Monkey see, Monkey do, Monkey get in trouble too! At least that's what his shirt said today...
At lunchtime today, I told the kids I was going downstairs to make lunch, and as usual, Isaak dropped what he was doing and followed me down. While I got lunch together, Isaak got plates out of the cupboard and lined them up on the counter. I stopped him after he'd gotten four out, and showed him that there was one for Jaela, one for Macey, one for Anya, and one for Isaak, and that he really didn't need to get any more out. (He usually gets every plate in the cupboard out no matter what I tell him, but for once he actually stopped!) After I pointed out that there was a plate for each of them, Isaak stood for a moment looking from me to the table. Then he started making trips back and forth.
A plate for Anya, a plate for Jaela, a plate for Isaak, a plate for Macey. Each time, I would see a plate pop up over the edge of the table, tilt until it was flat on the table, then finally a little hand would appear as it released the plate, all four fingers stuck straight up in the air. He was SO proud of himself!
I gave him the forks to put around, too, then put him in his chair as his sisters came to the table. "Isaak did all of these?!?" Isaak answered for himself, with a big grin and more of those emphatic head nods.
Monkey see, Monkey do...but the rest doesn't always follow!