Category Archives: 23 months
Yesterday morning I discovered something that I felt brought closure to this experience and deserved a final post. Ready for this?
Stella knows her ABCs.
No, not just the song. She KNOWS her ABCs. This revelation came as a huge surprise to me. At breakfast she pointed to my Corn POPS cereal box and told me what the letters were without being asked. I was under the impression that this skill emerged much later (not under the age of 2). Here’s an excerpt from Judith Hudson (developmental psychologist):
“Most children begin recognizing some letters between the ages of 2 and 3 and can identify most letters between 4 and 5. This means that you can start teaching your child the alphabet when he’s around 2 — but don’t expect full mastery for some time.”
So I pulled out the iPad and started quizzing her. I went through every letter like this (below)—in order and randomly. The only letters she has missed were “N, V (thinks it’s Y), and Z.” No doubt a lot of this progress is from the Word Wagon app that we started playing a few weeks ago. This is not a “Look how smart my child is!” post, but rather a fitting end to an undeniable truth: The iPad is an effective learning tool for babies and toddlers. Digital pacifier it is not.
The app in the video is Alphabet Zoo (free).
It has been ONE YEAR since I started this blog! I set out to document my daughter’s interactions with the iPad 2 from ages 12-24 months. Along the way, I casually reported on her emerging skills related to memory, problem-solving, fine-motor, and language. I have no scientific conclusion to report; we just had a lot of fun! It melts my heart to see the look of accomplishment on her sweet face when she masters a new task—sometimes it comes after pint-sized fits of frustration, but the hard is what makes it great. Am I right, Jimmy Dugan?
We discovered several well-made iPad apps that aided her skill development, and we also discovered a lot of duds. Aside from about $10 worth of regrettable purchases, I deem this journey a great success! We’ll continue to use the iPad 2 to discover new things beyond infancy and toddlerhood. Goodbye, Digital Baby.
Here’s to a great year with the iPad 2: