Speaking Two-eese and Learning to Spell

The other day, Alan met with a local kindergarten teacher, regarding an upcoming star gaze at her school, and they got to talking about the boys. You see, she teaches at the magnet school we are hoping to get Connor into, where they utilize an International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP). It is a very advanced program, designed for advanced students. Alan mentioned that we were looking into it for Connor (and of course the twins down the line), so she asked some questions about the boys and their development. And after their brief interview, it has become even more clear that this accelerated program will likely be the right fit.

letters2Connor continues to excel with his current preschool curriculum. He is always eager to learn, and masters the concepts quickly, which is especially exciting when I stop to remember that my 3 year old is in the 4-year-old program right now. When we aren’t working on the more structured lessons, Connor and I are continuing our endeavor towards reading and writing. He can identify all of the letters and almost all of their phonic sounds. He will constantly give me a new word and ask what letter it starts with. We then work together to sound it out and figure out the letter, and he does wonderfully at this. And he is starting to spell! Connor can spell his own name, as well as Mom and Dad, Ben and Alex. We are primarily focusing on three-letter words to begin with, since their structure is the most straightforward. For example, we work on spelling “cat,” and from there we can then spell “bat” and “mat”… you get the point.

A quick side note though, a downfall I have found to this spelling exercise… I wanted to teach Connor to spell “Mom” before “Mommy,” since the double-M and the Y that sounds like a vowel can be tricky to understand. But ever since I started quizzing him on how to spell Mom, that’s what he calls me. I’m not Mommy anymore. And it makes me sad! I don’t know why, but hearing “Mommy” from your little boy just seems to have that extra love in it that you don’t hear as clearly with plain old “Mom.” So now I’m making him call me Mommy again, even as we spell Mom :).

My next goal for Connor is to continue learning how to put together shorter words, but I also plan to begin having him write his letters. Through preschool, he has been practicing tracing, connecting the dots, drawing straight lines, drawing circles, and all of the necessary fine motor skills he needs. So I think we are ready to add the next step.

Meanwhile, my other little scholars continue to expand their “two-eese” vocabulary by leaps and bounds, still months ahead of turning 2 years old! At 21 months, they can say more words than I could possibly count, and they regularly string two and three-word sentences together. They understand virtually everything we tell them, and neither Alan nor I have ever been one to “dumb down” our conversations for our kids. They are also extremely good at articulating what they want, how they feel, and what they need. They know animal names and the sounds the animals make. They are beginning to memorize the Alphabet Song. And they are even beginning to understand colors, though right now everything is “blue-green,” at least to Alex.

Now proper pronunciation is still a way off for the twins, which is why we jokingly refer to their language as “two-eese.” But make no mistake, they are speaking 100-percent English, there’s no “twin-talk” made-up language in this house. The key to understanding them is to listen to the words, knowing which sounds they might be leaving out. It takes a little practice, and there are even times I have to translate for Alan because I am around them all day. Here is a quick translation of some of the most commonly used words and phrases that might be hard to understand:

Beh- Ben
Alah- Alex
Concon- Connor
Gogog- Doggie
Guck- Stuck
Jew- Juice
Wing- Swing
I La Loo- I love you
I Eee Oooh- I need you

I have to be perfectly honest, I love two-eese!!!!! They just sound so cute all the time! Hearing their tiny little voices create grown-up words in their own special way…. I can’t even describe how adorable and sweet it is. I wish I could have a tape recorder running 24 hours a day to capture it all, I would save and treasure that recording forever.

Of course, there are a few words that don’t come across so well in two-eese. For example: “sock.” The twins still don’t say their S’s very well, so this one typically comes out sounding like a different four-letter word with a much harsher connotation. I’ll let you figure it out. It’s pretty funny now, but I’m hoping and praying they don’t find the need to say “sock” in mixed company any time soon.

It is an amazing journey to watch my little men grow and learn something new each and every day. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ourbunch2011
    Jan 28, 2014 @ 07:19:25

    Thanks recently my twin girl has been saying I Eeee Oouh and I could not figure it out. Glad to be enlightened!


  2. srbknight
    Jan 28, 2014 @ 07:23:13

    Glad to help! It really is trial and error to figure out which sounds/letters they are leaving out =)


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