The next night I kind of fumble around for a minute or so, reading parts to myself to see where we left off. If I happen to say out loud "now, where were we?" R ALWAYS knows right where we were. Now, he isn't looking at the book, because I have them lay in their beds these days while I sit in the chair in their room. You'd think he just say, "oh, we're at the part where the guy got hit in the head...blah...blah..blah. But, no...He tells me were we are by QUOTING the last sentence that I read. Tonight, it just wowed me. Here's a reenactment:
Me: Now, where were we?
R: It hurts like a billy-o but it's fun. I know exactly what you mean.
R: Eustace said, "It hurts like a billy-o but it's fun". And Edmund said, "I know exactly what you mean."
Me: Oh...(as I'm skimming through the pages. And this is what I saw:)
Eustice said, "It hurts like a billy-oh but it is such fun to see it coming away."
"I know exactly what you mean," said Edmund.
Can you believe that???? Amazing. No wonder this kid is such a good student. I'm still amazed. He often does this, but tonight it was so precise... and who can remember "it hurts like a billy-oh" anyway? I asked R what a "billy-oh" is and he said he didn't know but he thinks it means that it hurts really bad.