Evidence that the Little Kid is my child:
ADJECTIVES FOR COLORS AND SHAPES. Color the boxes and circles. Write about the picture. Use color and shape words.
"All of the square boxes and rectangular shapes are JADE green. The OLIVE green circular shapes are in between."
Evidence that the Little Kid is his biochemist nana's grandchild:
ADJECTIVES FOR SIZES. Write about something you like that is very big. It might be an animal, a place or a thing. Use adjectives to tell about it.
"Megalodons were huge prehistoric sharks with giant teeth."
Write about something that is very small. It might be an animal, a place or a thing. Use adjectives to tell about it. Say the adjectives you used.
"Krill are tiny shrimp that eat even smaller plants called phytoplankton."
Evidence that the Little Kid is also his mathematician granddad's grandchild:
"That was a self-check, Mom. I gave myself infinity as my grade." (Sure enough, he had drawn an 8 on its side at the top of the page.)
Evidence that the Little Kid is way smarter than he would like anyone to know:
See above. Not intending to brag on my kid, but given the lengths that he has gone to in the past to fly beneath the radar, it is such a relief to know that the lights are on and a smart little cookie is home. Equally gratifying: seeing signs that he is willing to let his smart cookie status be known.
No longer having a big brother on the same campus is, I think, doing us a WORLD of good.