For all the Irish potato fans out there. A little silliness for St. Patrick’s day!

Couple try to name baby “@”


A CHINESE couple tried to name their baby “@”, claiming the character used in e-mail addresses echoed their love for the child, an official trying to whip the national language into line said on Thursday.

The unusual name stands out especially in Chinese, which has no alphabet and instead uses tens of thousands of multi-stroke characters to represent words.

“The whole world uses it to write e-mail, and translated into Chinese it means ‘love him’,” the father explained, according to the deputy chief of the State Language Commission Li Yuming.

While the “@” simple is familiar to Chinese e-mail users, they often use the English word “at” to sound it out — which with a drawn out “T” sounds something like “ai ta”, or “love him”, to Mandarin speakers.

Read the full story here.

Vocal Play


Vocal Play is the beginning of articulation for Baby. Baby must learn to use the tongue, gums, and jaw muscles in order to begin to produce vowels and consonants. Production of tongue clicks, “raspberries,” and the manipulation of the lips and cheeks, coordinated with breathing, are helpful in forming the basis for saying words. Exchanges of cooings, babblings, smiles, gestures, eye contacts and tonal babbling are all part of vocal play. Pausing and waiting demonstrates the important conversational element of “turn-taking.” As Adult and Baby take turns with sounds, expressions and movements, they create a conversational rhythm.

Car Sounds for Choir

I’m not endorsing any particular car maker here but you must turn up the volume and listen to the amazing sounds from this choir. In the Our Time class this spring we are playing with transportation sounds. This should give you LOTS of ideas for vocal play!!

This spoof of the above has even more fun car vocals!