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Sunday, March 1, 2009

learning the alphabet

I have been very busy and last week spend all week at the university doing my research. It has been very inspiring learning and catching up and thankfully I had J's mother come and look after Joaquin while I was at uni.
This week it is back to normal. However I still go to uni as I call it, twice a week.
I am slowly getting there and doing the research I like to do, but it all takes time and I need to be inspired and learn not to get distracted.

I am also very impressed at Joaquin. He is 20 months old, not even two but has gone a long long way since he was a little new born bub in our arms.
Last week and this weekend he has been sleeping more than 2 hours in the afternoon and eating well. We think this is his growth stage. He had a good time with his nanny and she had a good time with him.
I hope he keeps on sleeping 2 hours in the afternoon for me.
He also has advanced a lot with language and learning. He picks up a lot of new words every day, he also knows Thomas train character. If we have a Thomas book and show him Duck, Gordon, Thomas, Percy, Edward he recognises them and can say their names and point to them. That is more than me, I can not do that at all.
He also surprised us yesterday by pointing to the letter S at the end of the name of Thomas and saying S. I do not know how he recognises that. He also knows A B and C. The thing i find interesting is he recognises these letters as Capital ones.
He knows how to count in spanish uno, dos tres, cuatro and then siete.

I found this information on children learning
During their first year, babies hear speech as a series of distinct, but meaningless words. By age 1, most children begin linking words to meaning. They understand the names used to label familiar objects, body parts, animals, and people. Children at this stage simplify the process of learning these labels by making three basic assumptions:

* Labels (words) refer to a whole object, not parts or qualities (Flopsy is a beloved toy, not its head or color).
* Labels refer to classes of things rather than individual items (Doggie is the word for all four-legged animals).
* Anything that has a name can only have one name (for now, Daddy is Daddy, and not a man or Jake).

As children develop their language skills, they give up these assumptions and learn new words and meanings. From this point on, children develop language skills rapidly. Here is a typical sequence:

* At about 18 months, children add new words to their vocabulary at the astounding rate of one every 2 hours.
* By age 2, most children have 1 to 2,000 words and combine two words to form simple sentences such as: "Go out." "All gone."
* Between 24 to 30 months, children speak in longer sentences.
* From 30 to 36 months, children begin following the rules for expressing tense and number and use words such as some, would, and who.

SO he should be picking up new words at a rate of one every 2 hours, Wow.
He also says WOW when he is impressed by things.
He can recognise frogs, and dinosaurs but calls a crocodile a Saur (dinosaur) and phylogenetically he is not wrong at doing that (as crocodiles are saurs).
Here is a link with good tips on how to teach the ABC to children.

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