Tuesday, October 28, 2008

"is this thing on?"

Ok, you know how sometimes a comedian tells a joke, no one laughs and they tap the microphone "is this thing on?" Keep that visual.

So Max and I do a lot of play/work with the alphabet and we have lots and lots of toys that are just perfect for this activity. He LOVES it all...very cute! His favorite is for me to sign AND sing the alphabet song with lots of animation. :)

Occasionally when we are "communicating" (me signing/speaking, him observing/gesturing), I will turn off one mode. For example, I will only speak, and other times I will only sign. Then other times I will "sandwich" the two languages. Sign, then speak (the same thing I signed) and then sign again. We are attempting different modes to see which works best for him...which really captures his attention.

I was doing this the other day when the alphabet. I was singing and signing it to him and then stopped singing. After a little bit, he realized...wait I can't hear her anymore. And guess what? Yep, take that visual from earlier and picture Max tapping his hearing aide..."is this thing on?"

Absolutely perfect! Sooooooo funny...and soooo appropriate! And he always smiles when my voice comes back "on!"

And if that wasn't cool enough, we tried the other way...only singing and no signing. Sure enough after a few letters, he picked up my hand like "c'mon lady, I need the signs too!"

This boy...wow, he sure amazes me each and every day! (I'll try and capture these both on video, because seriously they are priceless!)


Eva and her 'rents said...

Oh jeez, that's so cute! And smart!

Eva Nichole said...

That is so wonderful!!
Crystal and Eva

hannah m said...

I love this story about Mighty Max! So, so cute!

Evil Twin's Wife said...

Wow - that is wonderful. He's so observant and smart!

Ang said...

cool max..wtg!!

The Claytons said...

Hope you don't mind me commenting on your blog. I have a son with Charge as well and he is 6 1/2 yrs. old. I found Max's page through Katie's. I just got through reading your blog and that is so awesome and smart that he is so observant! Charge kiddos never cease to amaze me :) Way to go Max!!


P.S. do you mind if I add your son's link to my son's page?

ellen charge said...

hmmmmmmmm yeah max is it on lol