“Did you see the Grammy’s?” Emma asked Soma yesterday.
And as I sat nearby watching, I marveled at how surprised I was by this question. In part because she was asking a question, something Emma does a great deal of when she is working with Soma, but not so much with me yet. I can’t tell you how much I look forward to that…
My surprise was not just limited to the fact that she was asking a question though, it was also because I often wonder how she knows all the things she knows. “The Grammy’s?” I found myself thinking. “How does she even know about the Grammy’s? Where did she see anything about the Grammy’s?” “Richard and I didn’t watch the Grammy’s. I can’t even tell you when the Grammy’s were.
After Soma told Emma that she had watched the Grammy’s, Soma asked Emma where she’d seen them.
Emma wrote, “At the airport TV.”
The airport TV? Seriously? I didn’t even see a television, let alone notice what was on. When we arrived at the airport we checked our bag, went through security and went looking for our gate, and when we finally found it, I don’t remember seeing a television anywhere near the seats we finally found to wait for our flight. What else has she seen in passing? What else would she like to know about? What things would she be interested in learning about?
I write all of this, because Richard and I often ask each other, “But where did she learn that?” or “How does she know about that?” And, well… this is, but one answer. There is information everywhere and my daughter is picking up information all the time.
I used to assume there was an input issue with learning, but my daughter continues to defy this idea. An output issue? Yes. Input? Evidently that’s my issue, not hers.
*Emma has given me permission to publish this on the blog.