After some cold wintry months, Spring is finally here! Here is a glimpse of the happenings this past few weeks..
- We registered Adith for Kindergarten. There was a small screening and the teacher remarked that he did very well ( she probably says that to everyone but we were happy to hear it anyway!). We already know 4 boys who are entering kindergarten in the same school ( our friends’ kids) so hoping he would have some company. He was very excited to see the big yellow School Buses in the school campus and proudly said “I will be going to school in the yellow school bus like the big kids next year”. Fingers crossed for a smooth transition and a good academic year.
- It has been more than 7 months since his activation and I have hardly had him asking for repetitions. The Cochlear Implant is indeed amazing – I noticed that he could hear me even with running water in the kitchen sink. The other day he said that he wants a cochlear implant in his other ear as well so that he can hear still better! This is testimony to the fact that there is a huge difference between the implant and the hearing aid.
- We speak to Nivedh almost entirely in Malayalam and Adith’s comprehension of Malayalam language has improved significantly. Often when I speak to Nivedh, Adith makes remarks in English which is fitting to the context. What is funny is that Nivedh seems to be talking more in English than Malayalam, his favorite lines being “I want to”, “Give me step stool”, “What mamma?” and “Wait for me”. He says the last one even if its just me and him and he is running ahead of me, its too funny!
This being the last year at DePaul, I wanted to sit down and work on his language and speech skills but it is not happening as much as I want to. The activities that we do at home are going through his Language Experience sheets, Vocabulary sheets (these are from school and I have the previous years’ as well) and practice Speech (School sheets plus I have a separate folder with sheets I have printed out from websites) and these days we practice a little bit of writing alphabets as well.
Here is us practicing initial ‘f’ in sentences. The video was taken by Adith and hence the shaking. I spent a good half an hour now trying to find out the website but had no luck (I had printed it out 2 years back). It is a great worksheet for practicing f in sentences.
Have a great Spring!