“Oh, right. I keep forgetting that she’s only 2. I keep thinking she’s 3. She acts and talks like a 3 year old, you know that Right?!”
Those were the words that came from our pediatrician just a couple of weeks ago at Justice & Evan’s yearly well child checks.
Evan’s right on track and doing great.
Justice, however, is meeting many of the 3 year milestones. She just turned 2 the end of November. Watching the pediatrician observe her was rather entertaining. He had a moderate look of surprise with a smile the entire time. At one point, he started to tell me that she hadn’t grown very much and was still rather small for her age when he then had to again remind himself that she was only 2 and growth wise was right on track. LOL
I told him that she amazes us on a daily basis and is just sooooo much fun! Her increasing vocabulary leaves us in wonder and the rate with which she’s learning new skills is sometimes mind-blowing.
She knows all of her colors. In English and Spanish (although brown and purple in spanish get mixed up as they’re quite close). She knows all the basic shapes (square, rectangle, triangle, circle, oval, heart, star, and diamond). She recognizes almost all 26 letters according to words that start with them and is very quickly picking up their names too. She’s learning the ABC song and wants it sung daily. She knows 1-10 in both English and Spanish and can count up to 5 correctly in both. After 5 it gets a little mixed up but she’s working on it! She can draw a line and a circle and we’re working on squares. She knows her name, age, and sex. She identifies the sex of pretty much everything she sees, human and animal (stuffed and real). She pretends with her stuffed animals/toys. They eat and go potty, color, and need chapstick, etc… She’s working on undressing herself (thankfully not in public yet!). She very much wants to learn how to tie. I think that one’s going to take quite a while as her dexterity isn’t quite there yet, but she’s definitely working on it. She’s an avid “reader” too! Girl loves her books!
She’s just so wonderful and fun!
I’m definitely supporting and encouraging her quest for learning. As part of that I’ve made some learning tools for her. I went to Hobby Lobby and got some poster board. I bought 1 big poster board and a pack of 5 smaller ones. And this is what I’ve done with them…
One of her favorite spots in the house now
I’m certainly no artist but they suffice.
We sit here in the hallway at least once a day and go through all the boards. She’ll come to me “B C’s mama” “B C song mama” “Walk me B C’s mom” and off we go to sing and learn. It’s so great. And helping her learn is SO easy. I mean come on…some poster board and markers. That’s all it takes! Can’t get much better than that. I spent less than $3 for the poster board. Done! And the pure joy that’s in her voice and on her face is absolutely priceless. She loves learning and you know what?? I LOVE teaching her!
I hope that this has inspired you to take the business of teaching your kids into your own hands! You can give them an amazing start. Whether they go on to public, private, or homeschool. Whether you work in or outside of the house. Whether they go to daycare or spend their days destroying their own home. You can invest in your kids…and with little to no monetary investment. So please…do so! It’s more reward than you can ever imagine.
Thrilled to be teaching,