Friday, November 16, 2007

Right Brain: Left Brain

It's funny how different my children are. I know, that's not news to all of you out there. (That kids are different, I mean) It's just funny to see how those differences play out.

Zaya has always been more inclined to words and games. He loves video games and has since he was very, very little. He could play all day, I think, if I would let him. He also liked videos (Baby Einstein type) when he was very little. He would sit and watch them, mesmerized, when he was small. He learned his numbers and letters early and enjoyed games with words. He's able to read now too, which is fun to watch.

Mim, on the other hand, is not interested in video games. She says she wants to play, but the concept of what she is supposed to be doing is still absent. She says she wants to watch videos, but she is easily distracted and back at my legs whining for attention before long. She does like to sing the alphabet, but misses quite a few of the letters. She doesn't recognize her letters by sight, yet, or her numbers really, where big brother could do both much earlier. However, she was interested in drawing, play-doh, painting and building much earlier than Zaya. She could draw circles at about the same that Zaya could (They're a year and a half apart) and enjoys the whole process of art in a way that Zaya never has. She loves to build with blocks. If I can talk Zaya into playing with blocks at all he just makes letters out of them, or color patterns. Mim will build symmetrical shapes. She likes her buildings, houses and towers to be absolutely even on every side. She can also make a perfect pyramid (she made the one in the photo). She was also very quick to manipulate things like bottle lids. She could twist them off when she was just a baby, and Zaya still hesitates about trying to open anything that will require twisting.

OK, I know that didn't interest anyone else but me and maybe a few relatives, but since I spend every day, sunrise to sunset, watching my children, it's something that's often in my mind.

It will be interesting to watch their school careers and their life career choices in the future, knowing the aptitudes they did or did not display at this early age.


Scribbit said...

I know what you mean--how such different individuals can come from the same gene pool is amazing isn't it?

JAM said...

To this day, my 22 year old daughter is a complete slob, and the 19 year old daughter has the cleanest room in the house At All Times.

Number One Daughter required your attention at all times as a kid, and Number Two Daughter would, and still does thrive on being alone.

One is more like me and the other more like Lovely Wife. We have to be like a tag team wrestling team to handle them, I deal with Number One better while Lovely Wife can get through to Number Two.

Amazing stuff.

And I like that symmetrical pyramid. As a kid, I had a bunch of dominos and spent hours standing an lining them and would call everyone in and let them watch the dominos fall. Good times.

aftergrace said...

Well, I may not have a universal view, because Alli and Ren are idental twins. But, I have noticed as they grow older their interested in more of the social sciences, as opposed to math or science. They are great at both math and science, they choose not to like it. Who knows what's going on in those dizzy heads of theirs? :)

Myrna said...

Sounds like you may have a little engineer there... or architect.

Myrna said...

My, I was just noticing how much they have grown.

Qtpies7 said...

I think it is ever more amazing as they grow, and when you have more than two and they still manage to be so completely different! You begin to wonder how many "differents" there can be.