During our bedtime routine,
"Mummy, N...inside...tree.." "Yes tian tian, what are you trying to say?" "N... go inside the tree." "N go inside the tree?" I wondered out aloud. I was trying to decipher what my boy was saying based on his limited vocabulary. "Are you saying that the ants go inside the tree?" I queried. He muttered, "umm."
"I think you are saying, the ants crawl up the tree." "How many ants did u you see? Just one or many ants?" "One" "Was it a big ant or a small ant?" "Small ant." "Was it a red ant or a black ant?" "Black ant", replied my boy confidently. "So you saw a small, black ant go inside the tree?" "Umm." "Did you notice it or 奶奶 pointed out to you?" "奶奶." "Oh I see. Good job tian tian. Can u show it to me the next time?"
He nodded his head.
I am so pleased that XXM witnessed the wonders of nature on his own initiative. Had he not thought that it was important to share with me, I would have missed an important development of his. My son had practiced careful observation – a trait highly regard by charlotte mason. What I did was to simply build upon it by providing him with the vocabulary to complete what he saw. This is one lesson that books can’t teach.
P/S: I think he was just repeating the last word of my question. Nonetheless, I thought it was great to engage him in a conversation.