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Three little ducks went far away (the Dyslexic version)

INDONESIA | Tuesday, 7 July 2009 | Views [2721] | Comments [1]

At pre-school our four year old has been learning all sorts of rhymes and songs in both English and Japanese, and he has the wonderful habit of singing loudly to himself from about 7am or particularly when he is tired. Not being Dyslexic he has no trouble with counting nor with the order of things so that this common rhyme is no problem for him:     
Four little ducks went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said quack quack quack
But only three little ducks came back
Three little ducks went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said quack quack quack
But only two little ducks came back
Two little ducks went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said quack quack quack
But only one little duck came back
And when you want some peace and rest you can quite easily tell Kai "So Kai, 99 ducks went over the hill and ..." and he quite easily gets the concept and will start off down the 99, 98, 97 route. 
And that's it for the next two hours: he's off in his own world singing at the top of his voice and it doesn't matter where you are (hotel lobby, the bath, a taxi, eating diner) its endless until he reaches one. 
And there's no off switch (we've looked.)
Meanwhile, Riu is puzzled by all this order of things. When posed the same scenario this is how his mind works:
"ninety-nine ducks went over the hill ... and then they found a field and started eating all the rice and then they flew up into the sky and flew back over the hill and then it started raining ducks." 
Certainly no problem with imagination. Nor with visual memory since he was able to recall this exact same image many months later.
Fascinating.

Tags: bali, ducks, dyslexia, perspective boys, songs, travel with children

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كليميني وشكرا

  queen egypt Mar 17, 2011 2:08 AM

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