The Chinese teacher said similar stuff about the boy's memory and ability to interpret and understand her spoken Mandarin. He seems to understand a lot more than what he is willing to express in Mandarin and when shown Chinese word cards, he is able to match words to pictures with ease and point out the correct pictures if asked in Mandarin. Right now, he is working with teacher on lots of nouns and just strengthening his Chinese vocabulary. At home, I manage to sustain his interest with plenty of chinese story books and after just reading a few times to him, he is now able to read quite a few books on his own. I do wonder if he is looking at the hanyu pinyin, so I shall test him by writing the words out on paper to see if he can read them.
Just the other day, he read the word "Minneapolis" to E when they were reading a book together which resulted in E's exclaiming excitedly to me. The little boy had a proud smile on his face when I peeped in the room. And yesterday, he read some of the books he picked up from the library and without any guide, he read "extraordinary" to me. My jaw dropped and he laughed.
Even little Nicholas is now attempting to read a wide array of books. His current favourite is Little Cloud by Eric Carle, Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose by Julia Donaldson, The Duck Quacks, The Very Hungry Caterpillar also by EC, amongst a few others. He is already reading some of the words excitedly, so there is definitely some great potential in that little tot too.