Zariah picked up two books she had reserved. She enjoys reading books by Kathryn Lasky. She read the first book in the Wolves of the Beyond series over a year ago and was hooked! We went back to the library to get the second book and it wasn't there, so we got the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series instead. I believe she is now on book 4!
I found a "teachers page" to discuss things about the books with her. I am not going to quiz her on her readings, she is enjoying them and I do not want to ruin it for her. I am however, interested in what the books are about. It is neat to learn what your kids are interested in by letting them figure it out for themselves instead of forcing them to learn something!
I want to know what kinds of books she enjoys reading. I also was curious about what kinds of messages these books had. Here is the link for the owl series. I learned a lot just by looking over this page. I was able to ask many questions and get an idea of what the books are about. I like the quick overview, but especially love the life lessons built into each book!
Destiny vs free will
Friendship and family
Learning, knowledge and truth
As well as much much more!
I was able to have discussions with her about these things, these things that I had no clue were incorporated into books she loves! Like I said, I am not quizzing her on these things, but I do want to see what she is into. She often tells me about the books while reading them, and since I haven't read them, I am lost! The overview page will hopefully help me make some sense of what she is talking about.
Also, by paying attention to a child's interests, I am able to offer way more to their "education" than if I just forced her to do worksheets on boring topics. She is into this stuff, so she will learn it. I got lucky, in that the series she chose is loaded with life lessons and decently written. Either way, she is reading on her own...because she wants to!
I was just interrupted by loud noise outside my patio door...and an overly excited 6 year old. We had cranes less than 10 feet from my child! They flew right over her head!
Back to books: Here is the link for the wolf series. Zariah has only read the 1st book, but plans to get back to this series when she finishes book 4 of the owls.
While we were at the library, we picked out many (many) dinosaur and chicken/egg books. I am finally going to start the magic school bus science stuff! This morning we watched the movie, The Busasaurus, I had to sign up for Netflix to watch it, watching on YouTube was a failure...My kids have always been super in to dinosaurs! We own loads of dino books, but it seems you can never read enough dino books or watch enough dino videos! This time, I decided to check out scientific books, as well as a few fun books with dinosaurs as the main characters (with Zarina in mind.)
It amazes me how reading one dinosaur book, and actually taking the time to discuss what we read can lead you down a million different paths! One second we are reading, then we are looking at rocks (to talk about how fossils form) then my kids our outside collecting rocks, then read more, to talk about and compare them to creatures now. Our conversation took so many directions, all from one book! We compared meat eating herds to lions, and plant eating herds to horses...there was so much comparision and guessing. Their brains were going non-stop!
Dinosaurs everywhere was the first book we read. (We read dino books all of the time, this is just the one that got our conversation started!) I am not sure how much time we are going to devote to dinosaurs, probably until they are ready for something different! We have a fossil kit to do sometime, but right now both kids are trying to carefully open rocks...
dino dig kit Zarina got for Christmas.
Zarina read the fossils poem for us this morning.