Totally agree with the other posters....your LO does not need to know the alphabet at 2 1/2 and tbh if she was interested in it she prob would be picking it up without you doing very much.
Tom is a very visual learner (like me!) And he is into letters and numbers. He can recognise about 15 letters and will pick them out on signs and books. He also points out numbers but doesn't understand yet that they're different to letters. But the only input we have done is playing with letters in the bath. He is just fascinated with letters and writing.
Don't worry. Your LO will be good at other things I guarantee.
I compare sometimes too, its totally normal and I am always genuinely amazed at what some toddlers can do! Ihsan does know the alphabet and can pick out a letter if you ask him, he also knows some words that start with each letter but not all of them. He can count to 20. The other day at a museum cafe I was talking to another lady with a little girl the same age as Ihsan, she was sitting singing a JLS song and knew ALL the words! I can't even remember all the words to a song lol! In comparison, Ihsan can just about sing all of twinkle twinkle little star
My LO does but he does have a real interest in numbers/letters and wants me to spell stuff out all the time - annoying when I have to do it for a whole book! BUT he is really unconfident with drawing/colouring and will not do it himself, saying that its 'too hard'. Every wee person is different in their abilities and like others have said, they all even out in the end anyway
Imogen can say and read the whole alphabet, can read some small words and can count and read up to twenty. BUT she doesn't talk, pretty much at all. Essentially she's a brilliant mimic, but hasn't made the leap into communicating yet, so although she's more advanced than some kids her age in one area, she's massively behind a lot of eighteen month olds in others. I'm pretty relaxed about it, I think it will all even itself out soon enough
My experience is that any 2.5 year old that knows all their letters is ahead of the curve. So, just because you found a tot who knows that doesn't mean your LO is behind. Just means the other tot is ahead.
My DS is in a Pre-School class with kids that are 3-3.5 years old (he's 2.5 years old.) My DS is very advanced with letters, shapes, numbers, colors, etc. There is only one other child in the class who knows almost as much as him (about 75%) and she just turned 3. They are also best friends and have been together nearly full time forever so have sort of fed off each other learning that stuff.
Every other kid in the class is far far behind those 2. They are actively taught these things and none of them still really know any of it very well. That is normal.
Like mentioned before, just because they are advanced in one thing doesn't mean they are advanced in everything. My DS might be way ahead on "academic" sort of things, but he is just pretty much average on gross motor skills and even struggles a bit with fine motor skills.
I don't know what's normal. Some kids learn those things earlier than others, just depends on their interests. My son doesn't know the alphabet song, but he can name and point to all the letter and count to 10, He's been able to do it for months and months now. Not exactly sure when, but I know I consider it to be very early. We read all the time and he loved pointing to letters and asking 'that', so I told him the letters and he just learned them all from that. I simply let him lead the way as far as what he wants to learn and he's just a big sponge.
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