Two years have passed

L. turned 2 at the end of December. She has changed a lot and grown a lot. Here is an overview on her focusing mainly on her language development (Her words and sentences are in italics).

As for her personality, she’s quite different from her big sister. She is very sociable, both with kids and adults. She likes to hug and give kisses. She is sensitive and emotional. She easily bursts into tears, however, it is easy to calm her down with a bit of cuddling. She often asks me if I’m angry or happy: – Mommy, you happy?

Likes:

  • playing with cars, trains, diggers, and other vehicles
  • playdough
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  • riding a bouncy horse
  • scribbling
  • putting on shoes and boots even at home
  • stealing my mobile phone and looking at the pictures or calling someone
  • pasta, raw broccoli, sausages (“kolbász”)
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  • watching Blippi videos
  • carrying handbags around
  • turning on the computer

Her favourite songs in English are:

Her favourite songs in Hungarian are:

Her favourite books are (the list is not exhaustive) – English

  • Maisy books (like Maisy’s bathtime)
  • Touchy-feely books (like Halloween DK book)
  • Lift the flap books (Fox’s socks by Juia Donaldson)
  • Push the button books (like Incy-wincy spider or Busy vehicles)
  • Books about feelings and emotions (like Sometimes I feel sunny by Gillian Shield)
  • We’re going on a bear hunt

-Hungarian

  • Berry and Dolly books
  • Mit? Hogyan Miért? book series (like Mentőjárművek)
  • Barátnőm Bori books

Dislikes:

  • when I brush her teeth and she can’t do it alone (I do it)
  • putting a musline square around her neck while eating
  • walking up the stairs  (Pick up)
  • meat (except salami and sausage)
  • sleep alone

Her language abilities are amazing in both languages. As far as I can jugde objectively, her Hungarian and English are on the same level. There are words and expressions that she knows in both languages:

napkin – szalvéta

heart –  szivecske

Can I get it? – Kérem szépen.

Thank you. – Köszönöm

car – autó

potty – bili

There are some words she knows only in English:

bathroom

toilet, loo

hug

Or only in Hungarian:

baba (=doll)

Melyiket választod? (=Which one do you choose?)

Szerintem. (=I think)

She knows synonyms as well:

pants, knickers

toilet, loo

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(I can’t think of any Hungarian words at the moments)

Her 22nd month was the most outstanding concerning her language development. She started to create her very first and very own sentences. On the same day at the beginning of October she said her first sentences:

We are hungry.

We are eating.

Is it broken?

In December she was capable of saying these utterances:

I can eat the strawberry and the apple too.

What shall we do?

Where are you going? (Asking me when I’m leaving home)

Here is my boob and I can touch it (After bathtime, exploring her body)

Towards the end of last year (around November) she started to mix the 2 languages notably. Even within the same sentece. After 2-3 months she corrects herself when using a word in the wrong language. Still, she is mixing them, which is perfectly normal and quite amusing. (Here is an interesting article to read about code-switching.)

Poor grandparents, sometimes they have a really hard time to figure out what she wants to say.

When trying to crawl under our bed: – Look, Momm, I put my “fej” in (fej=head)

When Daddy was trying to hug her: Nem akarok “hug”-ni. (I don’t want to hug)

When we played hide and seek: – I will “elbúj”

She makes very interesting mistakes both grammar- and vocabulary-wise:

  • Double objects: -Can I get it, tractor?
  • Double possessive: – This is for mine. This is for Mommy’s.
  • Wrong use of past: – Can you seed it? (Could you see it?)
  • Mixing syllables: feke=kefe (brush in Hungarian)
    cesond course=second course

There are a lot of times when E. and L. play together in English.

During the night it’s not unusual to hear her talking in English in her dreams.

L. can easily make herself understood when our native nanny is around.

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I’m really proud of my darling. Keep up the good work and always stay a bundle of joy! Happy 2nd birthday, Sweetheart!

