how young is too young?
Just wondering if there are any places in Perth that can help me?
my DD1 is 22 months old and extremely intelligent. she has a photographic memory (only have to tell her something once and she'll remember it forever), says well over a thousand words (talks proper sentences and can even tell me a story! even tells me and DH off!!!), knows almost every single nursery rhyme, can say the whole alphabet, can count to 16, knows all her colours (pink, yellow, orange, red, blue, green, black, white, brown, purple, grey etc), knows at least 30 animals and their sounds, remembers everyones names and faces, uses words like Fabulous, Amazing, Delicious etc, remembers things that happened 6 months earlier (with no previous mentioning of them either), is toilet trained (at 20 months), and yeah, the list goes on!
when she was 12 months old the child health nurse mentioned that cos she had a vocab of well over 30 words (at 12 months) that she would prob be speaking 4 word sentences by 18 months. she started doing this by the time she was 16 months old. the CHN said she has a development of a 3-4 year old.
i've read so many books / websites about child development and looks like she's in the 4year old range for most things, not just her speech and vocab.
her first word was around 8 months (not too early), but she started walking at 10.5 months.
obviously, each child is different, but "they" say children can't kick a ball straight ahead if aiming there or jump up with 2 feet off the ground till they're 3. also read somewhere that they can't run till they're 2. DD1 can do all of these and has done so for many many months!!
also, "they" say that you can't tell which hand is their dominant hand until they're about 2, but ever since DD1 was born she has been left hand dominant - DH is a lefty.
She sings, dances, colours-in all day and helps me around the house. helps me clean (dusts, vacuums, wipes the floor) and also helps me with her baby sister. She watches a lot of TV/DVD's and even chooses what she wants on. she turns the TV on, gets the disc she wants to watch, turns the dvd player on, takes the old disc out of the player, puts a new one in, closes the player, presses play and then even puts the old disc back into the correct case in a drawer, closes the drawer, then always closes the cabinet doors in which the player is in. i dont have to do anything at all. just sit and watch.
another thing is "they" say that children can't take complex orders until they're about 3 or 4 but i can tell DD1 whatever and she'll do it. i can say something like, "honey, can you put this book in your bedroom then go into your sister's room and get me her pink jumper in her bottom drawer please?" and she'll run off and do it all. no questions asked. she can also dress herself.
now...... the reason for this post is...
firstly, i want to see if
* anyone else has a child like this (ie, is this normal or is she gifted?)
* how can i keep her at it? (i believe most children tend not to keep going forward after 5 years old)
* How can i do more with her at home?
* Is there somewhere/someone in Perth that can help me (or tell me) what else and how else i can continue teaching her - home schooling maybe?
Most learning centers around here teach the child according to their age, not their intellect. I believe that my DD1 is a lot more intelligent than other children her age and even tends to like being around adults and older children more rather than children her own age. I wonder if there is a school or something that takes a 2 year old (after she turns two!) but teaches them what a 3 or 4 year old learns?
any advice/suggestions/ideas are greatly appreciated!!