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I know everyone says their child is intelligent......BUT...

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oliveoil Thu 21-Jul-05 11:08:21

.....mine is .

She is 2 and 9 months and a few months ago we got a box of fairy stories. Read all of them ad nausem but have stuck on Jack and the Beanstalk for ages.

However, last night she picked out Puss in Boots, and proceeded to 'read' it out to me. She remembered most of the info from every page - even mentioning The Duke of Carabas!!! - and said 'Ogre grrrrrrrr'.

Do I have a budding Einstein or what?

<puffs out chest>

marne Thu 21-Jul-05 11:18:11

sounds like you have a Einstein, what a clever girl. My dd is only 17 months and she can count to 5, i hope to have her reading before school at least then they have a head start. Well done olive oil, you must be so proud.

oliveoil Thu 21-Jul-05 11:19:14

Well done on the couting, mine says 1,2,4,9 and then beams, bless. Have to work on the maths.


QueenEagle Thu 21-Jul-05 11:20:36

It definitely appears your dd has an aptitude for reading. Much like my own dd who was reading fluently by the age of 3. She was tested at 4 and had a reading age of 7.8yrs. >also puffs out chest<

Give her every opportunity to read and take her to the library. My dd is nearly 14 now and always has her head stuck in a book and has a definite flair for English, especially poetry.

suzywong Thu 21-Jul-05 11:20:38

mine goes to William Hill and places trifectors

expatinscotland Thu 21-Jul-05 11:21:47

My mom's best friend never said a word till she was 3. Barely finished high school. Failed algebra three times. Got pregnant at 17 and married the bloke and had two kids by age 19.

She got her PhD in neuropsychology at 45. At 58, she's now the head of the psychology department at George Washington University in the US.

pouchofdouglas Thu 21-Jul-05 11:22:35

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oliveoil Thu 21-Jul-05 11:22:50

What's a trifector? And should you be proud?.

I was a bookworm when little, still am (fat chance ho ho ho) so maybe it is hereditory.

expatinscotland Thu 21-Jul-05 11:24:10

I read and spoke from an early age. Did incredibly well in school and university. I'm a total pleb.

pouchofdouglas Thu 21-Jul-05 11:24:43

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QueenEagle Thu 21-Jul-05 11:26:31

oliveoil - me too, still have my head stuck in a book at every opportunity, much to annoynace of dh who can't get a word out of me. Which must mean that actually I am a pleb too!

expatinscotland Thu 21-Jul-05 11:28:58

I'm a serious pleb! I read nonstop. I stayed up till 1AM reading yet another book. It's a good thing I'm a pleb for a living, so my mind isn't too taxed from doing something other than reading.

CountessDracula Thu 21-Jul-05 11:30:25

oh yes mine does this too. And makes up incredibly long and intricate stories of her own! She can also count to 20 and recognises almost all letters. If I spell a work out she is starting to recognise which is very annoying (the other day it was OMG I think we have left B-E-A-R somewhere, she was immeidatley "where is my bear, where have you left him"! She is also 2.9

Some kids can do maths O level aged 3 though so doubt we have geniuses on our hands, just inquisitive children!

teeavee Thu 21-Jul-05 11:31:53

lol expat
I too was an early reader - at the tender age of 4, my granddad used to make me read the North Wales Daily Post aloud to anyone who came 'round, then something in Welsh to show how amazingly bilingual I was!
It is perfectly true, but my dp refuses to believe me.
my parents were teachers though - think that helps

I am now trying to interest my 1 year old ds in books too, in the hope that he follows in my illustruous footsteps

brag brag brag...he's currently perusing Julius Ceasar (only joking)

saadia Thu 21-Jul-05 11:34:54

My ds has also memorised lots of his stories and reads them to us. The funny thing is when he tries to read actual words he sounds out for example g-r-o-a-n and says "cat" so obviously has not made the connection.

oliveoil Thu 21-Jul-05 11:38:05

CD - LOL, we do baths every other night and we sometimes say 'is it B-A-T-H night?' and she says 'no wash my hair' and runs off!

I was just amazed at the Duke of Carabas bit, it's hardly normal conversation is it?

bran Thu 21-Jul-05 11:38:15

I was early with reading and arithmatic, I could read and add and subtract by the time I started school at 4 1/2 yrs. I've been distinctly average ever since though, and my brain function has been decreasing rapidly since I got ds. I wouldn't start planning just yet to retire on the fortune your genius child is going to make.

GhostofNatt Thu 21-Jul-05 11:50:56

DP and I both read at 3 and the boys (3 and 4 and1/2) show v few signs of wanting to read (tho DS1 will memorise a book and then "read" it). have a fantsay they won't be all hung up on exams like DP and I were and will do lovely creative jobs they like not swotty jobs like me and DP (or maybe this is just me rationalising their lack of literacy).

northerner Thu 21-Jul-05 11:52:15

My ds is 3.3 and can't do any of these things He can however perform amazing power ranger style high kicks with accompanying sound effects, run faster than his 6 year old cousin, kick a ball fantastically with his left foot and reel off an endless list of insulting phrases such as 'stinky bum, poo face and saucer face'

expatinscotland Thu 21-Jul-05 11:53:09

You have a future Becks on your hands! Now there's where da money's at these days!

oliveoil Thu 21-Jul-05 11:54:16

No, those are big words and Becks can't do them

GhostofNatt Thu 21-Jul-05 11:54:55

Northerner, you are in the money. DS2 can say "fat head, poopoo head, trolley head (?)" I'm sure thsi is a useful skill...

pouchofdouglas Thu 21-Jul-05 11:55:24

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northerner Thu 21-Jul-05 11:59:11

Yes people stop me to tell me how agile he is. My dh was and still is fantastically gifted at sports so he is hoping ds will follow.

Sorry OO - didn't mean to hijack your thread. Your dd sounds very advanced for her age. We had Jack and the bean stalk for months too, seem to be stuck on 3 little pigs atm.

oliveoil Thu 21-Jul-05 11:59:27

dd2 nearly 11 months, is also talented, she can fill nappies like you have never seen, multicoloured sometimes. Artist in the offing.

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