Thursday, September 15, 2011

Batman is teaching my son to read

Something big happened in my household this last week. Batman taught my son how to read. More specifically a Batman laptop I snuck into the shopping cart last Christmas when my wife wasn't looking has taught him how to read.

You see my son loves computers and video games and no it's not just because daddy loves those things. He'll sit there for hours hitting the windows key on my computer, just watching the start button pop up and disappear. He's also a big fan of the scroll wheel on the mouse. It's cute but it's a problem, he deletes things by accident and when I try to drag him from the home office he throws a tantrum. So I thought it would be a good idea to get him one of those silly kids laptops (bear in mind he's not even 2 yet). As it turns out some of those laptops are really freaking expensive, so we bought him this cheap batman toy that's more glorified speak and spell then laptop. Best 20 dollars we've ever spent. It's helped us keep him happy on car trips, plane rides and most importantly diaper changes. I've never thought of it as a real learning toy, just a thing he can push buttons and listen to crappy music with. Then last week something crazy happened.

Batman asked for the letter "c" and Logan pushed the letter "c". Then the letter "l" then "g" then "a". He knows the alphabet. I've been watching him closely all week, and 9 times out of 10 he'll push whatever letter on the keyboard Batman asks for. Logan still can't say mama, but somehow he knows the alphabet. Mom and dad didn't teach it to him, Batman did.

Needless to say I'm beaming with nerdy pride.




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