Just how much kids pick up from the world around them is amazing. Each day some new words are added to their vocabularies, used correctly and leave parents asking just when did this happen. By way of explanation a few recent examples from our 2-year-old.
As she was exploring the office she picked up something breakable. “We need to be careful with that,” I reminded her.
“Because it’s fragile?” she asked. Now the pronunciation was a little more like frag-gile but the meaning was clear. As she went on exploring I wondered where along the way she had added fragile to her vocabulary.
While vocabulary is part of it kids also notice far more than we imagine. Recently she came excitedly into the office and rattled off a story. With excitement taking the place of usually good speech it was left to just a few words that were intelligible. Mom, broken and glue were the three that made it through. As she was in the other room working with mom on something that seemed reasonable. A few minutes later mom joined us and Rosalind told her story a little more calmly. She was in search of glue to repair the broken tail on one of her model horses.