He always has, although starting school has, it's clear, intensified his thirst for knowledge. Yesterday, for instance, he turned his back on his favourite toys, preferring instead to spend his time practising his letters. That such dedication is paying off is obvious.
His reading and writing are developing at a remarkable pace and he is, all of a sudden, able to take selected letters and arrange them to form simple words.
It's impressive to watch, although he doesn't always get it right . . .
Looking at a book about animals a little earlier this afternoon, I decided to put his reading skills to the test. He identified rat, pig and cow, and even managed alpaca, but when I pointed to elephant, he began to look troubled.
I urged him to sound out the letters, as he has been shown at school.
The B thought about this for a moment.
'Is it an elefart?' he asked hopefully. Oh, if only . . . .