Friday, August 20, 2010

Big Sis

IMG_8907 Amaya’s been pretty good at being completely ignored these days.

She wakes up at 6am, unlocks the back door, and goes over to see Nana without even saying a word to us.
She sang to herself in her room this morning: “Twinkle, twinkle little star… How I wonder Farmer Dell.” That verse was immediately followed without pause to “All the single ladies, all the single ladies… dum dum dum dum dum dum put a ring on it…” Which may be the actual words to the song.

She even initiates her daily alphabet lesson because she knows she can’t watch a show until she does it, and she’s realized that we aren’t making sure she gets that in anymore. She runs to us and says, “What letter do you want me to draw?” and we say a bunch of letters and then she erases them before we can come check on how they look. But really, she’s doing much better with letters. Jake listened to a podcast and told me that she has good episodic memory but not good semantic memory. I’m not exactly sure what that means, but it sounds like this:

I show her the word “rat” after we’ve done every word I can think of that rhymes with cat. She understands what rhyme is and can clearly see that I keep only changing the first letter.

“Amaya, what word is this? Sound out the first letter.”

“Ummmmm…. huh, huh, huh…” (she’s sounding out the “H” sound)… “BOOK.”

So we still have a ways to go.

She likes little Mozely, although she did tell someone that we gave him away because he cries too much, and when someone offered her a trade in, baby for a puppy, she immediately ran to us and let us know we could have the greatest deal ever.

She didn’t cry when we said “No,” though


Damaris @Kitchen Corners said...

This book is awesome
I've been doing it with Enzo and it's really good. I tried a couple different ones but this one is the best. Jesse and Bekah introduced it to me.

But more important than teaching our kids to read is this video I Think Amaya will like it.

Hope you're doing well. I know you don't feel bad but I felt bad about ignoring Enzo and now he ignores us. In a good way. he just plays outside by himself all day pretty much.

Mariko said...

I feel bad, but I'm assuming it will end when things are less crazy baby wise (and I could be totally wrong about that). She loves to go over to Pammy's house and get someone there to pay attention to her.

Jake plays with Amaya a lot. He says, "She's not getting neglected." (Hear that defensive tone?) I guess it just seems to me like there's suddenly so much more to focus on.

That video is hilarious. Amaya enjoyed it too.

The Crash Test Dummy said...

Oh that is so cute. Especially the singles ladies part. hahahahahahah

Miss you!

P.s. She's right about the trade.