Tuesday, November 24, 2009

losing track of words

It was not that long ago that I bragged about tracking Griffin's vocabulary in French and English on a spreadsheet...and now he has so many new words every day that I'm hopelessly behind! Despite all the scrawled notes ("diaper," "chemise mommy," "want that," and such) that I rediscover around the house, in the diaper bag, and at my desk, I've fallen so far behind on actually entering them and pinpointing their debut date that I suspect my spreadsheet has lost its usefulness.

Griffin has also turned into a true parrot in the past two weeks, repeating nearly everything he hears (or the last word or two of someone else's sentence when he's paying attention, at least). So I'm also trying to document when he says one of those recently repeated words on his own, without prompting, in context.

For example, today he tried on some of the yard sale outfits that his grammy found for him, including a snazzy outfit with a red velvet vest, matching bow tie, porkpie hat, and suspenders. He repeated the word "bretelles" (suspenders) several times, but until he sees someone else wearing suspenders and identifies them as such on his own, then I won't count "bretelles" as part of his vocabulary list.

(I've decided this also applies to the one curse he seemed to have picked up--"Nuts!"--which he said over and over for a short time but fortunately hasn't used since.)

I really need to update that spreadsheet and get all his words recorded in one place...nuts!


  1. I feel happy that you started to teach french to your son at this age. Both Griffin and Carl are looking really cute.
    My hearty wishes for your teaching experiences every day. Lol.

  2. Great post! I am a college sophomore with a dual major in Physics and Mathematics @ University of California, Santa Barbara. By the way, i came across these excellent english flashcards. Its also a great initiative by the FunnelBrain team. Amazing!!!