Lately, Abby’s vocabulary has been developing at lightening speed. Which doesn’t necessarily mean that I understand everything she has to say. Although, truth be told, I can de-code her like no other.
I gave up comparing the development of her speech to that of her brother’s, or any other child’s for that matter, a long time ago. I suppose her father and I both assumed that given how much we love literature (I literally dreamed about all of the books that I would stock up their library with over the years, while they were still in utero), that she would become a little lover of the word herself.
A chatterbox like me, her mama. Abby didn’t have an automatic adoration for books. She rounds out her vowels at a slower pace than her brother did, and only until recently did she become a book hoarder. Which doesn’t mean a darned thing. What does matter is how we’ve incorporated vocabulary developing activities and games for her into every day play to foster and encourage her love of letters, books, and words.
It’s exciting to hear your toddler speak and come up with funny terms of expression and cute ways of saying things or pronouncing things. I gobbled up every minute of it when Wyndham was learning to talk and much of the same heart bursting occurs whenever Abby completes a full sentence or says something hilarious, unbeknownst to her. It just doesn’t get old. I’d have to say this is one of my favourite stages of early childhood development. And that’s why I think it’s so important to help guide them along at this important stage of the game.
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