Okay, so reading might imply a bit more than she is doing, but Staley is learning how to sound out words. She knows her letters and the sounds they make, and in the past 2 weeks has made the connection that putting all those sounds together will make a word. And now she LOVES to try to read things around her. So far, her successes have been mostly 2, 3, and 4 letter words with the typical letter sounds. She can read words like 'cat', 'snap', 'up', hug'. Words with letter blends (like 'boy' or 'that') or multiple vowels (like 'meat' or 'four') are tricky. Staley needs help knowing which sound (long 'e' or short 'e', /s/ or /k/ for 'c') to use for which word. She still gets mixed up sometimes with the letters 'P', 'B', and 'D' and the sounds for 'G', 'Q', 'X', and 'Y'. And lower case letters can throw her for a loop. We're still a long way from sitting down to read a book (or even a 6 letter word). But watching Staley sound out H-A-T and, with a huge smile of epiphany, say "hat" makes me proud.
While her big sister is learning to decipher written communication, Adelie is trying to figure out this verbal communication thing. She has mastered screaming as an effective way to get noticed, but we're working on other modes of communication to make her needs known. She now has 6 signs-'more', 'eat', 'drink', 'milk', 'book', and 'all done'. I'm not convinced that she's totally grasped all their meanings, as she will often sign more-eat-drink all together at mealtime when wanting something. Just covering all her bases, I guess. Or I'll ask if she's done, and she'll sign 'all done' followed immediately by 'more'. So we've got a little more work to do, but it's a start. As far as verbal communication, Adelie's still consistent with 'dada'. She'll say 'dog' and 'duck', 'sissy' and 'sock'. She will occasionally say 'mama'. I've heard 'up', 'down', and 'yes' on one or two occasions. She'll tell you what sound a dog makes and a truck makes. And the other day, she clearly called out 'Elliott' several times as she was walking after her big cousin. But her go-to sound is 'da'. She'll often point at things and say 'da' or hold out something and say 'da' or, when asked to repeat a word, say 'da'. So when we ask her to use her words, at least Adelie has a few choices now.
I love watching my girls grow and learn. Reading and talking. Talking and reading. Both are great skills to have, but I'm kinda pushing for the talking right now. I still love reading to Staley. On the other hand, the screaming for communication? I could do without that.