"Katie, Katie," he says as he picks up a washcloth. "Are you ready to play our special game?"
Katie looks up and sees her father's smiling face. She smiles at him and laughs. He says, "Let's play Peek-a-Boo,"; and puts a washcloth in front of his face.
Katie reaches out and pats the top of his head. Her father says, "Peek-a-Boo, Katie, I can't see you." He lowers the washcloth so his eyes are no longer covered. Katie squeals with delight. He covers his eyes again and says, "Peek-a-Boo, Katie, I still can't see you."
Katie's father holds the washcloth out toward her, saying, "Your turn, Katie." She takes the washcloth from his hand and puts it in front of her face. Her father says, "Where's Katie?"
Katie drops the washcloth in the water and splashes with her hands. She babbles to her father, "Dadadada. Babababa." He says, "I think you're saying that you're tired of playing Peek-a-Boo. Let's play with your sponges."
Like many young babies, Katie is learning about language:
- She knows that it's fun to play with another person.
- She looks up when her father says her name.
- She smiles when her father smiles at her.
- He talks with her during a daily activity--bathtime.
- He says her name again and again so that she will learn to recognize it.
- He takes several turns in their game and then encourages her to take a turn.
- He responds to her babbles as if he knows what she is saying.
by : www.rif.org