The following is by contributor Amanda Morgan of Not Just Cute.
I love listening to my three year-old talk. He has a way of making the most common words sound delectably darling. He asks if we can look something up on my “compweeter” almost every day. He comments on our secret “packageway” when we take a new route home from his brothers’ school. And my heart absolutely melts when I hear him half shout, half sing, “Lemolade!” while peddling summer’s favorite drink with his big brothers.
I’m not the only mother who revels in the mispronunciations commonly found in our preschoolers’ lingo. When I shared some of my favorite boyhood bumbles on Facebook, loads of parents joined in, sharing examples like “soupcase” for suitcase and “ice cream” instead of sunscreen, that kept me chuckling for days.
As much as I would agree that these misnomers are endearing and cute, they also provide a window to the rapid pace of language and cognitive development in our little ones.
While it generally takes 18 months for a child to garner their first 50 words, soon after that point, their vocabularies begin to explode. By age three, the average preschooler has a vocabulary of 900-1000 words! With that much new information, it’s no wonder some of it would get jumbled in the process.
Child development theorist, Jean Piaget posited that we can learn as much (and perhaps more) about what children understand by really looking at their mistakes rather than simply measuring them by the sum of their correct answers. Here are some ways to recognize your child’s learning in the middle of these hilarious misspeaks: