Right before New Year’s, I had the amazing opportunity to visit a warehouse where floats for the Rose Bowl Parade were being assembled. Wanting to share my experience, I sent photos to friends and family. Showing the photos to her two-year old, a friend’s son looked at the photo to the left and said with excitement “Rudolph!”
Of course, Christmas had just past and Rudolph is a featured character. But he didn’t say “Santa!”
What is so cool is that he made some assumptions about the character in the photo. He knew it was not a person. He knew it was not food. Perhaps he noticed the brown fur, big eyes and a prominent nose. And like a scientist, he made a prediction and tested it out, “Rudolph.”
Engage your child in conversations. Celebrate and describe his mistakes. Talk about what both of you are seeing, hearing and thinking. Research shows that through conversations with adults, children can build advanced language and cognitive abilities.