In the moments Parker will go play by herself it’s not unusual to peer into her room and find her occupied with books. Sometimes she curls up in her brown corduroy rocking chair and looks through the illustrations. My favorite is when she lines up her dolls or stuffed animals and presents the books as though she is reading to her own make-believe classroom. She carefully tells the story of each page before lifting and turning the book to her viewers to see the pictures. Each night we read each other one story before bed too. She has several stories or lines out of books memorized and even mimics the inflections and character voices I use when I read to her. A lot of her reading is completely made up as she goes along incorporating characters from the story I had read or from events that happened in her day. It won’t be long before she is truly reading the words on the pages but for now she is using her imagination and her own words for storytelling.
Parker has an advanced vocabulary and communication skills for her young five years. She is full of opinions, questions and comments and is fearless about opening her mouth to speak. I want to empower her to continue this since it demonstrates curiosity and leadership, while also trying to rein her in and ensure she remains respectful with her words. It’s also been a priority for me to educate her on the proper use of her vocabulary and practice pronunciation. It’s not uncommon for her to completely make up words and throw them into sentences. She has a few words she frequently stumbles over, like before she could say computer and asked to play on the “paduter.” There are two words which come to mind I hear currently mispronounced, as long as she is not still saying them this way five years from now they will be a fun memory of her growth.
“Mom, we are out of skabetty? That’s just rediclius.”