Every so often, Dante does something that just completely knocks me over. One of these happened on Wednesday night. I was giving him a bath, and he had a big mug in there. He was scooping the water into the mug, then pouring it out. After a few of these, he says to me, “I don’t know what’s different between P-O-U-R and P-O-O-R.”
Now, I’m not around other kids much at all, so I really don’t have a good handle on what happens at what age, but this struck me as a freakily sophisticated question for a three-year-old to be asking. I mean, it’s not as if the words were in front of him. He was holding the letter combinations in his mind, comparing them, and recognizing that they sounded the same, but were spelled differently and meant different things.
So I explained to him that sometimes there are these kinds of words, and told him what each one meant. Then he repeated it back to me, and went on to something else, while I internally shook my head in amazement.