Sunday, March 26, 2006

Nutmeg: Blah, blah, blah, I am so smart, blah, blah

A few more verbal accomplishments from the superlexic Nutmeg:

At our Madison reunion the other night, Notta Wallflower pointed out that Numteg is using irregular past tense verbs: "Daddy came back!" Indeed, after a brief period of using words like "goed," she now seems to have mastered the past tense of most verbs she uses.

Then there's rhyming! I am no longer just Mommy, but Mommy Bommy, and Daddy is Daddy Baddy, and Nutmeg herself is, well, not Nutmeg-Buttmeg, but HerRealName-BerBealBame. I'm excited that she's figured out rhyming already, because according to Jane Healy, that's an important step toward literacy -- figuring out the sounds in words and that they are mix and matchable. In fact, she has this interesting chapter in "Endangered Minds" about highly successful first grades where they spend the whole first half of the year doing nothing but verbal exercises, including rhyming, and then don't open a book at all until the second half of the year.

5 comments:

Notta Wallflower said...

Rhyming is huge for early literacy. It's the idea of playing with (and being aware of) different sounds in words. It's funny because the phonics approach was taught when I learned to read, but shortly after, was abandoned. I like a combination of approaches (phonics + sight), but the fact is is that some kids just do better with a certain approach. By doing the clapping in rhyming (like when she's singing a song), phonemic segmentation can be taught. This is when kids start getting the idea of how many "parts" (syllables) are in a word. It's too bad that all of our English words don't follow phonics rules - it would make spelling so much easier. :-P

Kori said...

Nutmeg is crazy verbal. Crazy-wazy verbal-werbal. It's so delightful to have a conversation with her, as evidenced at that reunion. She's also a blast to sing with---man, was she into the little songs we sang together. I want more Nutmeg time!

tessence said...

Actually, I think it's pretty weird having conversations wtih someone that young. She knows all the words, but linear, sensical conversation is still beyond her. It's kind of like if your dog could talk.

Notta Wallflower said...

Sometimes I feel like I'm talking to a dog, a brick wall, myself, etc. when I talk to K, but for a totally different reason than Hazel's. :-P

Jenny said...

People always ask me, can you have a conversation with Elliott? And I say, sure, so long as he picks the topic!