Thank you, Rachel

Warning: Bragging to follow

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BB’s talking was a little slow in the beginning – after all, she did have to adjust to hearing English full-time at 9 months rather than birth like her peers.  But when she did start, it was full steam ahead.  Now at 2 1/2, her language is just amazing.  Five and six word sentences are routine.  She regularly uses adjectives and adverbs.  She names colors, counts to 20 in English and 10 in Spanish (her preschool has a Spanish curriculum).  Happily, we start Chinese lessons soon. 

I was curious if her language skills were typical or if she might be ahead of the curve, so I went to a few sites, like this one, on language development to see how she stacks up and was shocked.  She’s regularly saying things at the level they attribute to 3, 4, and even 5 year olds.  I thought this a little strange.  I mean, of course I’m convinced our BB is a genius, because, um… I’m her mom, but this was weird.  I also thought about her preschool peers, who I suspect speak much the same way.  Were these standards made before many kids went to preschool?  So, I talked to the assistant principal at her school.  She was fairly inconclusive, but said the following.  Yes, BB has very good language skills.  She has noticed that she now has real conversations with her.  She said it might be interesting for us to hang out with the 4 and 5-year-olds to compare.  She wondered if she is studying another language and I said, no, completely forgetting that we’ve been watching Signing Time videos since she was about a year old.  In fact, for a long time it was the only TV she was allowed to watch.  She loves it and has learned a lot and has a pretty good signing vocabulary.  Maybe this has something to do with it.  BB does seem to have a knack for language.  She’s naturally interested in words.  It will be interesting to see how this plays out in Chinese class and in 20 years when she’s blogging.

Ps.  If there are any child psychologists / speech specialists out there who can evaluate the validity of a site like the one above.  I’d be really curious to know if that is typical, even for kids who go to preschool daily.

4 Responses

  1. The Tongginator has always been very verbal, too. And we did sign language with her. I DO think that helped a ton. And – at least in her case – she LOVES Mandarin class at age five.

  2. Just an FYI – your daughter is so cute I could just eat her up. But I promise I won’t 🙂

  3. I get it. Jammer has amazing language too. Long sentences. Complex questions and decisions. Great recall on something he was told only once. He hasn’t gotten his colors straight yet but we are working on it.

  4. oooh, sounds like BB is a lot like Piper was and YES…we did sign language, she mastered that within a month or so of coming home and would sign in 3-4 word sentences when she was 14-15 months old, people used to ask if she was deaf. Now at age 4.5 she is in Chinese pre-school and has the English skills of a child who is 7-8+….my friend, you have a smartypants on your hands!

    Eloquence is a gift!

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