Friday, September 28, 2007

Words

I just posted about Charlie's latest word, "No!" and thought I would post a list of words and signs Charlie knows.

Words:
Ball (ba), Bubbles (ba ba), Balloon (Boooooo, or Bababooooo), Moo (as in the cow says 'moo') (Boooooo), Blue (Boooo), Baby, Bye Bye, Hi, Night Night (na nei), Dada, Mama, More (mo), Three (eeeee) and of course No! Wow, that's 16 words!

Signs:
Ball, Hat, More, Shoes, Socks, Mom, Dad, Cat, Bird, Dog, Fish, Eat, Water, Brush Teeth, Sleep/Sleepy, Milk, Wash Hands, Medicine, Play, All Done, Bath, Car, Train, Bear, Baby. There's probably more, but I can't think of them right now. I think 25 is pretty good!

I should say that at first Charlie learned many of these signs by watching his Baby Signing Time videos, and did not necessarily know what all the signs meant. That is, he would repeat the sign if he saw it on the video, or if Ray or I signed it, but didn't know the connection. In the last month and a half or so he is really connecting his signs with the object or action or person they signify. It is so cool that he can tell us when he needs medicine, or when he is sleepy, or when he wants more of something. He is excited to tell us when he sees a dog or a cat, and likes to point out when he sees mommy brush her teeth or wash her hands. We are communicating, and it is trully wonderful to see his satisfaction in his ability to participate in the exchange.

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