On our flight to Boston, I made sure we had plenty of snacks. Jonathan was eating a fruit leather when he held it up and exclaimed, "Looks like Nebraska!" It really did!
A recent set of bits Jonathan has seen is fruits and vegetables including: apple, baby corn, banana, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, cherry, coconut, corn, cucumber. Of course, many of these he already knew from real life. By the end of showing 13 times, he could show them to himself (in fact, I think the last two of those 13 were showings he named.) He did this in the form of, "I like . . ." and sometimes a more detailed description. "I like apples. I like cabbage in egg rolls. I like cherries, I had one at the restaurant. I like broccoli quiche. [that's yours, Kelly!] I like baby corn."

Many times when I'm showing the bits, he asks to see the back, which has the written description and a smaller picture - this is mainly for the bit-shower, but it's big enough for him to start learning, too. With this set, he went through them all correctly, saying, "This says 'cauliflower.' This says 'banana.' " etc. Of course he was prompted by the pictures, but it was fun.
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That he changed his form from "I like..." to "This says..." indicates to me that he knows that the words have meaning apart from the picture, even if he is using the pictures to help him "read."
Posted by SursumCorda on May 3, 2006, 7:36 pm

That's too funny. Out of curiosity, was it a yellow fruit leather? All of the states are associated by color due to the colors of the puzzle pieces I had when I was a kid. I still have those associations. -Andy, a Nebraskan
Posted by Andy on May 3, 2006, 9:14 pm

I definitely thought of you, Andy. And so does Jonathan, whenever we talk about Nebraska, "Mr.Andy lives there!"

It was a reddish/brownish (strawberry, I think). Our states puzzle has Nebraska as red. He has demonstrated some association with colors, but his US placemat has different colors than the puzzle, so it's not as strong as it might be.
Posted by joyful on May 4, 2006, 7:49 am
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