People ask me sometimes how I’ll know what the wee ones are learning if we don’t ‘do school.’
Quite unintentionally I had a new thought about this today.
Yep, that’s right, eavesdropping helps immensely.
This morning while I was at work in the kitchen I overheard the following nano-conversation from the boys in the living room:
Theo: what aryadoin Nic?
Nic: using the calculator.
Theo: how do you use it?
Nic: you push this key and then this key and so on and so on…
Theo: what’s a ‘so on’?
Nic: no, no, no — that’s how grown-ups say, “keep doing that.”
Theo: so, how do you use a calculator?
Nic: see, push 2, push the times button, here, then push 2 again and then push equals, here, and then — look, you have 4!
Theo: 4 what?
Nic: never mind.
So, clearly, Nic understands the calculator and Theo doesn’t…but is there anything more wonderful than hearing your 8 year old accepting a role as a teacher to the 4 year old.