For a lot of us, attempting any kind of pop quiz on U.S. history might be pretty tough. But 2-year-old Serenity Moore can already recite the names of 15 African-American leaders past and present … basically running circles around most adults!
Just take a look at this adorable video that her mom Miriam posted to her Facebook page, which has gotten a whopping 23K likes and nearly 55K shares:
In the video, you hear her mom prompting Serenity with the first name of each leader, and then Serenity responding with the person’s full name, on her own.
“Barack …” says her mom.
“Barack Obama,” Serenity answers.
“Martin Luther King, Junior,” Serenity says.
The list goes on … and on. I mean, personally, she had me at Harriet Tubman. And she even gets a lot of names that you don’t hear mentioned casually every day, like Sojourner Truth and Shirley Chisholm. Astounding!
So how did little Serenity learn all of this? According to her mom Miriam, it all started when Serenity’s preschool teacher noticed the little girl was fascinated with the pictures of black leaders posted on the classroom bulletin board. So Miriam took a photo of the board, printed it out, and has been working with Serenity at home to learn each of their names and faces.
Miriam says she even tests Serenity sometimes — but the 2-year-old never falls for it.
“Occasionally, I would give her the wrong last name and she would correct me,” Miriam tells Babble.
At this point, if you’re like me, you’re probably wondering how in the WORLD someone could manage to teach a toddler this much information. Miriam says it boiled down to two main things. First, she partnered with the teacher (the board she taught with at home was the same one from Serenity’s classroom). And second, she made up songs using the names, which helped Serenity remember.
“Serenity is at the age where she repeats everything she hears,” says Miriam. “Every song she hears on the radio, school, and church, she knows them! So, I would use the names in a catchy song or a catchy tune.”
But in case you thought this was just a fun experiment, Miriam assures us that when it comes to Serenity’s learning, this is just the tip of the iceberg.
“She is currently learning at least one fact about each leader,” says Miriam. “She hasn’t quite mastered all of them. It is definitely a work in progress.”
The best part about all of this is, this mother-daughter duo will be sharing more of what Serenity learns in the future — including the secrets behind how she does it! You can follow her on Instagram, as well as Facebook.
We can’t wait for the next lesson!