February 15, 2013 by empraise
Yesterday seemed like a breakthrough “word” day. During our walk down by the river he started saying agua (well, it was really more like “abua” but he knew when to use it!) for “water”. He also started saying dedo (“doh”) for “toes” and used the “t” sound for the first time while trying to pronounce tenedor “fork”. It’s interesting to see which words he utilizes in Spanish and which in German. For example, he says “muh!” for moon (obviously closer to the German mond and not the Spanish luna). Same story with mouth (which sounds very close to moon in German and is boca in Spanish).
His other communication skills are improving too. He consistently signs for por favor/please/bitter and loves to identify buses/áutobuses (“bus!”) and motorcycles (he makes a motor sound with his lips). I am still unsure how to handle situations when he pronounces a word in a language I am not using. For the moment I say, “Muy bien amor, Papa dice mond y yo digo luna!” or I simply repeat it after him in Spanish. I’m encouraged because even when he vocalizes the German sound for a word, he can still identify it when I ask him in Spanish. This is the case with his mouth and the moon and others too!
We have also been working on him being gentle and so I thought it might be appropriate to do an activity where we discussed objects that were hard/soft. Through this activity I learned the difference between suave (soft/smooth to the touch or of a soft/smooth surface) and blando (gives way to the touch, the opposite of firm/hard, soft/squishy?). We use the phrases “Sé amable”, “Sé más gentíl” or “Sé dulce” a lot. This activity I got from No Time For Flashcards (love this site!) and uses a mixtures of soft and hard items. Little M took them out and put them in the wetwipes box. His hand is just too big to fit through the little opening and fish out the items inside!
Speaking of fish….Big M got the idea of doing an “animal encounter” with some tropical fish. Little M warmed up to the idea pretty quickly, after his bath water warmed up! At first it was too cold and he was squealing and not wanting to get in. Soon he even picked one of the fish up and we got to talk about being gentle.
So, when should I use pelota and when should I use bola? Little M’s original ball pit deflated so we bought him this puppy bed. It was all we could find in the Korean grocery store in the middle of winter. It’s way too small, but he loves it. But, for example, what would I call those pom poms (puffy/fuzzy craft balls) that I was using in the hard vs. soft activity?
Enjoying reading his libros. This one his Grammy recorded and read to him (in English of course!)