) and get credit to use at the store. I used to work there and we always bring our stuff there when we're cleaning out so we have literally hundreds of dollars in credit there. Since the books are used and half price anyway...that buys a lot of books with fake money! If we didn't have that, I'd just buy books at thrift stores, regular used bookstores, library booksales, etc., and maybe a few nice new ones at holidays. Yes, they are expensive!
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