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Re: The little girl's cousin now starts her journey
« Reply #135 on: September 16, 2022, 07:31:07 AM »
Yesterday, the little sister and I were playing in the yard at their place. I took her to the pumpkin garden and pointed to a tiny green baby pumpkin the size of an egg.

"De," I told her. "De las."

I raised the vine leaves for her to reach for the pumpkin.

She just stomped at it with her right foot.

I instructed her again to use her hand and twist it off.

She stomped it again.

So, we didn't go anywhere with that.

I stopped and walked her back to other parts of the yard.

I know why she did that. A week ago, I took her through the vines and used my feet to part the leaves as we searched for pumpkins underneath the umbrella-like leaves. She remembered me doing that and so she took that one when I told her to pick up the baby pumpkin.

Unable to speak or say much yet, she's very curious about her environment. At other parts of the yard, we saw tiny bugs. She pointed at them without saying anything. But I knew she wanted to know what they were. I just said "kab nim, kab nim."

Then came the fallen dry leaves.

"Nplooj qhua," I said.

She picked up pebbles.

"Pob zeb," I said.

When I said, "pov tseg," and showed her how that was done, she threw them away. After a few, one went backward over her shoulders. She laughed about that.



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Re: The little girl's cousin now starts her journey
« Reply #136 on: September 22, 2022, 05:05:20 PM »
Cousin 4 has improved a lot now in her educational pursuits.

At an earlier visit to her aunt this week, the aunt had two toy items the same size: one house and one kitchen set.

"Mine. Mine. Mine," Cousin 4 said.

The aunt laid the toys side-by-side for Cousin 4 to play with.

"Kitchen in house," she said to the aunt. ("In house", not "in-house.")

She obviously knew that the kitchen should be inside the house and not be set outside.

Her number-counting ability has increased in both English and Hmong from one to ten. She counts a lot when we play hide-and-seek.

When she says "nice," she raises both thumps up to signal the meaning of that word.

There are more such as identifying all of the colors available at home and knowing all of the letters of the alphabet.

This is good progress, especially when she already entered her first official early-childhood-education class today.



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Re: The little girl's cousin now starts her journey
« Reply #137 on: September 28, 2022, 07:11:04 AM »
I let Cousin 4 play in my room for a bit while I went to the restroom. When I came back out, she had disappeared. So, did my post-it notes and some Shaolin toy.

I looked for her and found her out in the deck with the kid bike. She was transporting my items around...




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Re: The little girl's cousin now starts her journey
« Reply #138 on: September 28, 2022, 09:00:34 AM »
I called Cousin 4's mom yesterday to check on Cousin 4. Apparently, both Big Girl's little sister and Cousin 4 were
playing Cousin 4's kitchen set.

"Mine, mine, mine!" I heard Cousin 4 scream over the phone.

Her mom said that Cousin 4 just wouldn't let the little sister play the kitchen set.

"Share! Share! OK?" I said over the phone to Cousin 4.

Her grandma said Cousin 4 and the little girl now were competing for the phone to talk to me and that Cousin 4
was running with the phone away from the latter.  Big Girl's little sister can't talk yet but she understands what's said to her.

I heard both of their voices screaming.

"Tag kis R mam tuaj saib neb nawb," I said and slowly hung up the phone.


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Re: The little girl's cousin now starts her journey
« Reply #139 on: September 29, 2022, 05:20:55 PM »
Cousin 4 is learning to point to herself and speaking out her name.

Someone has taught her how to say "Me...(Cousin 4)."

But I have insisted on her saying "I am...(Cousin 4)."

She's slowly adjusting to that.

We were at the flea market today. I walked her around and she identified the various produce there.

"Watermelon!" she said as she saw three on the table.

Then came "peppa...orunge ....banana..." Etc.






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Re: The little girl's cousin now starts her journey
« Reply #140 on: October 01, 2022, 06:08:31 AM »
I had thought of Cousin 4 as a very physically-strong little lady, especially when she's
niece to that Olympic Gold Medalist,
Sunisa Lee. This little girl has climbed chairs,
sofas and other high places since she started crawling.
She has balanced herself very well, too, and have never fallen
from any of the places she has climbed onto.

But now I'm more willing to put my bet on Big Girl's little sister. At just a
little over a year, she has
walked and snapped out of crawling. But she has climbed tall chairs and
continues to try, despite falling and crying a few times. But what has impressed me the most is her
right hand grabbing large items: a cup or glass, she grabs the side and raises it up like Spiderman
holding a tank; a large granny apple, she grabs the side and raises it up to me; a
gourd, she grabs the side and raises it up to me; I give her
a big glass of water, she holds onto the side and drinks from it, etc. (I can
tell by now she is a right-hander. Cousin 4 has been writing and drawing more
with her left hand (she has been doing that since her scratching days), so she likely could
be a left-hander.)

