Sunday, February 03, 2013

Letters (of the alphabet) from a daughter to her mother

Last year, around the time Xena turned 18 months, I noticed a shift in her interest. From the characters of her storybooks to the characters in the text of the storybooks. She had started pointing to the letters in the text and asking me what they were. So I went and bought a set of alphabet flashcards and we started going through the letters and corresponding pictures.

You know how they say kids these ages are like diapers? No wait, sponges. Sponges that absorb anything and everything you teach them. I was very pleasantly surprised to see that it was indeed true. Within a week, she knew the uppercase letters and over the next couple of weeks, she knew both uppercase and lowercase quite well.

The only trouble I had was trying to capture the whole thing on video at one shot. This is the best I could manage. As you will see if you have the patience to watch the whole thing, here I was, trying to speed to Z, and there she was, my Basanti who wanted to chitchat about the weather, her blocked nose, and what not. She even managed to put in a song request! (By the way, the song she's asking for is 'Naam ada likhna' and if you have never heard it, omgdoitnownownownow!).

20 comments:

Bubblegum.... said...

Cant wait to chat with the little Basanti :D Masi ki hava lag gai lagata hai :D

PS: Hats off to you for the patience!

Technofun said...

Ha ha ha.. .she is cute.. she wants to talk everything else except A to Z .

Raam Pyari said...

you are a fab mum :)

Sandhya said...

Too good! Xena is very very adorable. Loved the video!

Beena Venugopal said...

Sayesha - been a follower of your Bar for around 2 years - Xena is SUCH an adorable bewdi :) Thanks for sharing this video - she is quite a sponge ! :D

Arun said...

We wants our flying kiss, take a poll and see!

Are oranges really yummy? Or is it still photosynthesis?

Pritam said...

Amazing! Great going Xenudi :)

starbreez said...

oh GOSH i love her "gimme" and how she added an indefinite article to "TV" … I feel so proud of her!!!!! And of you!!!!

Varsha said...

Yes, teach her Hindi letters, and Oriya stuff also. You will be surprised that she will absorb those as well. And with no hint of confusion, discriminating correctly. Vihaan can now read in English and Kannada (easy words).

Thisisme said...

OH WOW!! From what i can see..she did an amazing work yaar..all A to ZX..of course kids r like that! The best part was when she said how windy it is..hawa n got you to fan her everywhere!! LOL!!neck..eyes..hair lol!! tooo cute!!

Cinderella said...

brilliant.. she grasped up things pretty fast.. also, every obedient and patient herself to sit at one place and talk all this!! Intelligent child! God bless her!

--Sunrise-- said...

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH she is sosopuddingCUTE!!!!! And you are an amazing mum! When did she ask for the song? I didn't get the song request reference :(

She is SUCH a darling!!!!! What a cute little smartypants!!! The way she did the 'chin' part aaaaaahh how do you deal with such cuteness on a daily basis!!!!

And yes, another vote for a flying kiss from Xena please!!

Flying kisses to HER!!! This was the BEST use of a study break I've had all day, miles better than mindless procrastination on the internet!

OK I NEED to calm down on the cuteness overdrive... :P

Hope you are all doing well! Off to listen to naam ada likhna now, as per your order/request! :)

How do we know said...

OMG! I cld watch this video over and over again.. and u have a very melodious mumma voice :)

Sowmya said...

Awww sooo cute...she's very adorable...
loved the part where sh'es asking u to blow wind to her neck, camera and all...such cuteness...

thelilvoicespeaks said...

omg!! This video made my day! Lots of kissies to Xena. She's absolutely cute!

P.S: Your voice sounds so lovely!

Sudeep said...

Good job Xena & Viv! Itne patience se toh ek papa hi sikha sakte hai :P
She has a good taste in songs, and you teach her Hindi words too, great. She is going to be a great polyglot.

G2 said...

That's a little genius sitting there in that chair! Of course blessed with a super awesome mom who in turn has been blessed with so much patience and a lovelyyyyy voice!!! Looking forward to more lessons from Xena ki pathshala!

Sayesha said...

Bubblegum,
Thanks. :)

Technofun,
:D

Raam Pyari,
Thanks. :)

Sandhya,
Thank you. :)

Beena,
Thanks. :)

Arun,
LOL. I still don't know why she said oranges are yummy. Like she knows. Hmmmph. She's still on 99% photosynthesis.

Pritam,
Thanks. :)

Starbreez,
Thanks! :) Though I'm not sure she was using an indefinite article or simply asking for an All Terrain Vehicle for her 2nd birthday. :O

Varsha,
Thanks for the tips. Will try. :)

Thisisme,
Yeah windy windy on the eyes was hilarious. :P

Cinderella,
Thank you! :)

Sunrise,
Thanks! :) She requests for the song at 4:16. She says "Aao na" and then "Kabhi kabhi". :)

How do we know,
Thanks. :)

Sowmya,
Thank you. :)

thelilvoicespeaks,
Thanks! :)

Sudeep,
Tch tch. Papa gets no credit for the alphabet ok? He did teach her 1 to 9 though. :)

G2,
Thank you! :D Will try to capture more videos and post. :)

Kanan said...

Sayesha, your kid just made my day. Poore paanch din ki saari thakaan door kar dee baby Xena ne... what an adorable video and she's soooo smart. Totally enjoyed the video and loved her showing the "toes" and saying "bye bye" every so often. Thanks for sharing. God bless baby Xena.

Nagesh K R said...

My wife and I enjoyed watching the phenomenally talented Xena !! Awesomeness in a cute bundle!