Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Talking tod

 

TLG has been going to day care for 3 days a week since the beginning of this year.  Last Friday the day care centre gave us a notebook outlining TLG's developments in the last 6 months.

At the beginning of the year Mr Curious and I were asked to set 3 goals for TLG for the first half of the year.  Not knowing what to expect, we set the following goals:
  1. Feed himself with a spoon
  2. Say 10 words
  3. Pick out pictures of items from a group after someone says the word
At the time we didn't know if the goals were realistic.  Looking back now, we realised we have seriously underestimated TLG's ability.

He has been trying to use a spoon for ages and his skills improved with practice, and now he has very good control with a spoon, as well as a fork.  Although he still prefers to use his hands and create a mess!

It is the language developments that astounded me.  I started keeping a list of all the words that TLG can say - and the list stands at 108 today!  At the moment he is adding 4 - 5 words a day.  Today's words are tree, fork, button, bubble and carrot.  Some of them are expected as we have been using the words with him, but others are surprises (e.g. carrot today, or rice from yesterday).

TLG understands even more words than the 108 on the list.  There are words that he cannot pronounce properly yet (e.g. "yo" for yoghurt, and "pus" for octopus), and there are other words that he recognises but cannot say yet (e.g. elephant, giraffe, kiss). 

His specialty words are related to his favourite topic - cars and trucks.  He can say car, truck, dump truck, tow truck, digger, mix (for cement mixer), bus, bike, ute, "we-oh-we-oh" (for ambulances and fire engines) and buggy!

TLG is also starting to combine words to form simple sentences.  Last week when Mr Curious was watching the World Cup on TV, TLG uttered "no more ball" - I guess he was as tired of the football as I was ;-p

And on Monday TLG was calling out for Mr Curious.  Instead of saying "daddy", he said "come, daddy".  It was just too cute.

It is so exciting to see him learning, and I love seeing his face lighting up when he realises that we understand what he say.

I'm so proud of ya, little one!

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