Saturday, September 22, 2012

Oh, the Signs!

Miss Cora has been on a signing mission these days.  She seems to be learning new signs every day and has been showing her stuff on a regular basis.  There are over 20 signs that she will sign on her own when she hears the word or sees the object.  There are at least another 20 or more that she does with a little encouragement.

A couple of days ago she was playing on the floor as I talked to my friend.  I looked down to find her signing "again."  I guess she had heard it in our conversation.  Pretty cool stuff.

The only tricky part is that her fine motor skills don't quite yet match her understanding and her desire to communicate.  So there are a number of signs that look pretty similar to me.  Without a context or a visual cue I can have a hard time telling what she's trying to say (Signs like "more", "swim", "walk", "wind", "cold" and "play" can look similar.)  But her fine motor skills are improving regularly, so I imagine that will start to improve.

Here's a sneak peak of our little signer.  Although Daddy is giving her a little coaching here, she doesn't need it for most of these signs... even though I was surprised that she knew "frog" and "mouse."

And like her little friend Ellie, Miss Cora has been all about the shoes lately.  She just got some new inserts for her new shoes, and should be fit for some Sure Steps braces in the next couple of weeks, as well.  

We are planning to spend the rest of the weekend dealing with a plumbing emergency, but hope to enjoy the rest of the surprisingly beautiful late September weather with a bike ride or two and some park time.

And if you haven't already done so, it's not too late to join Team Cora Bean for the Buddy Walk next weekend.  We'd love to see you in person, but you can support our team with a donation, as well.  Thank you so much for all your support!


  1. Way to go, Cora! You have a ton of signs :) Bear still has some that look a lot alike. It is all contextual. They are slowly looking more and more like the correct sign. It will come with time and with fine tuning those fine motor skills :)

  2. Pretty impressive. Can't wait to see it in person! One week till the Buddy Walk.

    Love Grammie

  3. That was so awesome, she knows so many signs! Loved it when she Hi-Fived her Daddy at the end, so cute :)

  4. Great signing, Cora! You're looking like such a grown up girl- can't wait to see you at the Buddy Walk!

  5. Cora is a signing machine! Way to go Cora!!


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