Over the last few trips to the library, the ladies that help us check out have made comments about the books my kids have chosen. The comments weren’t bad but they bothered me. The typical comment has been…
Your mom must have picked these books out. I bet you want ‘kids’ books….
The truth is, my kids don’t want to read ‘kids’ books. They want books that are about actual real life things. Don’t get me wrong, the love books about pirates, fairy’s, anything Dr Seuss but, they really love books about animals, vehicles, EMS(emergency medical service), planes any any number of other things. I didn’t chose these books. My job in this selection was to look up what they were interested in and help them find them on the shelves.
So my, my question is, are my kids normal?
The simple answer is they are normal for them. And in all honesty they are the way they are because of how I am a parent. I let them make decisions and the way I teach isn’t the typical way. If I can find a way to combine several ‘subjects’ into one I do! Yesterday we combined science, math and fine motor skills all into one activity.
We love using side walk chalk as often as we can! Most of the time, we use them to help identify colors, draw shapes, and yesterday we found out what happens when you add water to the chalk.
I love watching my kids learn. I love the fact that my kids want ‘real’ books about real things. I love the fact that my kids don’t want to sit and learn. I love that they want to touch and learn by trying. I love that my kids aren’t normal!