Saturday July 27, 2013 12:15 PM EDT
Anala Beevers Is a 4-Year-Old Genius
by Dahvi ShiraMost 4-year-olds don't know the name of every state on the map, let alone the capitals.
But most kids that age aren't like Anala Beevers, a New Orleans-based genius who was recently invited to join MENSA, an international organization for people who score at the 98th percentile or higher on a standardized, supervised IQ or other approved intelligence test.
Beevers – who never leaves home without her map of America, which is said to be her favorite thing – knew the English alphabet at 4 months old, and learned numbers in Spanish by the time she was a 1½.
Her dad, Landon, who admits his little one is smarter than both of her parents, said in a recent interview, "She needs a reality show … She keeps us on our toes."
Anala, who aspires to be a nurse when she grows up, is very aware of her gifts. When asked by the reporter if she's smart, she nodded her head "yes." When asked, "How smart are you?" she said, "Really smart."
But a lot comes along with having an astonishingly intelligent child.
"She's a handful," Landon said. "I'll tell you, she's a handful."