The Turtle Says "Turtle!", or Teach Them What You Want Them to Learn

We are teaching our son what all the animals say. We don't know why. This might have been useful in an agrarian society, but nowadays, we don’t run into a lot of cows and ducks and horses and pigs, E-I-E-I-O. (What’s with the E-I-E-I-O? Does anybody get that part?)

Anyway, it’s often easier for a child to learn the animal sounds than the names of the animals, and we love getting a response, and they love the game, and it’s in all these books, so it’s what we teach.


But a couple of animals don’t make any sounds, or at least not that I know of.

What do you do when your child asks you a question and you don’t know the answer? Really? You tell him the truth? Hunh. Well, we make up something that will entertain us.

We told Elvis that a giraffe sounds kind of like Beaker from the Muppets: “MimiMEEmimi!”

The turtle puts both fists in the air and proclaims… “TURTLE!”

I consider this harmless misinformation for my own entertainment, but I will probably feel bad years from now when one of the boys gets in a fight because some guy in a bar argues the point of what a giraffe says.