Recently, our friend Ethan was over. While I was taking care of the girls, he decided to read a little on the couch. After observing him for a minute, Magnolia looks at me puzzled.
Maggie: "Mama, why Ethan not know the words?"
Me: "He knows the words."
Maggie: "But he is not saying them."
Whoa. Didn't anticipate that one. How does one explain silent reading?
Me: "Um, He is reading the words in his head? Do you ever read the words in your head?"
Maggie: "No, I always say them loud."
And she returned to play. I am glad my simplistic answers are all she needs at this point.