Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Evidence: the Sign

Not so long ago, a game of friendly banter was waged between my BFF and I. The topic of controversial discourse? Keller's ability to sign.

As in: sign language.

As in: communicate with his hands.
Her take: it was all a farce, the 'approximations' I claimed to be witness to were mere gesticulations with no rhyme or reason.

My stance: Nuh-uh! He's actually talking!

Well, as you can well see, such a "logical, intellectual" diatribe really had nowhere to go fast.

Enter a recent trip to the library. I had taken KellerMan to play with the puzzles, and discovered an elephant. Not just any old elephant: a huge, lifelike, rubbery-yet-thick-skinned elephant. I promptly took the pachyderm from the shelf, put it on the table, and plopped Keller on the bench beside.

He was totally absorbed in the creature. He began jabbering excitedly, telling me all about it. THEN . . . it happened. The synapses of his brain, which have repeatedly watched a baby signing video that signs "elephant" connected ~ and there he stood before me: signing the word elephant in all his almost 18 month old glory! WOOHOOO! I snapped yet another photo, and caught the act on film!



I was soon to be thrilled yet again. The GilGuy, capturing some KBoyz pics, also included a few snapshots of me reading to them. In one picture was stunned to find both Keller following my lead on the sign for giraffe! YEEEHAW! :D


So, I humbly submit my pictorial evidence today for two reasons:

1. Reader enjoyment. After all, it's what ChoiceCentral is all about.

and

2. To add just a little friendly fuel to the fire of the fracas my pal and I have going on.

:D

Gotta love it!

25 comments:

Karen (KayKay) said...

Oh, he's definitely signing! I didn't know about it when my kids were little, but I've watched my sisters teach their kids to sign - what a great thing.

Charlotte said...

Signing was huge for our oldest. It relieved a bunch of frustration (more and all done) and was lots of fun. She blew a kiss for thank you and got lots of attention for it. All the kids at church loved her animal signs. They do make little changes on their own to what you teach them.

knit1kids4 said...

My mom became a believer the first time my son signed "more juice please" to her. She didn't think it was a good idea till that happened and she knew just what he wanted!

mary grace said...

I never got the whole signing thing ("Why not just put all that energy into TALKING?!?!") until Oliver came along. Without signing, we would STILL be in the dark as to what he's thinking. Now, with Manolin, we're signing again. It truly is a gift to the parents AND the babes.

Sharon said...

That is too cool! :)

~ Denise ~ said...

..um, so I'm a few days late getting to THIS post, however...stay tuned, my friend. Friendly fire coming your way soon! lol ;)

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