Yesterday without being prompted, Jackson looked up at me from one of the chairs at the kiddie table and said matter-of-factly, "a red chair." He really was sitting in a red chair! We have been working on colors (sometimes as I am setting up the colorful folding chairs at the kiddie table in the morning), but he he has only repeated the color names I show him up to this point, and he has never been the instigator of color practice.
Then today as I was taking him upstairs for nap, he started counting, "1...2...3..." then he stopped, so I said, "4..." and then he said, "5..." and I said, "6..." and so on until we had tag team counted until 10! He has been wanting to participate in group time a lot more lately, so we have been doing a few things to help him learn, like counting by 1's to 10 (when my group can can count by 1's, 5's 10's and we are working on 2's to 100) and singing the ABC song. They like to see the smile on his face when he realizes we are doing something he can do with us.
I have always gotten so much satisfaction out of watching kids learn, but it is SOOOO much more satisfying when it is your own child. Awww man, I think I am in danger of becoming one of "those" moms!