Years ago I had a little girl that was on the playground, sitting on the bench and looking at her fingers.
"Look, Miz F," she told me, putting the tips of her pointer fingers and thumbs together. "When I do this, it makes a little diamond."
We talked about that for a long while, looking through the little diamond to see what we could see, even convincing some other kids to try it in the process.
What I took away from that experience (other than glee) was a reminder of how young children, almost above anything else, notice things. They are experts at it. They notice with their ears, their eyes, with how things feel, how they taste... anything. Everything.
I was reminded of this again today while walking back inside from recess. We were taking a short cut across the field when Rubiah turned to me and said,
"It's really bumpy under my feet. Like little mountains."
As I walked, I could feel what she meant. It has gotten a lot colder, so the ground is much harder than it used to be. Under my feet I could feel bumps and little ups and downs.
"It does feel like little mountains, doesn't it?" I said. "I wonder what it would feel like to a bug or an ant..."
"Probably like big mountains!"
How wonderful to hear such unique six year old insight into things. I love being reminded how interesting and intricate their minds are. ♥