It's Monday and we hit the week running! Things to do and places to be. And, along the way, I hope I remember to teach my kids a thing or two so they aren't academic delinquents. Truth be told: there are plenty of days that go by and not a single school book gets cracked open. Good thing learning can happen apart from books though, right? Right? Um, right?
Teacher: "Okay, guys, listen to this sound and see if you can tell me what animal it is."
[She proceeds to play said sound.]
Grady Lee: "That's a tree frog and we have lots of those in our yard."
Teacher: "Great job! Now, let's see who can tell me what this sound is."
[Insert said sound.]
Grady Lee: "That's a cricket and it's actually the sound he makes when he rubs the hair on his legs together. And, did you know that only boy crickets can make that noise? And did you also know that crickets hear with the hairs on their legs because they don't have ears on their head?"
At this point, I hopped over and whispered in his ear that he wasn't the teacher and needed to be quiet and give the other boys a chance to guess. Help - what do I do with my science-loving but sometimes overly-geeky-and-ambitious five year old?!
That's terrible of me.
He works really hard. He works with focused intention. He works with honest integrity. And he works by thinking outside the box in whatever ways he can. He gets things done. He excels. He gets noticed. And best of all, he comes home to me when he's done with all of that.