Isaac learnt a new word today!

Actually, we are sometimes amused by the random words in Isaac’s very limited vocabulary. For instance, he can identify almost all colors down to the shade (he shakes his head when we say brown — he wants us to say dark brown or light brown!) but he can only say ‘green’ and ‘purple’. He can’t say simple words like ‘baby’ or ‘blue’ but says ‘scarecrow’, ‘joker’ and ‘uncle’. (He recognizes scarecrows by their straw hands!)

And, his word of the day is… magnet! It was quite fascinating. My dad was showing Isaac a photo they took together at Underworld World sometime back that had a magnet at the back. Somehow, Isaac recognized that it was a magnet and asked for the other photo (also with a magnet on the back) so he could stick them together! We then taught him the word ‘magnet’, which he happily repeated. (We can never quite guess which words he chooses to learn).

Anyway, I was telling Ning that it’ll be interesting if he learns the word magnet based on its properties of being magnetic, rather than by how it looks. It happened that my little brother had a set of zen magnets at home which basically comprise many little metal balls. In other words, they look nothing like the photos with the usual black magnet at the back (see here Amazingly, after we showed him how the zen magnets work, and let him play with them to feel the repulsive and attractive forces, Isaac could correctly identify them as magnets!

And we have begun to realize that Isaac actually prefers figuring out things in the real world, than play with toys. The other night, Ning and I were working in the study and Isaac was fiddling around with his fan. At some point, I noticed that he went to the main power point. I didn’t think much of it, but then he later went to where the extension cord was, and started trying to fit a wire into the fan. Later on, we realized that his fan was out of battery and he figured that he had to charge it! So he was trying to plug the charging wire into the fan. More amazingly, we discovered that he had actually switched on the main power point where the extension cord was drawing power from! We always switch it off for safety and never let Isaac into the room without us. We have never explicitly explained how you had to switch the main power point on either. Somehow, he figured it all out by observing us!

So I suppose my conclusion at this point is that as much as I would have liked Isaac to be a little poet or musician, he really seems to be an engineer in the making like his daddy!

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