Monday, 12/27/10, Public Square


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15 responses to “Monday, 12/27/10, Public Square

  1. 6176746f6c6c65

    Back to work to rest after spending three days with my 18 month old granddaughter. I hope all had a very good Christmas, and will have a happy and prosperous New Year.

    Speaking of the granddaughter, I may have created a monster. For 45 years, I’ve not needed to share my licorice with anyone. Those days are over.

    • wicked

      Ha Ha Ha

      That’ll teach ya! 🙂

    • 6176746f6c6c65

      Yes it will. 🙂

      She has learned a smattering of “baby sign language” from day care, loosely based on ASL. I became familiar quickly with her signing for milk, more, please, and thank you. I needed an interpreter for a few others (cheese, cracker, apple come to mind). All good.

    • wicked

      I’m curious. What is the reason for baby sign language?

  2. wicked

    So glad you had such a wonderful Christmas with the grand!

  3. 6176746f6c6c65

    It’s my understanding the reason for the baby sign language is to allow the wee ones a way to communicate with adults on things they “know, but physically cannot say verbally”, per my daughter. According to her, this actually helps, rather than hinders, verbal development. All I know is that the granddaughter has a spoken vocabulary of about six or seven words (that are clear to me), but can sign around 20 words/phrases. It’s remarkable to guess (grandpa, that is) at her meaning, to be rewarded by a smile and the sign when the guess is correct, or a look of disdain with a repeat of the sign when wrong.

    She also really likes being read to; so much, that there a a few books of hers that after a few short days are permanently a part of my memory. BTW, this is how I became acquainted with the sign for more; finish the book, she signs (and tries to say) more while handing the book back. (The bit about memorizing the books isn’t new; I can still recite almost all of Mr. Brown Can Moo and Hop on Pop due to my girls without the books being present, much to the delight of the granddaughter who received these timeless tomes for Christmas from her aunt.)

    • 6176746f6c6c65

      “are a” = “a a”.

    • wicked

      That’s what I would’ve guessed, but afraid I’d be wrong. I’m thinking that as long as verbal is incorporated with the signing, it would work very well. Deaf children are often taught spoken words as they learn to sign.

      Children who are read to will be readers. 🙂 My three oldest grandkids (ages 9, 8 & 6) are all readers and received books for Christmas.

      I gifted myself a Kindle before Christmas. I haven’t bought any books for it yet. I’ve downloaded about 20 free ones, though. I now have all of Jane Austen’s books and some of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series, along with a few other misc. I’m currently reading Pride and Prejudice. I haven’t read it for decades! Family gave me Amazon gift cards for Christmas. 😉

    • Wicked,
      Studies have shown that babies are fully capable of communication if given the proper tools…

      You do know that you can check out ebooks from the library, don’t you? I have loaded a few to my eReader, I imagine they work with the Kindle, too. I really prefer the audio books so I can listen while driving or doing crafts or chores.

    • wicked

      Thanks for the link, Moonshadow! I’ll check it out.

      I’m not sure if I can check out books from the library with my Kindle. I haven’t looked into it. Right now I have more than enough to keep me reading for a while and several friends coming out with books early in the year that I’ll get. Those will be keepers. 🙂 With the library not all that far from me, driving isn’t a problem, so I don’t mind going. I take the grandkids quite often during the summer. But downloading from there is definitely another option!

  4. For fnord, and others similarly situated.

    P.S. I’m a bit late, but it’s the thought that counts, right?

  5. 6176746f6c6c65

    Attempting to respond to wicked w/o employing snark, KU was not bowl eligible (as wicked likely knows well). It will be interesting to see how those Big XII teams who did qualify do in their respective games. I think KSU will have some trouble w/Syracuse, but not as much as they might have had Syracuse not lost the players I understand are not playing.

    • wicked

      Honestly, until I checked the bowl schedule, I wasn’t aware that KU wasn’t playing in one, and even then thought I might’ve missed something. I knew about the new pinstripe, but not what team KSU was playing in it. I haven’t kept up with football much this year. I was paying attention to the last of the baseball playoffs, watching the Rangers and missed much of early football.