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Your 3-year-old now
What sounds like nonsense coming from your preschooler's lips is actually a sophisticated kind of language experimentation. He might call his little brother a "pootie" or say, "Look at that prettyful flower." He may call a fountain a "crash water," an invented term that's really pretty clear. These creative concoctions crop up more often as he develops better language skills.
Now that he knows how words are supposed to sound and how sentences are supposed to be put together, he begins to play around with new combinations. "There's a wacky macrackey who lives under my pillow." This wordplay — often combining real and nonsense words — is a lot of fun for preschoolers.
They'll try to make you laugh as they dream up better material. Play along with them and invent some of your own. Instead of serving macaroni and cheese for dinner, set "pumpkin blooey" in front of them.
All these manipulations of sounds and words now will give your child a leg up as he learns to read. (And if you haven't introduced Dr. Seuss's silly wordplay yet, do!)
Your life now
Whoops! Forget it was your child's turn to bring snacks to preschool again? It happens to the best of us. Don't beat yourself up about it or worry that your child's teacher will think you're the crummy mummy of the year. Happens all the time, and preschools usually have spare snacks on hand just in case. Tomorrow you can bring something in to replenish their backup stocks.
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