It's so funny how you can tell a newly literate person -- by the silence. Paddy's been reading for a couple of years now, but he's just made a jump in fluency.... or integrated maturity level, perhaps. As a consequence there are new stretches in the day when I don't hear his high little voices playing pretend games or talking to his siblings or to me. When I go and look for him I see some variation of the pictures below.
Even when he's quiet, though, he's never quite still. These were taken during a five-minute period (sorry they are so blurry -- I thought the natural light would be enough, but it wasn't) . And this level of activity during concentration is very typical of my brand new 7 year old. I wonder how things would go for him at school?