While the Bibliophile can now speak just fine, it still isn't always easy to discern two year old speak. He has developed a rather unique way of expressing himself. We had this conversation at the park yesterday. He ran up to me and asked, out of the blue:
Bibliophile: What does el mean?
Bibliophile: yes. E-llllllllllllll.
Me: Like E-L? A-L? I'm not sure what you mean, honey.
Bibliophile: dit / di-da-di-dit
Me: Uh, how did you hear it?
Bibliophile: in Spanish
Me: Oh! "El" means "the" in Spanish.
|Last year with Daddy's ham radio|
He learned Morse Code mostly from play quizzing as he and Daddy went on walks together in his stroller. He also has a (Dad-written) computer game that they play now and then together, and I added a couple of free games/tutorials to my iPhone. If anyone else really feels the need to teach their child this, there are plenty of free resources available online.
I am linking this post up with Science Sunday at Adventures in Mommyness. As he gets a bit older, there will be more opportunities for ham radio related science learning. The Bibliophile's dad helped to arrange a ham radio call with the Space Station for a local elementary school earlier this year. We considered bringing the Bibliophile, but decided he might not be quiet at the appropriate times. Someday, we'll also try this fun experiment (last one on the page) for making a room-to-room morse code transmitter using a battery, switch, and light. The "key" in the photo on the left will also be wired up to something someday to make the morse code beep sounds. As you can see, he's practicing.
For now, he just uses his Morse Code as an extra way to communicate when we can't understand him, to charm geeky strangers, and to assist his toy bath boats to make SOS calls when they are sinking.
Question: What quirky talents or interests do your kids have?