I Spy Quilt
For Camden's first birthday, my mother made him an "I Spy" quilt. Each block is a unique fabric depicting a different object. It was the perfect gift for Camden, who was just learning to sign on his first birthday.
The quilt has quickly become one of our favorite language tools! During the first few weeks with the quilt, he would point to the squares and say "that!" So that we would name the object in the squares. It was interesting to watch him select the squares that he wanted to learn about. He would pick between 3 and 5 squares and bounce between them repeatedly, just soaking up their names and signs.
Over the past two months, he has quickly graduated from signing the names to actually saying the words. He surprised me yesterday by pointing to the corn and proudly saying "corrrn." I couldn't even remember the last time that I had told him that word!
When he first started talking, I couldn't get enough of the adorable way he was speaking. I would constantly quiz him and ask him to tell me what he was looking at. One thing I noticed, was that if I repeatedly asked him to tell me the same word he would stop saying it the third or fourth time. Sometimes I could see him searching for a word but not finding it, which would sometimes make him frustrated. I took a step back and realized that in my excitement to hear him, I was actually putting a lot of pressure on him to speak. After some thought, I decided to change my approach and let him lead the way. After all, it isn't fun to hang out with someone who constantly quizzes you. I imagine that if I was in a foreign country trying to learn the language, I would feel very uncomfortable trying out my new vocabulary if there was pressure on me to speak. The results have been quite noticeable in the past couple of weeks. Much to my surprise, instead of him speaking less, I get to hear that beautiful voice piping up even more than before! He continues to amaze me by remembering words and saying them unprompted. Plus, now it feels like a more respectful and natural way to communicate.
It is a great language tool, but also incredibly comfortable to sleep under. Thank you for the beautiful gift Mimi!