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Dan: conversations with a 24 month old

Posted by
spots (Singapore, Singapore) on 14 September 2007 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

So I spent the whole week with Daniel at home, as opposed to him being at childcare every morning, 5 mornings a week. And what was it like?

Great actually! After the first few days, he quickly recovered from his cough & cold and was quite happy to play in the house. I.e., he wasn't too fussy or clingy. I just decided to keep him at home the whole week so that he wouldn't suffer a relapse if he went back to childcare too soon.

I have come to realise that Dan has a good sense of imagination & can hold a decent conversation with adults. During breakfast, Husband tells me he'll eat his bread and it'll slowly tranform from an airplane, to a bird to a crocodile to a duck to an ant! Then, during playtime today, Dan sat on a sofa cushion and say, "See, truck!" Ignoring him, I answered, "Yes Dan, go play with your truck in the toy box over there, yea?" To which Dan replied, "See, truck, over here!" He pointed to the cushion. Apparently, the innocent sofa cushion had been magically transformed into a truck. Then, seconds later, Dan said, "See, bus! Daniel sitting bus, over here!" Before I could even nod, he added, "Daniel sitting bus, see Samuel!" (Samuel is his cousin). "Really?" I quipped. "And where is Samuel?" "Samuel, GONE!" Daniel replied. "Daniel sitting bus, see Uncle Josh driving van. See Samuel!" (Uncle Josh is Samuel's dad). And the conversation just flowed on... along the way, more vocabulary words spilt out, including Sentosa, Aunty Linda, steering wheel, Vroom etc.,

Perhaps the most fun part about spending time with Dan, though, has been SINGING. Now for this, I really have to give credit to the childcare centre which I have been railing against unforgivably. Husband has reminded me that yes, there are virtues to putting your kid in childcare. And among them include - Daniel learnt how to sing his ABCs before he turned 2! (I caught this on video recently - click here to see.) And, Daniel now can recite many songs and even do actions! Like, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Eensy Weensy Spider, Baa Baa Black Sheep, London Bridge is Falling Down and I'm in the midst of teaching him the B-I-B-L-E yes that's the book for me.

Prior to childcare, I would always try to teach Daniel to sing. Albeit it was a sporadic pathetic effort on my part, and I never really kept at it. But that was partly because Dan would always stare at me funny as I waved my hands about and tried to get him to sing & do actions with me. after a while, it felt a bit silly to be stared at by a toddler. ^__^

But I think the teachers at the childcare have done a fantastic job imbibing in him a love for singing & doing actions. He's so enthusiastic now, it's really cool! And I'm amazed that within 2 weeks of childcare, they actually managed to inculcate in him the entire alphabet song!

Well, needless to say, even though it's been a very tiring & sickly week, it's also been rewarding, thank God for that!

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Wayne from Melbourne, Australia

I'm glad things are on the up and up for you and your family members Ruth =)
And Daniel's very photogenic

14 Sep 2007 8:35am

Veerendra from Pune, India

how cute !

14 Sep 2007 5:19pm

Dad from Singapore

When playing with Dan, I observed his natural spontaneous expressions of his thoughts and good use of his English vocabulary, especially for a boy his age. Natural linguistic talent? I would like to think so. Nevertheless, encourage and motivate him and do try to encourage him to pick up his vocab of mandarin.

17 Sep 2007 7:11am

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