Havin’ a Ball!

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2 thoughts on “Havin’ a Ball!”

  1. My baby brother was three years old and had never been to nursery school when one day at the supermarket he pointed at a sign and read it out loud. It took Mother a while to realize that he had learned to read by watching Sesame Street.

  2. I love this. I often tell a story similar to this, about playing “ball” with my three children when they were old enough only to sit up. I held up a ball, talked about the ball, tossed them the ball, caught the ball when it rolled back off of their tummies. “Is there any reason why they wouldn’t know what ball means?” That’s how I introduce how I will be teaching them each year.

    My son’s first words were in Arabic. His caregiver was the mother of of students I was teaching, and every day when she brought him to me when I picked him up, she would say “boos” (transliteration) and he would kiss her. Then came the day when he looked at her and said “boos”. He took 4 years of Latin in high school. Now, he’s taking on Japanese in college and talking about study abroad in Japan next year. He’s known how to navigate language since he was a baby. We all do, but we don’t all believe that.

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