Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Elijah's New Obsession

Elijah has a new obsession. We can't go anywhere or do anything without him displaying this fascination. He can sit still for up to half an hour when we indulge this passion. Elijah has discovered...the alphabet!

I suppose we shouldn't be too surprised given how much time our family spends reading books. Even so, I am absolutely delighted! One of Josiah's kindergarten objectives is to know every letter of the alphabet and the sound each letter makes. So, my 2-year old son (who happens to have Down Syndrome) is working on kindergarten level material! I know other two year olds already know their alphabet, but that doesn't make me any less proud of Elijah.

Anywhere we go Elijah points to the letters and waits for us to identify them. His favorite attraction at the Dupage Children's Museum was their art gallery. He didn't look at the art work though. He stood in front of the large sign and pointed at each letter in the word "Gallery" (the only word that was at his height) over and over and over again. When he sits in a grocery cart he points and the letters on the handle. He screams when it is time to put away his alphabet books. (OK, he actually screams anytime we take a book away from him). Anytime he notices the letter "A" he points and declares "A!" He can also identify the letters "E," "F" and sometimes "M." (Which also shows that his speech is beginning to progress more).

I often sit and write the alphabet for him on a Magna Doodle on letter at a time. He will sit through the entire alphabet and then sign, "more!" On some days I have gone through the entire alphabet three or four times and he still asks for more. Whenever I sing the alphabet song I also sign each letter. Now when he hears me sing the alphabet song he moves his hand around as if he were signing the letters with me. It's so cute!

This is one obsession that Al and I are happy to indulge!


Tee said...

How exciting!! You must be so proud. It's great when a child shows such an interest in something above grade level. I'm glad he'll be getting a head start.

My son Julian is in Kindergarten. His whole first week they did a lot of alphabet stuff and read the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. We have the same book at home and so Julian began asking me to read it every night lately.

I highly recommend it. It's got a good rhythm, it's colorful, and the story is cute.

Ellen said...

Tee - thanks for your comment. Yes, we have "Chick Chicka Boom Boom" too. It's a great book. I'll have to find it and see if it will hold Elijah's attention. For some reason he can sit for a long time to go through the alphabet, but he refuses to let us read books to him straight through. I think the pictures in books distract him or something...