Friday, June 20, 2008

Some things never change...

Bearhug and Cuddlebug got a new video game for their birthday, which they have had a great time playing and unlocking new race tracks and characters. But I've found it interesting to watch how they play. Most of the time, BH is the one playing and CB is watching. Sometimes they play two-player, but a lot of times CB prefers to watch than to play. I asked him about it, and he said he learns how to play by watching BH.

I found it really interesting, because they have always been this way. I remember when they were 5 months old learning how to roll over. BH tried and tried for over a week (maybe longer, can't remember exactly), putting so much effort into it until finally - success! Meanwhile, CB was watching him but didn't seem interested in trying it himself. But the day after BH rolled over, sure enough CB rolled over too - and got it on the first try without all the trial and error. So I guess he had been paying attention!

And so it went... some things CB did first, and some things BH did first, but we noticed that the things BH did first, CB learned from watching him. I guess it works out well for them, especially since they are (generally) much more cooperative than competitive. BH likes to put a lot of effort into figuring out the most effective way to do something, he'll spend hours (not all at once) playing his video games and figuring out every little short-cut and trick to the game. CB gets just as excited as he does when he figures out something new :), and then he applies it when it's his turn to play. I love seeing their unique learning styles evolve!


Annette Piper on June 26, 2008 at 6:52 PM said...

My twin girls are a bit like this. The older one (by 17 minutes) has always done things first. SHE decided to come out whereas the other was quite happy to stay a bit longer. SHE weaned herself first, crawled first, walked first...and so it continues. SHE's also more competitive. Resting easy on her laurels she doesn't try at all until her sister looks like she's catching up and then BAM there she is ahead again.


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