1. These Happy Golden Years
We finished These Happy Golden Years on Tuesday and Bella was up early the next morning and had drawn all of this before I was up.
Obviously Bella was just as take with all the drawers and cupboards as I was! On the bottom left is the stove, you can see the stovepipe going up to the top. The top right is the room with the bed. I think there’s a rocking chair in front of the door. She said she didn’t have room for both rocking chairs.
I just love how much detail she remembers from our reading. Although she completely freezes up if I try to ask her to narrate right after I’ve read, she often will recount the story in great detail to Dom. The other day she told my mom several chapters worth, telling it chapter by chapter. And then sometimes she opts for the drawn narration. The thing is she actively tries to recall as much as possible of what I read to her so that she can use the stories in her games. She sees history books as raw material for imaginative play. Whatever habits of attention children are supposed to acquire from narration, Bella obviously has. Do I even need to bother to try to get her to narrate right away when she clearly has a great facility for adding the information to her long term memory? I’m thinking the internal work is being done even if it does take her longer to process the information. (And it doesn’t seem to matter at all to her retention that we often read chapters from half a dozen different books all back to back. She doesn’t need a break between books at all. In it all goes.
Bella got an Amazon gift card for her birthday. I thought she might want to choose some books, but she instead opted for a trio of warriors: a figure of a Spartan warrior with sword and shield, Ramses with a bow, an English bowman with battle ax. She said she needed some men to balance out all her princesses and queens. That’s my girl. (You think the Homer and Narnia, and Armory Museum are rubbing off?)