Isaac has constantly surprised us with his intense curiosity, his rapid understanding and ability to recall and apply concepts to novel situations.
Then last night, he quite outdid himself. Ning and I were having dinner and Isaac was playing in the dining area. He was looking at a bottle of screen cleaner — basically clear soapy liquid in a transparent container. After a while, he moved from the dining area where there were red chairs and a dark carpet to the white marble floor a few paces away. Then he commented “You can see more clearly there!”
I asked him why, thinking he was going to say something about brightness because the dining area was closer to the light, and that would have been a concept quite well within his grasp. But instead, he answered “Because the floor is white here.”
Which had me stunned for a moment and I quickly checked with Ning if he ever taught Isaac that. He didn’t, and the closest I could think of was how I explained to Isaac once that he could see the dark pupils in his toy cat’s eyes because its irises were blue; but in my eyes the iris is dark so it’s hard to see the pupil. That was the closest we taught him about colour contrast so it was quite amazing to hear him understand and apply it to a different context.
By now, he’s also started asking questions that we have to take a moment to think about before we can answer (such as the surprisingly deep question — why is ice cold?). Ning and I are going to have to do quite a bit of homework to refresh all the stuff we learnt when we were younger and to find ways in which we can teach them to him in an accurate way which can be built upon as he grows older! But it’s going to be such fun!