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Toddler Cognitive Development: Magical thinking and bicycle riding

The Magic Word The kid is learning to say “please”! I’ve been making a point of prompting him when he asks for things or asks us to do things for him. First I try asking “What do you say?” (なんと言う?, … Continue reading

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Toddler Cognitive Development: Mirror Test

I read somewhere a while ago that some people did an experiment where they painted a spot on an elephant and showed it a mirror, and in response the elephant reached around with its trunk to touch, not the mirror, … Continue reading

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Toddler cognitive / linguistic development, part 4

The kid has acquired glottal stops! For several days now, he’s been saying “niʔnn” (like a slurred “neaten”). The word appears to be entirely of his own invention, but we’ve figured out that he uses it when he wants to … Continue reading

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Mama no more!

The kid’s linguistic development continues! He recently learned “down,” and right now it’s probably his most commonly used word. (Naturally, he also uses “down” to mean “up.”) He also says “town” almost every time we go out, although what he’s … Continue reading

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More words; more mamas

There’s been a bit of a breakthrough on the “mama” front. First, let’s take stock of the kid’s cognitive and linguistic development. He’s picking up more words, for starters. He clearly understands the names of meals (he gets excited when … Continue reading

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Four Mamas; Three Ducks

A story. The kid has learned “mama.” What’s more, where at first he just used something like mum-um-um-um-um-um-um as a complaining noise, now he actually uses “mama” as a word to refer to his mother. Sometimes when we’re at home … Continue reading

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The Tragedy at Panera

A couple days ago we were changing the kid’s diaper before his midday nap. To express his displeasure over some aspect of the process, he was kicking his legs: raising them up and then bringing them back down with a thump, … Continue reading

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Thoughts on toddler cognitive development, part 3

A while ago we got the kid a set of rubber balls: one basketball, one soccer ball, and one football; each around the same size as a large grapefruit. He can’t really use them as freely as he’d like, yet; … Continue reading

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Another thought on toddler cognitive development

The kid has started categorizing the world and associating properties with those categories. He has also started learning the names of things. Examples: He will see a dog, and say “Dah!” He will hear a dog bark, and say “Dah!” … Continue reading

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A thought on toddler cognitive development

So the kid is a year old now, and he has learned how to throw things. He enjoys taking things out of containers and sometimes putting them back into containers… although not always the same container, such as when he … Continue reading

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