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March 15, 2010 2:56 PM Subscribe
At what age (approximately) do kids learn the linguistic
concepts of cause and effect?
posted by ElDiabloConQueso to Writing & Language (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My daughter is five years old and seems to be very sharp and reads at a second-to-third-grade level. Her ability to answer questions about what or who or where is very solid. But when I ask her why, she doesn't seem to be able to answer me. Her answer to "Why?" is almost always "I don't know." I've noticed that it's not just in response to questions; she frequently reverses cause and effect when she's telling us about something.
A good example: "Daddy, we were out of milk because we had to buy more of it." My wife and I haven't been able to get her to understand that she's saying it backwards: "We had to buy more milk because we were out of it."
I know that children understand the concept of cause and effect long before five, but it surprises me that she's having this much difficulty with the semantics of it. Am I expecting too much at this age? I'm not worried, but I am trying to be aware of what's going on with her.