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Voice Card  -  Volume 27  -  Larry Card Number 6  -  Sun, Jan 24, 1993 6:01 PM

This is a response to VC 26 Larry 7 ("Language")...

Kristin's language ability continues to grow at a rate that Diane and I find hard to believe. It amazes me how young children are able to master a language so quickly while at such a young age. I look back at my 4 years of Spanish and brief forays into Japanese for comparison purposes.

Her vocabulary is quite large - I wouldn't know where to begin to document how many words she knows. She appears to be quite concerned with small details. In learning her body parts, she is not content with sticking to the old standards like eye, ear, nose, arm, leg, etc. She insists on learning eyebrow, elbow, belly-button, knee, chin, cheek, etc. And she delights in sitting down with one or both of us and running through the parts of the body for whomever is there - i.e., daddy elbow, Kristin eyebrow, mommy nose, etc.

She also is into establishing possession of all items that she is discussing. So she refers to many items as daddy pillow, daddy milk, mommy blanket, mommy purse, Kristin spoon, Kristin chair, etc.

She has two songs that she loves to sing - the "Happy Birthday" song and "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star." Previously, when she would sing the Happy Birthday song, it would come out "Happy to you." Now she gets the whole "Happy birthday to you" out. That's the only line of the song she knows, however. Twinkle has hand motions that go with it when she sings "Twinkle, twinkle star."

She continues to string together two, three, and sometimes four or five words into sentences. Like: "Kristin sit chair Barney on," which means "I'm going to sit in my chair and watch Barney." One of her very favorite sentences is "I got you, buddy."