happy 4th!!

Happy Fourth of July (for all the Americans)!

Other than that, I don’t even know what to say regarding my lack of blogging.

How about my life is cra-zy trying to keep up with my kid.

Example?

Kellan is counting to TWENTY.

Yes.

You read that correctly.

No typo.

He’s 16.5 months old and can count.

To twenty.

Zero prompting other than to ask him to count and to say, “what comes after X (if he stalls).” He skips a few numbers in the teens now and again, but I’m guessing that will not be the case for long.

We are trying to figure out what to do once he is old enough for school…proooobably will need some guidance from someone as we get closer, especially if he continues to pick up other things as quickly as counting.

I’m not saying this to be all, “Look how awesome MY child is!”

I’m saying it because OMG. Is there someone out there who A: reads my blog and B: had a child like this?

And C: What did you do to keep them…not bored?

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2 Responses to “happy 4th!!”


  1. 1 Jen July 4, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    that’s amazing that he can count to 20!

  2. 2 Mrs Loquacious July 4, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    A lot of kiddos, mine included, tend to rote-memorize at this point in time. Like, words to books, and numbers, and names and sounds of animals. When they’re young, that is how they “learn” and acquire language; they memorize. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always translate into true understanding. People who swear that their 2-year-old can read books are often mistaken because their kid could probably “read” that book even if it wasn’t in front of them; they’ve got it in their head already.

    So, to help Kellan stay challenged, it’s more about helping him to understand concepts like numbers, and then apply that understanding to novel situations. One biggie that kids learn at age 5-6 (and for some, earlier) is one-to-one correspondence. That is, that each number value corresponds to one of that object. Another biggie is to understand that numbers are symbols that represent a value, and numbers always go in sequence. Also, that numbers always start at 0, 1… but if there are already 4 of something, then you start counting at 4. Once they get those ideas, then they can look at comparisons (bigger than, more than, less than, smaller than) followed by representing values (“show me eleven blocks”) in one group and in two groups (“show me eleven blocks in two piles” e.g. 6 + 5).

    I’m sure you weren’t quite looking for me to leave a comment quite like this ;) My point is, there is plenty to keep him engaged. I would suggest (and I plan to do this myself) looking up your state’s curriculum for kindergarten and getting familiar with the learning objectives for numeracy, literacy, etc. Then start him early (as he shows readiness) so that he is more than prepared for kindergarten. If Little L ends up as precocious as we suspect she might be, then we will be doing this for every grade a year early, to ensure that she is challenged even if school ends up not being challenging for her!


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