I remember when Savannah was first learning her letters... right before she turned two and around that time, she was just starting to recognize letters and she was soooo into it! Whenever we were in the car she would point out signs all over the place on the road or on buildings, and yell out from the backseat "S, mommy that's S!" "A, mommy I see A!" ALL THE TIME. It *almost* got annoying because you see, she wasn't just calling them out for her own amusement... you had to respond and acknowledge every letter or she would just keep repeating them. And repeating them and repeating them and repeating them. It was fun though, watching her learning these things and marveling at how observant she was... how it seemed she noticed every little sign on the road!
I was reminded of these times because she's doing a similar thing in the car again. Only she's taken it a step further and now she's focusing on what the signs all mean and how cars drive and maneuver on the road. Every time we get in the car she's watching the traffic lights and the signs and she wants to know why we stop and go at stop signs and why we have to wait our turn at red lights. She wants to know why I can't go when the light is green (because I'm waiting to turn left), what those numbers mean (that's the speed limit, how fast we can go), why that car went when the light was red (because he was turning right and there were no cars coming his way), why we turn on the clickers (turning signal to show other cars which way we want to go), and on and on and on. You'd think she was studying for a driver's test!!
Yes, it gets a little old, but once again it is such a slap in the face at how old she is getting and that she is actually "getting" all this stuff. That she's been quietly observing all these cars and signs and things around her and now she's really trying to make sense of it all and understand how it all works together. And it's kind of fun to explain it too her and see the wheels turning in her head.
But it scares me....
only 11 more years till she is learning this stuff for real and getting behind the wheel!!
Want to test your traffic sign/driving knowledge?
I found a little quiz for you.
Don't forget to leave your score in the comments! You won't believe the score I got...