Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Teaching Cooper

As I mentioned yesterday, in celebration of Cooper turning one in six days I am making this week all about Cooper (what week isn't though?)!  I said I was going to talk about the few months after reaching the glorious four-month-mark but I'll save that for tomorrow.

I take my job as Coopers mama extremely seriously.  The most basic things, keep him clean, bed, clothed, and happy are easy and natural.  My job doesn't stop there though.  It is my job to show him the world, to talk to him, to teach him, to nurture him, to grow him accustom to routine, to show him how to love, to show him how to be kind, and so many, many more things.

I want Cooper to be well equipped for this hard world.  I want him to be strong and confident in who he is as a person.  I want him to know things, yet I want to keep him little and naive.  Everything is a balancing act, when do I teach him what?  Yes, he is just a little baby right now but I am already thinking about these things.  I'm already knee deep in discussion with myself about what we are going to refer to our private parts as -- what are the correct terms?  I think we're just going to with exactly what they are but... maybe I should use a more innocent term? I have no idea.  I research everything, even these little things because I'm shaping Cooper with each thing I teach him... it has to be done right!

So what am I teaching him right now and how am I doing it?

We work on the words of everything around us everyday.  "Cooper would you like to sit in your highchair to eat?" "Cooper can you use your spoon?" "Cooper do you want to brush your teeth? Where's your toothbrush?"

We are practicing walking extremely frequently right now.  "Cooper can you walk to Mama? Look what I have!"

We are learning how to turn pages in books. "Cooper where is the duck?"  It is on the next page!

We are working on throwing the ball.  "Cooper can you do this like Mama?"

We are working on him feeding himself.  He can pick up his food and put it in his mouth but he would rather not.  I'm not too concerned with this but he does need to get more consistent with it eventually.

He's been clapping and high-fiving for awhile now, as well as playing peek-a-boo.  I thought him those simply by showing him over, and over, and over again.

Him being able to speak and verbalize what he wants and need is very important to me.  I was going to teach him some simple sign language but have decided against that until he is really talking, as I think it would hinder his speech more than anything.  Of course if it came down to him need speech therapy or anything like that I would gladly teach him signs so that he didn't feel frustrated about not being able to communicate with me.  It doesn't seem like that will be the case but I suppose you never know!

So what can he say?  I've made lists here and there but this is everything that I can think of right this second:

hey, hi, yes, yeah, mama, dog-dog, bye-bye, bird, cat, duck, fish, bath, eat, yum, yay!, bubba, ally, c'mon, and ball

He can identify a dog, cat, ball, nanny, poppy, ally, payton, mama, bath time, time to eat, kelsy, addi, bubba, time to go outside, night night time, time to rock, do you want to go for a walk?, to you want to go swimming?, give ____ a kiss, give me a hug, and so many more things.

Do you have any teaching techniques that you want to share? I'm all ears!!


  1. Well done, mama. It sounds like you are doing all the right things, especially having the conversations with him (even though he can't converse back yet). It seems like that is the best thing for developing communication skills. Keep up the good work!

  2. I just found your blog through Ruthie and have been reading all your posts! You're an amazing mother. Doing it on your own is hard! I don't know if I'd give up on the signing. As long as you say the word and sign, he'll do both. I worried about that with my oldest daughter, but it helps so much with vocabulary development and communication. We used to watch Signing Time together and it was a AWESOME to watch her pick up on the language. Even if you don't sign, just keep talking and reading with him, you are doing GREAT!!!! :) He looks so happy! :)