My daughter Mae is not-quite-five (her birthday’s in a few weeks.) And one of her defining characteristics these days is that she’s a really, really good reader. I mean REALLY GOOD. She took to reading really fast and, almost completely on her own, just keeps progressing.
The coolest thing about it, from my position as an observer, is the way she uses the skill to teach herself – just all kinds of things. It’s really fascinating to watch.
Case in point: While she likes storybooks, her favorite book, hands-down, is a nature encyclopedia. And she’ll sit and read this thing for a half-hour together – literally read it, sounding out the big words and occasionally asking me for a definition. And then she’ll come out and tell me what she’s learned.
And she teaches me! Today for example I learned a lot about sea creatures – particularly stingrays. (She’s actually seriously getting me more interested in nature. It’s hard not to catch her enthusiasm.)
The sight of this little girl reading this big “grownup” science book seemed to me to make a nice juxtaposition for the photo challenge!) So here’s that.
(I couldn’t decide which of these I liked better, so am including both):