About two weeks ago, Randall showed us his finger counting with “Five Little Monkeys” in countdown order for the first time. It was not until then that we realized that he finally understood the meaning of those numbers while he had learnt to verbally count and recognize their written forms a year before. Since then, he’s been using numbers a lot in his conversations (100% correct up to 3, can sometimes figure out 4 and 5) although he does not understand the purpose of one-to-one counting yet.
We went to Oakland Zoo again on the morning of Christmas Eve. We were lucky to see some big animals awake and active despite the cold weather. Randall said that he saw “three elephants,” and he watched one of them getting food from a bucket hanging down from a tree.