I had to post this today because I just thought it was so awesome. So today we are getting a double scoop. :)
So my little 5 year old Ann Marie is incredibly bright. I have known she was bright from a very early age. I don't mean she is just able to memorize things easily. I mean she is able to put things together in her mind very quickly. I mean she taught herself how to read after I taught her the letter and sounds kind of bright. Now she reads chapter books. She has a very logical mind with an above average dose of common sense. This makes her a challenge to parent because she is just too smart to fall for many parenting techniques.
I remember once she was being naughty when she was about 18 months to 2 years old. I told her to do something several times and she wasn't doing it. I told her again more frustratedly and she turned to me and yelled "NO!" That was it for me. No kid of mine was going to scream at me like that. My face changed to that "oh no just didn't look," you know that Mad Mama look that we can get to let kids know they have crossed the line. I do a good one and boy it came out right then. Suddenly, Annie's expression changed from one of defiance to one of calculating caution. Then she put her hands both up in front of her, palms facing me and said in her little tiny girl voice "Mama, take a deep bweth." Of course I burst out laughing at this.
Anyway, so today Annie and Lauren were arguing or debating about the emblem on Lauren's bathing suit. You can see it in the picture above. Lauren was calling it a sun and Ann was trying to correct her and let her know it was a flower.
So the dialogue goes thusly:
Annie: It is a flower
Lauren: NO It is a sun!
Annie: No Lauren it is a flower.
Lauren: NO IT IS A SUN!
Annie: Lauren, do suns have leaves?
Annie: See these green things on your suit? What are they? See they are leaves.
Lauren: silent and looking at the leaves.
Annie: So it is a flower because flowers have leaves.
Lauren: ... thinking ... NO ... IT IS A SUN!
Mama: Maybe it is a sunflower.
Lauren: Yes it is a SUN flower.
Okay what I LOVE about this is that my five year old just used a law school teaching technique called the Socratic method. It is a method of teaching by asking questions to help people realize your point by themselves. I just think that is awesome. My little loving Ann Marie is AWESOME!