That tricky concept of time
I don't mean time on a clock, although she's making progress there too, but in the past-present-future sense.
A few weeks ago she was saying things like "When I was your age, Mummy, I used to drive the car and you used to sit in the back," and I didn't argue with her because - well, who's to say she's wrong? I'm still not 100% convinced that time always flows in the way we conventionally assume it does. She might have been having some kind of future-memory of me being very old and her being grown up. She might have been being imaginative and just confusing it with memory. I really don't know.
But something - I'm trying to think what - got her thinking about the ageing process. Oh, she asked me what I would look like when I was an old lady, I think. Something like that.
"Much like I do now I think, but more wrinkly and with white hair," I said, - and she burst into tears!
"I don't want you to have white hair! I'll miss your black hair!"
"Well it will happen very slowly - you'll hardly notice. And I have some white hairs already: look! They're ok, aren't they?"
"Yes but I don't want you to get any more. And will your hair stay long or be short and curly?"
Ahhh of course, old ladies mostly have short curly hair, don't they? Dear me.
"No, it will stay long. Just like it is now. Maybe even longer."
She was happy about that, but has asked similar questions since, just to check. The thing is, she's suddenly realised things and people do change with time, but she worried that it might be a sudden change and that everything might suddenly become different and unrecognisable. Quite a reasonable concern, for a four year old IMO.
The fact that she's wondering how the progress of time works is a big shift for her. This is the best thing about home ed, I think. Being there and having those conversations and watching the mental developments happen never stops fascinating me. The human mind is the most amazing, wonderful thing - far too precious to be locked in a classroom and subjected to a national curriculum.