 

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Match the lids

Little L. loves taking off and putting on lids of all kinds of containers like plastic boxes, lip balms, jars etc. So I collected a few unused containers, empty bottles and jars to entertain her and help improve her fine motor skills.

Here are the different containers I found around the house.

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I took the tops off and put the all in a shoebox:

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Little feet came to explore:

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She loved finding the matching tops, what’s more she didn’t make a mistake at all. Wow!

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We managed to play with the box once. Ever since the tops and containers have been lying all around except for the lip balm, which is the greatest treasure.

It’s L.’s favourite and whenever she can’t find it she asks for it: Can I get it, Labello? or L. find it

Autumn tree with a dropper

Thanks to our Helen Doron teacher we have 2 really easy-to-use droppers we put in use as soon as we got them.

I took out some cotton pads, coloured some water with food colouring in little cups and the dropping could start.

To be honest, I tried the droppers with Little L. while E. was in kindergarten so the initial excitement fades a little away when E. starts working o the colouring project.

On a tray I put 2 pieces of kitchen roll in front of her, plus the autumn colours: brown, orange, yellow, red and green. (Mind you, not at once. She got 3 colours at a time and I changed one colour from time to time)

And she was mesmerised:

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We went to pick E. up from the kindergarten and when we arrived home this had been waiting for them:

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E. got really excited and L. was also happy to see the droppers again.

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E. noticed that all the colours are connected to autumn. She chose the colour combinations very accurately and used the dropper very gently.

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Not like Little L.

She was pushing, stirring, squeezing the dropper. She had lots of fun too.

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After having finished with 2 sets of cotton pads, we let them dry. Then on another day we took them out and painted a tree for them. E. stuck up all the “leaves”.

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We still had some more painted cotton pads.

– But Mommy I don’t want to make another tree.

– Make a bush, then.

Her eyes started to glow with excitement. I got her a new sheet and she did make a bush.

During the making of the autumn tree and bush Little L. were playing with our new nanny. Yes, yes, we’ve got a new native nanny. But I’ll write about her in another post.

Shape board for toddlers

The time has come when Little L. started to have great interest in shapes.

She enjoys playing with the shape sorting cube or the Tomy’s shape and colour sorting eggs:

Her favourite shapes (the ones that she can also say):

  • star
  • crescent moon
  • circle
  • heart (although she always says “szívecske” in Hungarian in the first place)

So I made a shape board for her with some basic shapes and, of course, her favourites.

What you need:

  • a bigger piece of cardboard (mine is a side of a big box)
  • sticky Velcro
  • felt and/or foam sheets
  • shape template (if you can’t draw like me)
  • scissors
  • black marker
  • envelope (optional)
  • If you have an elder child, they can also help with the preparation (mine was too busy watching Alphablocks I wouldn’t have disturbed her for all the world.

How to make it:

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  1. I cut out the template shapes printed from the internet.
  2. I drew the shapes on the cardboard (add strong contours with a thick-tip black marker), then on foam and felt pieces.
  3. I cut out the shapes from felt and foam.
  4. I stuck the velcro on the shapes and on the cardboard (in the middle of the shapes).
  5. I glued an envelope on the back where we can store the shapes when we’re not playing with them.20170903_115817

Ever since I finished it she’s been loving to play with it.

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Checking the rough surface of the Velcro
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Starting the matching
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Busy working

Finished!

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If you want to read about what other shape activities we do or did with E. when she was a little toddler checki it our on the link above.

Language developement for L.

I really need to catch up with Baby L.’s vocabulary for the 19th and 20th months as she is getting closer and closer to her 2nd birthday.

