Thursday, January 14, 2010

Boys Development

So the boys are doing very well with their development skills. Reed and I were trying to get an idea as to how many words Thomas and Matthew know and we were quite surprised at the list we came up with (which is not a complete listing by any means). Matthew is more advanced with the vocubulary, but Thomas is not far behind. Thomas is better at following a series of instructions such as "can you go into the living room and get the eagle out of the top drawer", Matthew does very well with this as well, but Thomas is a bit ahead of Matthew in this area. Thomas is very good at repeating ANY word that you say, but sometimes you have to prompt him to talk, whereas Matthew just babbles away with LOTS of words. Both can accurately point to and name your eyes, nose, mouth and ears. They know what their shoulders, knees and toes are (thanks to the Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes song and book we have). Matthew can accurately point to, name and make the sound that cows, horses, sheep, goats, chickens, roosters, elephants, cats, donkeys, dogs, pigs, ducks, geese, monkeys and moose make and Thomas can do many of these. They both can say and identify square, circle and triangle. They can say and usually identify blue, black and green (though they sometimes get blue and purple mixed up). They refer to each other as Brother and can say their own name plus their brother's name (though Matthew says his name as Mat-chew). They can properly name: Daddy, Mamma, Memere, Pepere, Grandma Mimi, Aunt Lisa, Aunt Erika, Aunt Sara, Aunt Sharon, cousin Abbie, Grandpa Nonken, plus the individuals at daycare and they know who Uncle Jeff and Aunt Sally are by picture but have a hard time saying those. They say three word sentences such as "I get it", Mamma get it", "Daddy get it", "Jacket off", "All Done", "All Gone" and other such phrases. They can correctly identify and say, Pooh, Tigger, Owl, Rabbit, Piglet, Eyeore, Nemo, Gill, Pufferfish (from Finding Nemo) and Barney. They say: vitamin, diaper, milk, here, brother, bell, Disney, bus, ball, muffin, juice, hello, bye-bye, DVD, music, boo-boo, pillow, ice cream, cake, bear, tractor, barn, hay, apple, cheese, peaches, bath, owl (if you show a picture of ANY owl to Matthew he will correctly say Owl), color, bird, mail, peek-a-boo, eagle, star, moon, bunny, hockey (of which they love to watch), snow, hippo, pee, more, stinky (in reference to a diaper mess), howdy neighbor, yee-ha, (both are what one of the pieces to their farm says), farmer, FBI and Interpol (they say and identify these as they come up when a DVD is playing), animal and many more. It is amazing how fast they are learning.

1 comment:

Erika said...

Hah! I especially like "Howdy Neighbor", and the FBI and Interpol made me laugh out loud. I fondly remember my mom pointing these out with great patience each time they came up on our screens too. The title page and Library of Congress listing pages in books, too. :) Miss you all, and look forward to seeing you hopefully sometime in late March or early April, when Petra is home!