Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Jua Or's Verbal Development
Yesterday morning, Papa was carrying Juan Or in his arms and walking around in the house. Mommy was hanging around too. Then Papa sort of passed by the kitchen calendar (pictured above) and suddenly Juan Or pointed at the calendar and said,"Thirteen." What!? Did Mommy just hear the word 'thirteen' coming out from Juan Or's mouth? As far as Mommy knows, Mommy only teach Juan Or numbers from 1 to 10, never going beyond 10. How on earth does Juan Or know that the number in the calendar is thirteen? Mommy wondered. That morning itself, Papa put Juan Or into the baby cot for him to occupy himself. Juan Or chose to flip the pages of an alphabet board book. Suddenly Papa heard Juan Or said 'A, B, C, D' in a very babyish-sounding voice. Papa and Mommy were very surprised. So far, Juan Or has never opened his mouth to pronounce any alphabets or numbers even though Mommy has read them to him many times before. So it was all a pleasant surprise!
Later that night, Mommy related to Second Brother-in-law about the word 'thirteen' that Juan Or said. Then did Second Brother-in-law mention that he actually showed and taught Juan Or the number thirteen in the calendar during the wee hours in the morning when Juan Or got up and about and refused to go back to sleep. So looks like Juan Or actually remembers what was taught or mentioned to him, the only thing is whether Juan Or wants to say it out or not! Haha!