Tuesday, November 03, 2009


As a teacher, I know, theoretically, the impact that language development has on a child's learning. I had one student who received intensive special education support, not because he was learning disabled but because he was adopted and spent the first few years of his life living in a home where he wasn't spoken to much at all. After adoption things changed, but this kid was forever impacted by those first, formative, years....
I've known this in theory.

The reality is so much more amazing. Not to brag (but I'm going to) Aliza, at 17 months, has an amazing vocabulary. She comes out with new words every day (yesterday it was Ipod).
I'm also proud to report that she LOVES books. She won't even watch T.V. Oh sure, she'll give it a glance if it's on, maybe even sit still long enough to watch it for a full minute, but that's about it. She prefers books. And crayons. And toys. Over T.V. Can't say I mind all that much either...she also requests books by name. Sometimes by their title (like Dog or Cat) and sometimes by the first line, or maybe a repeated line, in a text. Like this one, or this one. She's a reader already.

Of course, the way she talks is just so darned cute. Some of my favorite words that she says just a bit funny are captured here on this video....listen closely for yellow and yes.....two of my favorite Aliza-isms.


Kelli said...

OMG! LISA! I can't even handle how great this video is. She's so chatty! Aliza saying yellow is simply precious.

(And of course she's a smart cookie. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, right?)

Tina said...

What was that in the middle? It souded like "I love susie" which is silly, but I'm sure it was something specific. Also, I think she said banana... nana... which sounded like mama. What a cutie. Oops, Cosette wants to watch the video again.!

Tina said...

I mean, it sounded like "I love sarah" "I love sarah, momma"

Cosette wants to know why Aliza's mommy isn't getting her down.

JaxMom said...

I love the way she is studying the banana. So good you can capture her little voice like that.