They teach each other

Emer is learning make-believe much faster than Linnea did, and it’s because she watches Linnea doing it. She copies what Linnea does – hard-legged plastic animals prickle their way up my shin and down my thigh and across the vast plain of my abdomen. Emer says her animals stop for mama milk; Linnea tells me to stop talking and be a lake.

Emer went from half a dozen words in daily use to thirty or more in less than a fortnight. She’s experimenting with little two-word sentences. She has hauled out all her old words (she used to learn a word, use it for a week or so, then put it away while she learned a new one) and is working on some more.
Linnea likes to read signs, when we’re out, and responds incredibly badly to criticism – correction or criticism (sometimes it’s hard to work out which I’ve perpetrated) can result in a total lockdown and refusal to attempt further academic-type work.
Emer doesn’t always want to learn what Linnea wants to teach. Linnea is learning to cope with this.
  1. Radegund’s avatar

    Emer seems to have a very well-ordered mind. I love the idea of working on language one word at a time.

    Correction and criticism are hard. I try not to correct at all, if I can avoid it, but I sometimes wonder if that’s always a good strategy. Am I just overcompensating for a very corrected childhood?



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