I’ve not had a “What We’re Reading” post in quite some time, and for good reason. Books have really been hit-or-miss the past month or two with Declan, with lift-a-flaps and touch-n-feels grabbing his attention the most. More often than not, however, our reading has resembled a rousing game of musical chairs, each book experienced for a snippet, with our options continually narrowing down. Thankfully, Declan recently experienced a language explosion, and “First..” books, with photographs of objects, have been an absolute hit!
We’re having great success with two books: DK’s My First Phonics Book, and Armadillo’s Baby’s First Word Book. While they don’t necessarily read like books, it doesn’t make it any less entertaining. Declan loves using his new vocabulary at every chance (even when the opportunity doesn’t present itself), and loves pointing to objects in the books and naming them. Declan definitely has a long way to go towards English language mastery, as his approach to naming things is rather categorical.
With D’s approach, all things with wheels are cars, including, but not limited to trucks, bicycles, wagons, strollers, and even robots (?). Anything round is a ball, but if it’s an item near and dear to his heart, he definitely gets it correct; a random block of swiss is most definitely cheese, and a bowl of popcorn is corn. Small furry animals are mostly cat, and sometimes dog; furry animals with long legs are neigh-neigh. Baby is a favorite, and they seem to appear everywhere in these books, popping out when you least expect them. Shoes are everywhere, whether on people’s feet or on their own, and this category also includes socks, pictures of feet (there’s a cognitive relation there that I’m proud of), and boots. Lastly, hats can be found everywhere: on people’s heads, or fashioned out of anything (such as a lampshade). Hat is one of D’s favorite words right now, and I had a proud albeit hysterical moment when he started putting bananas (at breakfast) and lunchmeat (at lunch the same day) on his head and calling it a hat. The banana stuck to Declan’s forehead, with him pointing and saying hat! is one of those moments that will never be forgotten!
While I am loving this language explosion and seeing Declan name the world around him, the habitual use of [for him, two] words can make for some tiresome moments: carcarcarcarcarcarcarcarcarcarcarcarcar and hathathathathathathathathathathathat are a couple of words I’d love to never hear again. Have you ever realized how many commercials, car commercials or not, have CARS in them? Me either, until now…