axon, my little peanut has been eleven months old for a couple weeks now. See is photo here. I’ve been kind of sad to write this because he is quickly growing and will soon be a year old. I can’t believe it has almost been a year since he was born…(happy tear). I love him more and more each day!
I love his little giggles…his happy screams! His little voice when we are in the car. The way he tries to eat my nose and click his tongue. How he stands on his tippy toes to reach all those things he shouldn’t. And how he climbs up the baby gate…such a little monkey. He is so strong! He would be a good linebacker. His daddy wants him to play pee-wee football. I think maybe he might be a dancer…he could be both. Haha! We watch cartoons every morning together and when they start to sing, he sits up with his feet under his bottom and moves back and forth to try to dance. The other day a commercial came on and out of no where he started to dance and smile. Such a happy baby. This past month Jaxon has mastered a few things…waving bye-bye, drinking out of a sippy cup and sneaking waffles to George when I am not looking! Now he is learning how to clap, but even more determined to walk…very soon! He took a few baby steps from the couch, but then fell on his bottom. I am nervous I am going to miss the big moment…so I always have my iphone ready!
We had such a fun first christmas! It was actually the first year that Thomas and I spent it together, we had always went our separate ways, which we hated to do but they were always at the same time. This year we had no rushing and we stayed in our pajamas all day! Jaxon opened a dump truck (which he loves) and some puzzles and blocks from Santa. We just wrapped a few toys because we knew our families would get him more. And they did. Lots.
I am excited to introduce to you, two guest bloggers, Emily Patterson and Kathleen Thomas. Emily and Kathleen are Communications Coordinators for the network of Austin child care facilities belonging to the AdvancED® accredited family of Primrose child care schools. Primrose Schools are located in 16 states throughout the U.S. and are dedicated to delivering progressive, early childhood, Balanced Learning® curriculum throughout their preschools.
Today they are sharing and article on Early Childhood Education, specifically on how to teach your child to learn a second language. Something that I have been thinking about. Jaxon and I watch Handy Manny every morning on the Disney Channel. It teaches young children the beginnings of Spanish (there is also a french version) and the importance of cultural diversity. Thank you, Emily and Kathleen, for this helpful advice!
Enjoy this weekend read! Laura …
The Best Time For Bilingual Learning
Despite the calls for greater co-operation and “interdependence,” human nature being what it is, it’s a good bet that the economy of the future will operate according to the Law of the Jungle. While no one really knows what the future will hold, if this economic trend continues, our child will be sure to grow up in a environment that is nothing short of cut-throat. It goes without saying that a good education is one of the best ways to prepare our child for the future.
The Bilingual Future The existence of a diverse, global society is nowhere more true than in the United States. Almost from the beginning, the U.S. has been a land of immigrants, and while the “melting pot” has been an interesting theory, it has not happened in practice. On the contrary, most major U.S. population centers have become more of an ethnic and linguistic checkerboard; Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese and Chinese speakers represent some of the fastest-growing segments of the immigrant U.S. population.
Getting Ready Believe it or not, the best time to get ready is during the early ages of 2 to 5. While traditional wisdom has been to start teaching a second language in middle school, or even high school, research has shown that this teaching can begin with their parents at home or at a child care facilities. Studies clearly demonstrate that the optimal period in a child’s life for multilingual education is during the preschool years — at exactly the same time they are learning their first language. Yes, it is possible to learn a second and third language later in life, but it is more difficult, because that neurological “window of opportunity” — when the brain is most malleable — has passed. Parent need not to worry about it interfering with them learning their first (native) language either. According to Dr. Fred Genessee, Professor of Psychology at McGill University in Montreal, and many others, it’s just as easy for young children to learn two or three languages as it is for them to learn one.
The best and quickest way for a child to learn a second language is by actually speaking it in a total immersion environment. Anyone who has taken young children abroad to stay with relatives in a foreign country for any length of time has observed this happening. While not every child can experience the second language in its natural environment, parents can take an active role and try to find unique ways to being the culture and environment to them!
"I know there are so many baby blogs out there that post pictures all the time of their little ones. I just have a weird complex about it. I don’t know why or how it came about…maybe you can help me through it. I guess I just don’t want them all floating around the internet. Hmmm…is that silly? Please let me know your thoughts and maybe I will start posting more of my little peanut, Jaxon."
I don't think it's silly, at all! I wouldn't feel comfortable putting pictures of my kids online either.
Love your blog btw!
Oh thank you! There’s a few floating around now…my family keeping wanting to see more photos so I just easy to say…go to my blog! :)
ooth? a tooth! I never thought the day would come…Jaxon’s very first tooth has broke through his gums. Soon he will have a mouthful of pearly whites. I tried to take a photo for his baby book…eh, maybe another day.
So much has happened since Jaxon turned ten months old. See his photo here. He said ‘Mom Ma’…finally! Daddy is just thrilled about that…haha. I taught him how to give kisses…when I smack my lips, he gives his lips a little lick, sticks his tongue out a bit and makes the most adorable smacking noise. Just melts my heart. He can wave bye-bye now too! Sometimes he likes to cuddle, well just for a few minutes at a time. He’s a little wiggly…can’t sit still or miss a thing, just like his daddy. Shakes his head no and laughs at you when you say ‘No’. (we are working on that.) He is so determined take his first steps by himself. Very soon. I’m thinking by Christmas he will be wobbling all over the place.
Even though Jaxon wasn’t feeling well, he was so handsome at Aunt Jessi and Uncle Murphy’s wedding this past weekend…he looked like a little irish boy with his hat, skinny pants and tiny red tie. Photos to come!
ace car driver…that’s what Thomas wanted Jaxon to be for Halloween, but instead he went as Oscar the Grouch to his very first party. He had so much fun playing with all the big kids. I can’t wait to take him trick-or-treating! There are so many ‘firsts’ that are still to come. This month we took a trip to the pumpkin patch, Jaxon sat on some prize winners and we took a great family photo. He visited his great great aunt and uncle too…they were so happy to see him! He also meet his new little cousin, Bryce for the first time. It’s hard to imagine Jaxon was ever that tiny.
He is becoming such a little boy…nine months old already! See his photo here. So speedy…always crawling behind the couch from one end to the other. He likes to crawl over George and pull on his ears, it’s hilarious. He enjoys banging on the front door like a drum, yelling ‘Da Da’. One of these days he will say ‘Mom Ma’. He even takes baths in the bathtub now…loves it! This past weekend he stood up by himself for the first time…ahhh, just makes me want to cry.
Next month Aunt Jessi [Thomas’ sister] is getting married. We are also getting our family photos taken by my friend Mike! Oh and thanksgiving…sweet potatoes are his favorite!