Before she was 2, my dd spoke clearly & knew her letters, numbers, shapes & colors... And we've been going from there. She remembers practically anything she hears! She's already doing multiplication & division and can tell you anything interesting about any continent or ocean (coldest/wettest/lowest/oldest/etc place in the world), and can identify most any animal in the world and tell you something unique about them... BUT
while she can recall pretty much anything, she can't seem to connect the dots... Without prompting. Asking her a direct question, gives you a quotable answer, but asking her an "if" question: if this person that lived here and did this went there and tried that, would it work?... She'd have to consider several things and link them together, but she can't manage without being walked through the thought process.
So, is this normal for a 7 year old?
She memorizes better than most. She understands and can explain things to her little brother, so I know she's processing the information. And while she does manage it every now and then, it's so seldom I feel like I'm doing something wrong.
Or am I expecting too much? (I guess maybe I've been so blown away by what she's been capable of retaining, maybe I expect too much?)
If so, besides walking her through it every time, is there expercises we could do to train her to be more analytical?