Eliza Grace was born on March 15, 2006, at 26 weeks, 4 days, weighing 1 pound 4 ounces and measuring just 11.5 inches long. She is the light of my soul and this is the story of our life in the big city.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Puzzle Savant?

Eliza loves puzzles. Really loves puzzles. Lucky for us, one of my co-workers, Lee Anne has an "in" with an awesome puzzle company, Ceaco Kids. They make great two sided floor puzzles. The video below is of Eliza doing one of their 24 piece two sided puzzles. One side has an aquatic scene and the side she is working on has a safari scene. Eliza has only seen this puzzle about three times. Eliza never looks at the box to see what picture the puzzle makes. Is it me, or does she do this almost freakishly fast? Perhaps I have a puzzle savant on my hands?


nanamarine said...

What an amazing job!! Her recognition skills must be off the chart. I'm sure they have another name for what she is doing. Her Mom is no academic slouch!!! Look at what she has accomplished in the past 3 years....and without handbook!!
Love to you both.

nanamarine said...

I still say this Blog should be a book.

Robin Elizabeth said...

Wow! I don't know of many full term three year olds that could do that.

Natalie and Abigail said...

That's awesome! I keep trying to get the girls into puzzles - just simple ones like large, individual animal pieces. They'll sort-of do one or two, then get frustrated and start tossing them!

All the kids I've known that have been really good at puzzles have been extremely smart. Maybe you DO have a genius on your hands!


Anne, Eliza Grace's mom said...

Below are some comments from Violet, twin to Anneliese, Kai's mom, regarding Eliza's failry impressive puzzle skills. I thought I would post them (with her permission) so that it might give other moms of puzzle-loving kids a clue into maybe what's going on in those little heads:

Hi Anne,

I'm asking my sister Anneliese Truame to forward this email to you. I'm Kai's Auntie Violet, and I follow your blog...

...Perhaps I should mention that I am an artist, and I have been a teaching artist to children ages 3 to 73 for over 20 years. So here is my reaction to the puzzle video... Wow! There is just so much going on in this video! First off, I notice that Eliza is making decisions remarkably quickly--which piece to choose, where to try it, whether to keep trying with the same piece or to move on to another piece--all very seamlessly. This is a lot of problem solving that she seems to do quite effortlessly. Second, she maintains a rythym of exploring her options and doesn't get hung up on a piece or frustrated when she can't find a match. This speaks to me of persistence and patience. Third, she's using all four limbs simultaneously to do four different things--put down one piece while picking up another while spinning around with one foot while moving the puzzle around towards her with the other. This is a flexible form of ambidextrous/ambilimb coordination. Fourth, she is discriminating about where she tries a piece and if she tries it. She's using critical thinking skills and visual matching skills. In addition, she's using her past experience with puzzles in a new context. Fifth, she is capable of taking in other input such as the TV without losing sight or interest in what she is doing. I could go on, but I won't. ;-)

I guess the nutshell is... What I see when I watch this video is that Eliza has great confidence, intrinsic motivation and persistence along with very strong visual and spatial configuration skills and a highly developed kinesthetic sense such that a drummer, dancer, rock climber or sculptor would use. These are "art education" words for some of the things a little person will need as they become a big person. And incidentally of course, they are also the skills an artist needs. ;-)

Just thought I'd share,