Nicholas is my idiot-savant. He showed his teachers the savant part last week during a literacy assessment. Then, presumably, the idiot part during the motor-skills testing the next day.
We sat in on the literacy and skills testing. It’s fascinating to see the logic of little kid’s minds. It went like this.
Teacher: I’m going to give you a block, and you tell me what color it is. So, if I give you this block, you’d say…
Test begins. Teacher gives Nicholas a yellow block.
Teacher: What color is this?
Nicholas grabs a red block.
Nicholas: This (red block) and this (yellow block) make orange.
Teacher: What color is that one?
Nicholas: They mix together and make orange.
Teacher: That’s correct.
Nicholas: They mix together.
Teacher: But what color is this one?
Teacher: For this one, I need my timer.
Nicholas points to a bin labeled “time.”
Nicholas: There’s time over there. It says time over there.
Teacher: For this one you have to watch closely…
Nicholas bugs out his eyes and moves his head around in circular motion. He’s “watching closely.”
(It was hilarious. It took everything not to laugh disruptingly loud.)
Teacher: Can you sing the ABCs?
Nicholas: Yes, I’m very good at it.
(He is. And distinctly said each letter: l, m, n, o, p. As a kid, I don’t how long I thought “elem-en-toe-pee” was a letter.)
After each activity, Nicholas clapped and leaned over to read what the teacher was writing on the score card. (I warned her he could read.) He didn’t do everything perfectly; scary if he did. He thought his knuckles were his shoulder or shin. He thought a picture of a shoe was a computer mouse, couldn’t put one block “between” two others, etc.
Then when it was over, he tried repeatedly to put his backpack on sideways. He whined, “Eeeeh!” every time he couldn’t get his arm in the sideways-backpack strap. That’s how I imagine thee entire motor-skills test went. A lot of “Eeeeh! Eeeeh! Eeeeh!”