Friday, November 18, 2011

NaBloPoMo Day 18: HY-POP-OSIS

Little One just turned 3 years old last week and the things that she comes up with just blow me away. For instance, she was playing with a ball and then found a hoop to put around the ball and told me, "Look, Mom! It's a planet! It's Saturn!"

Just yesterday, she looked up at me and said, "Mommy! I have an idea! I have a HY-POP-OSIS!"
I certainly did not know the word "hypothesis" when I was her age!

Toddlers amaze me.

I'm in constant awe of what Little One knows and what she connects and understands. She's like a sponge, soaking everything up.

It makes sense if you think of it though. In the first few years of a young child's life, their brains are establishing and reinforcing connections. Connections are formed when impulses are sent and received between neurons. At little one's age right now, synapses are becoming more and more complex. Right now, there's a lot going on in that head of hers! It's just so amazing!

I never knew how exciting each stage of development would be. I didn't realize how fabulous and intriguing it would be to see and witness firsthand how a baby/toddler/child learns and develops. I get that feeling when my students grasp a new concept or learn a new skill. It's exciting, but it's not the same. No, I had no idea how fulfilling this would be...until I became a parent.

Toddlers really, really amaze me!


Calfkeeper said...

Yes, toddlers' memory retention always amazes me. Ellen remembers things from a year or two ago, things that I have forgotten. Something will happen that triggers her memory and she will casually mention it.

What is also incredible is when they use a long word with the correct connotation; idea, hy-pop-osis. She knew exactly what it meant and when to use it.

caninecologne said...

hi c- omg, how cute! hy-pop-osis! :) i can just hear her saying that!

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