 

In the 19th month she started babbling A LOT but with more and more resemblance to real words could clearly be noticed:

English expressions                              Hungarian expressions

cheese                                                                                     sajt

Ok                                                                                             –

bus                                                                                           busz

pigeon (pronounced as ˈpɪdʒi )                                           –

(to)mato                                                                                  –

windy                                                                                     –

sit down                                                                                –

cake                                                                                       –

happy                                                                                   –

pushing (the button on the lift)                                      –

knife                                                                                     –

–                                                                                             nemakami (I don’t want to)

–                                                                                             nemtud (I don’t know)

–                                                                                             puszi (kiss)

–                                                                                             tessék (here you are)

–                                                                                             bicicli (bicycle)

–                                                                                             azta! (wow)

– choo-choo t(r)ain                                                            vonat

– money                                                                              pínz (pénz)

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With the 20th month her utterances were more and more understandable. She started chanting songs in both languages, counting, imitating animal sounds, making her first word combinations, to mention a few of her fantastic speech development. It’s fantastic to see that even her grammar is slowly developing (She can say Mommy’s, E.’s, L.’s or the plural of the Hungarian greeting word sziasztok).

English expressions                                 Hungarian expressions

Sit down, Mommy!                                                                      –

naughty                                                                                         –

Sorry (sounds like sorray)                                                  bocsi

tap                                                                                                  –

cold                                                                                         (h)ideg

broken                                                                                    eltört

second                                                                                         –

come/coming                                                                            –

Hi/Hello                                                                                    szia, szia(sz)tok

wait                                                                                             –

banana(nana)                                                                        banán

fork                                                                                          villa

(s)nake                                                                                      –

miaow                                                                                    miáú

Mommy’s                                                                                 –

he(l)p                                                                                        –

other                                                                                       másik/másikat

mine (from Spot goes to the Circus)                                enyém

I’m hot, I’m sick (from Doctor duck)                                 –

dirty                                                                                        –

head                                                                                        –

fall down                                                                               leesik a maci

yes                                                                                          igen

back                                                                                       vissza

man                                                                                        bácsi

lady                                                                                        néni

–                                                                                               pici (tiny)/ kicsi (small)

–                                                                                              nagy (big)

–                                                                                              pecsét (stamp)

–                                                                                              telcsi (mobile phone)

–                                                                                             Ne sírjál! (Don’t cry)

–                                                                                             kész-passz (finished)

knife (last month’s word)                                                kés (this month word)

girl                                                                                        kislány

boy                                                                                        –

–                                                                                             pancsi (bath)

–                                                                                             vacsi (dinner)

–                                                                                             nyaka (his neck)

–                                                                                            fakanál (wooden spoon)

–                                                                                             feldőlt (fall over)

–                                                                                             pukkan (burst)

–                                                                                             tapéta

–  nice                                                                                   szíp (szép)

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The Hungarian rhymes and songs she is chanting or singing (not perfectly, but it’s recognisable and some words a really clear):

Pont, pont vesszőcske (this was E.’s first Hungarian chant, too)
Boci, boci, tarka (and this was the second)
Hinta, palinta hintázik a tickle, tickle tickle (a little bit of mixing languages)

English rhymes and songs:

Incy-wincy spider
Wheels on the bus (she knows the end of the lines, like swish, open and shut, beep-beep, up and down and the last line of each verse: all day loooooong)
1-2-3 I’m L. who are you? (the Helen Doron lesson beginning greeting part)

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She loves music and dancing

E. taught her funny words or word combinations in Hungarian like “kicsi pecsét” (small stamp) and “kis próba” (small rehearsal) and they have fun time when L. repeats these expressions.

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She learns everything from her big sister

She is very communicative and social with everyone. She says hello on the street to EVERYone, identifies the people: man, lady, girl, boy, doggie, miaow, pigeon, bus, truck etc. Sometimes it feels she talks from the moment she opens her eyes in the morning till she closes them in the evening.

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The three of us on a choo-choo train ride

Sometimes she stops me in whatever I’m doing because she wants to say something. She talks for minimum a minute or two. Here and there I catch a few words but I don’t really understand what she’s talking about. But she’s dead serious about her message. She’s just too cute and loveable.