When I took them to McDonald's yesterday and the server gave us a plastic cup for water, the
little ones were fighting over it. Cousin 4 was using both hands to pull it from the little sister, who
was just holding onto its side with her right hand. Cousin 4
had to yank it a few times very hard to take it away from the little sister. At first, the little
sister managed to pull it off Cousin 4's hands. Then Cousin 4 yanked harder and succeeded.
But that didn't come with ease.


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Re: The little girl's cousin now starts her journey
« Reply #141 on: October 01, 2022, 06:28:17 AM »
So, we went to an apple farm that I took Cousin 4 to last year.

On the way, Cousin 4 kept telling me "Me (Cousin 4). Me (Cousin 4)."

I told her again to say "I am (Cousin 4)." But, apparently, she isn't used to that yet. Probably too long? No.
But she has counted in English up to 20 already and knows so many words already, too.

"Big...chrwack," she uttered slowly as we passed by a semi on the highway. "I show you big...chrwack, R.
I show you big...chrwack."

I told her to be more precise by saying "semi-truck."

"Sheemai...chrw ack," she said.

When we saw the next one, she said "sheemai...chrw ack...sheemai. ..chrwack."

Then came several and she now reverted to "big...chrwack! Big...chrwack" again. "I show you big...chrwack!"

We passed by several cars. "Six  cars," she said.  Yes, she already counted them out. I verified that
number by quickly counting the two pickups and four sedans around us.

Then passed by a red semi.

"Fire!" she screamed out.

The little sister couldn't quite speak much yet. She's counted up to 2 in Hmong but anything else she
couldn't utter. Well, I thought that, but at home I handed her a toy banana and she said "na-na; na-na."
Her maternal grandmother thought this little girl knew how to say "squirrel" in Hmong already when she
heard the girl say that. But the little one has referred to a banana instead.

While on the hay ride going around the orchard, red apples of many kinds--honeychrisp, Halralson?, etc.--were hanging on well-lined up
trees. "Apples," I said to the little sister.

"Aaaaa-aaaaa," she said and stopped there.

"A-p--p--p-po...Apple," I said slowly.

"Aaaaa-aaaa," she said again.

"Paa-paa--paa--po," I said to her. "A-p-p-l-e."

She just stared at the lines of fruits as the tractor was pulling the hayed cart along.

At the petting ground, we saw sheep, goats, llamas, cows, and chickens. She wouldn't go close for photos. But when
I said "goat", "sheep", and "llamas," she said "maaa-ma." Then I said "me es," and she said "es-es." Couldn't go beyond
the simple vowel and the m, which probably stemmed from the "mommy" or "mama" that she grew up with right at home.

"Red apples," said Cousin 4. "Green apples...Chewe es! Chewees!"

"Firmer! Chrwackter!" she said on. "Firmer! Chrwackter!"



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Re: The little girl's cousin now starts her journey
« Reply #142 on: October 02, 2022, 01:42:50 AM »
Cousin 4 is very well-developed at her age and on her way to more. But how she started more slowly than the other cousins is due largely to her father's side of the family.  We met her paternal grandparents the other day and her grandmother said that it took her dad about four years to start speaking. He is very normal now as an adult, but that's what it took him to pick up on words.

Cousin 4's mother wasn't aware of this and has been very concerned and so she has pushed the little one extra hard very early on. She's still very worried and has put her through more and more.

Her maternal grandmother asked me if it was too much or inappropriate to push a little one that much into schooling. I said it's not inappropriate at all. I mentioned many child prodigies who have already gotten to the university at age 10.

We haven't pushed our children hard enough. I'm not even pushing them in any way at all.



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« Reply #143 on: October 02, 2022, 01:53:50 AM »
So, I was at Big Girl's family's home yesterday. The little sister walked up to me and wanted to sit by me at the dining table where I was snacking.

"De," I said to her as she was reaching for the grapes on the table.

She pulled one and it didn't come off the stems. I reached for the stems and yanked them a bit the other way of her pull and the grape fell off onto her little palm.

She handed that one to me and reached for another one.

"De," I said.

The same thing we did; the same thing happened.

She kept practicing picking. She wasn't eating any. I handed one to her mouth for her to bite and she shook her head away.


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