My daughter turns two years old this Saturday. I’ve been fascinated to watch how she learns, particularly compared to her peers. For example, my daughter understands many feelings, is extremely verbal and is very good with names. However, she gets colors confused, only counts to three and can’t even begin to identify any letters. Some of her friends are just the opposite; they know their basic colors, do some counting and can identify many letters but aren’t nearly as verbal and don’t identify feelings. I don’t say this to compare who’s ahead or behind, but to merely point out the differences in learning styles. It’s just interesting to see what each child picks up on first.
All that to say, she has completely blown me away today. This afternoon, out of the blue, she played her fridge phonics (which sings the alphabet) and sang along with it. All 26 letters. At least five or six times in a row! When her dad put her to bed tonight, I hear her over the monitor start saying her alphabet. She made it all the way to V, at which point she stopped and applauded. The majority of the letters were pronounced correctly, with just a few that sounded a bit off. Then she proceeded to recite her numbers from 1 to 10. Now, I don’t know if this is a fluke or if she’ll ever do it upon request, but I know she’s learning and that’s amazing. . .
Photo: Ta-da! (2007)