Watched a couple of basketball games last night. (You may have caught the tweet about one ref explaining the rules to the other ref...) It was a double header -- sort of -- #3 and #4 both had games, fortunately at the same place and in succession.
My wife and I were struck by the differences between the two games. Specifically, the size and skill of the boys playing. There was only one grade between them but the contrast between the older and younger players was astounding.
First, the boys were all much bigger. They were stronger, faster, and more coordinated. Second, they demonstrated better ball handling -- some were better than others, but at this next level, they all had the basics.
I suspect that those boys on the older team don't realize how much better they've gotten. Or how much they’ve grown. The change occurred too slowly to notice themselves. But in one year all of that little growing has added up.
A lot can happen in a year, even if it's only a page or two each day. (See how I slipped in a bit about writing?) Breakthroughs are great, but you can’t count on them. What you can count on is enhancement. Slow, steady progress toward mastery.