Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Padyn's Little Star

I've been flooding this blog lately with information about Kate, and I'm feeling bad for my first child. Really, I haven't flushed her down the toilet yet. She is still living with us, and in mostly good condition. I think I've been neglecting her in my writing lately because Kate's progress is so much more noticeable...and louder. Then there was the birthday...that eats up alot of space. But really! Padyn is still cute! She still says adorable things! She still can drive me crazy at the drop of a hat!

So, in order to make sure all stays fair and even with my two girls, let me tell you about two things that Padyn does lately.

First, she likes to change words. It's her way of trying out the language. She's figured out rhyming and a bit of word play, so now she tries to be entertaining with her new found skills. Sometimes it is very clever. Sometimes it just makes no sense. Like, take Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, just as an example. She sings it almost daily, but instead of star, she says "cuckoo ball." It comes out sounding like "cuckoo bah" but I clarified with her that, in fact, it is "ball." So, the song goes like this:

Twinkle twinkle little cuckoo ball
How I wonder what you cuckoo
Up above the world so high
Like a cuckoo ball in the sky
Twinkle twinkle little cuckoo ball
How I wonder what you cuckoo

My main concern? Katelyn will think for too long that this is the true rendition of this classic piece. She has been heard singing it this way, too.

The other new thing she's been trying out is negotiating. She's not very good at it, and it hardly ever works, but she's trying. For instance, tonight she wanted to use the bath finger paints during bath time. I had already agreed to bubble bath, and I didn't feel like cleaning up the paints, so I said no, she could paint tomorrow since she has bubbles tonight.

Her response? Imagine the poutiest voice possible. You got it? Now read this with that voice in mind:

If you don't let me do paint in the bath, I'm not going to get in.

To which I responded, "Fine. You don't have to get in. But if you don't get in, I won't be reading you a story at bedtime."

See how I am all about the learning experiences and developing langague skills with my kids? Right there we had a mini-lesson on the conditional form.

Just so you know, she decided to take a bath.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/lyrics/twinkle.htm....CHECK THIS SITE OUT RIGHT TO THE END ABOUT THE FRENCH TRANSLATION...THEN GIVE PADYN WHAT WE CALL A "LOLLY"...PERHAPS SHE KNOWS A LOT MORE THAN WE THINK...WAY TO GO PADYN!! KAZZ

Brand New Momma said...

Very creative Padyn! I like your version better than the real one.