The other day my 9 year found small cards clipped together on the floor. He asked me what they were as I picked them up off the floor. I explained that they belong with a spelling program. Then I asked if he thought he would like to use it?
He laughed and said “I already. know how to spell. Why would I need that.”
He’s a dream come true.
What?! T.V. is not good. It’s bad. How many of you, besides myself, try desperately to keep the kids off the screens? I try to no avail but they manage to watch it, read it or play on some kind of screen. But then my kids tell me things that make me believe that T.V. is not always the evil villain that I think it is. Like the other day.
I was in the car driving somewhere with my 9 year old son. I can’t recall how we got on the topic but he asks me “Do you know how cows are branded?” I’m thinking that he must have read something from Farmer Boy. Ah ha! My methods are working! He proceeds to explain to me how branding is done (Science). I ask “How did you find that out?” He tells me he looked it up on YouTube (research skills). Then he shares with me that he was watching Malcom in the Middle and that’s what made him curious about cow branding. Hmmmm. . .
So maybe reading Farmer Boy and then watching Malcom in the Middle help to create this inquisitive behavior. I guess this could be called Share and Tell?
This is an adorable short video from Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne. Chapter II Pooh Goes Visiting and Gets Into a tight Place
After taking my older boys to classes they are taking I came home to my 9 year old playing with the T.V. on (rest assured, he was not home alone.) I said “It’s time to turn the T.V. off.” He turned it off and said he was going to read his book. My eyes widened I’m sure and asked if he was reading his Winnie the Pooh book “Yea” and he ran down the hallway and into his bedroom.
Shortly after he asked if he could read from the book to me. Now I’m thinking this is a great example of self initiated learning. After he reads a very funny moment from the story he said he was wondering about Poohs voice. I can hear Pooh in my head from when I was a little girl but just couldn’t get my own voice to sound like Edward Pooh. Thank goodness for Youtube. And right this moment he is writing something about Pooh. I can’t keep up with him this morning!
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