Thursday, July 12, 2012

Little Sis makes Big Strides

Seems like little sister is learning more than I would have ever imagined. So here is the speech therapist in me talking, but little sister is 18 months and a few weeks ago she was only saying a couple of very simple single words. Since this homeschooling agenda has started, I have been making an extra effort to give her special 1:1 time with mom to read books, play etc. This usually happens at 6:30 in the morning when big sister is still sleeping. And this past week she has shown me how much she is blossoming and she is amazing me every second of the way. 

She is now saying some three word phrases, following directions , and taking the initiative in our religious development. How, you ask? Well one day this week the morning was a little busy and I skipped our usual routine of washing hands and praying. But at 5pm, little sister made sure I remembered.

 She went over to the bookcase on her own, pulled out our siddurim (prayer books) and handed them out to me and her big sister. She then walked over to the dining room table where we usually pray and started calling out "sit down, sit down".  So we did and we prayed.

Then big sister said she needed to use the bathroom and little sister followed suit pulling at her diaper. She then sat on our little potty and actually made!
She then walked over to the sink and started to do netilat yadayim (ritual washing of the hands). It gets even better. She walked out of the restroom to say the blessing on washing hands. See video below:

Little sister is clearly learning through observation. Can't wait to see what other tricks she has up her sleeves.

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