Now don't get too excited this isn't a boy she has been betrothed too, not at all. It is however the word she uses instead of math. G can do simple math in the form of word (spoken) problems. Floored me. I received from daycare the pre-kindergarten calendar of what children should know or learn by kindergarten and simple number games were listed. Now G has been able to determine that when she is a certain age then her cousin will be one year younger or if he is an age she will be one year older, ie. "when A is 7 I will be 8" or "when I am 6 A will be 5."
So last night I asked her "If I have three apples and I give you one how many do I have left?" And she answered "2" (and held up 2 fingers). Now right now she can go up or down by one but not by two. I told my mom who said, "You will be very surprised to know what all she really knows." I think I agree. I was totally shocked!!
Anyway another kindergarten readiness test is word recognition. She can recognize her name but names of family members need to be recognized too. Some small words she recognizes. I made cards with all of our names on them. I used "grandaddy" for my dad and "grammie" for my mom. When I tell her to pick the grandaddy card out of the cards she starts sounding out the first letter of his name "L" and I have to say, "no find the card that starts with G not L(name)." It has been a fun time.
I see the tricks though, make them think it is a game but it really is learning!! playdoh is all a trick to get little finger muscles to hold a pencil, something they will be doing the rest of their lives!! When I figured that out for myself (about jr. high school) it sort of tee-ed me off!! Now I am passing the "games" (wink wink nudge nudge [hey, get your mind out of the gutter]) down to my little one to trap her into the mode of school. She already knows though college is not an option!! She will go to college. I am already grooming her for a career too, heh!