Article: Bilingual Children are Smarter

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Article: Bilingual Children are Smarter
Tue, 03-20-2012 - 2:54pm

Interesting read:

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Registered: 03-19-2002
Tue, 03-20-2012 - 10:10pm

Interesting article, I'm not sure DD is old enough to really see if she has better puzzle solving skills, but she always has been one to try to figure things out, my mom who is a degree in early childhood development and teaching told me she found that Ishi has incredible analytical skills for her age not to mention extremly developped fine motor skills.
Are the analytical skills due to being exposed to 3 languages at once? No idea, but I noticed when she was about 18 months old that she tackles certain problems differently than what I read about for kiddos her age. She used to love taking all my shower bottles of gels, lotion shampoos and what not in the bathroom and line them up neatly right outside the bathroom, nothing incredible, kids do that at this age, but where it surprised me was that normally kids this young will take only one bottle at a time, and go back and forth until they carried them all, Ishi would not have it, she was pretty focused on what the goal was and wanted to spend as less time as possible getting it done, so she would just carry as many bottles as she could at once, and then sit with them taking time to line them the way she wanted before going for the next batch of bottle, when I explained that to my mom she indeed comfirm that this is something a kid is more likely to achieve between 2 and 3 years of age.
And right now she is really into drawing, and again she is very clear about what her goal is, and it's definitely not random scribble, there is a clear order and reason in the way she scribble.

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