Do you see what I see?

20 Apr

In a moment of insight that rippled through our family, my daughter Veda made a discovery with letters and numerals. Veda is almost four years old and has not been to any school.

Veda read F-O-X and T-U-B yesterday by herself. She then looked at the pictures that were on the card that has the letters and said “Fox” and “Tub”.

For a while I have known that she knows some letters, but haven’t really kept tab on which of the 26 letters of the alphabet she actually knows. If she comes across letters that she wants to know about, I help her when she asks me “What is this, Amma?”

This all happened due to a particular game we have. My sister-in-law gave us a letter game as a hand-me-down gift. The letters and numbers are bright plastic magnetic ones. The game has words on cards.  In each word, the first letter is missing and can inserted into the slot. Usually we play with the letters and numbers by grouping them into colors and making rainbows out of them. That’s the extent of how we have used that game…

Yesterday, besides reading the letters in sequence, she did something different.

She arranged the number “1”, the the number “5”and the letter “E”  in a particular order and said that they were the series “1, 2 and 3”.

“Do you see what I see?” she said.

My husband Anand saw how she saw it and when she saw that he got it, it was all so cool!

My mother-in-law, who was a quiet spectator to all of this told me and Anand later on, “So kids can actually learn at home! They don’t really have to go anywhere else! When I was growing up nobody believed anything could be learnt at home or knew to explain when we asked, and so we had to go to school.”

My mother-in-law is seeing what I see. And to me, it is all so cool!

Pushpa Ramachandran

Pushpa is a mother to a three year old daughter. She also works part time as a speech pathologist helping people with disabilities. She is very drawn to the philosophy of Attachment Parenting and Natural Learning. She occasionally explores her personal challenges and celebrations through her writings. She also maintains a private blog that serves as a memory log of their tender moments as they live and learn together as a family!


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3 Responses to “Do you see what I see?”

  1. Hema Sah April 22, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

    I see what you see too. And it made me smile.
    Reminded me of the the Louis Armstrong song,

    …I hear babies cry, I watch them grow
    They’ll learn much more,than I’ll never know
    And I think to myself,what a wonderful world!

  2. Shyamala S July 27, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

    Wonderful 😀

  3. KALYANI GS August 29, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

    Dear Ms Pushpa,
    I totally agree with you. We really enjoyed every moment with our kids but… with regular school. Now, we have decided to pull daughter out and make her really enjoy what she wants. She has a higher functioning memory and prefers to go more in certain subjects; some subjects other way around. She’s in grade-7. She loves singing (knows around 100 musicians tract records, bands, albums, etc.) and playing (runs for relay races). If you have any suggestions, please guide us.

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