How four and five year old kids perceive the world is fascanting. With more language development, they tell more how they view the world. Enjoy the stories.
The Horse's Hooves: A month from turning age four, a horse had been the bilingual ASL-speaking Juli's identity. She often acted as a horse, hooving around.
One day she dressed up by herself and came downstairs. Her feet were bare. I told her in ASL, (translated as) "It's cold here. You'd better get yourself socks." Juli explained, no, horse have cl-hooves. not need socks. I explained how hooves were a form of socks. Juli replied, socks inside-foot from-mouth-down ("Socks are inside the hooves.").
Real or Fake: Juli talked about how real Chuck E. Cheese mascot was when I frankly told her that it was fake and there was a man inside the mascot. She insisted it was so real. Further, I told her that the purple dinosaur on TV was fake. She didn't believe me. With curiosity, I showed her pictures of humans putting mascots over their heads online. Nevertheless, she still believed these mascots were real. Later, she explained that the line of the mascot head around a human's neck was stuck, undetachable.
One night, Juli told me, ix-me saw giraffe. you see? I replied no. She held her hands covering my eyes for me to see a girafee. She closed her eyes and opened, ix-me saw giraffe in my eyes. you see?
Speed Ticket Tattle: "When my daughter Tasha was 3 and a half, my husband said to me, 'I'd like to talk to you about your speeding!' 'What? Tasha signed: "Daddy drives the red car slow. Mommy drives the blue car FAST!". -- Marion, August 21, 2011. "My daughter Tasha is Deaf in a hearing family. She has been learning sign since she was 11 months old!"
Dog Adoption Strategy: "Tasha signed to me that I should pet the neighbour's dog (she's 4.5 now). 'Feel nice, mommy? Do you like it? Isn't it soft?' I signed back that yes, the dog was very nice. She then signed to me, 'Okay! Now we can go get a dog tomorrow!'". -- Marion, August 21, 2011. "My daughter Tasha is Deaf in a hearing family. She has been learning sign since she was 11 months old!"
"Signing is WONDERFUL. Watch my Tasha in action at 3 at Deaf Children's Society of B.C. (Canada). Tasha is the little blonde star of the show! :-)" - Marion.