So I just feel the need to share some of the things Miss Madalyn has done recently ….
- Madalyn now has two favorite places to eat, and neither of them are ones that you might expect from a 5 (soon to be 6 … next week) year old. One of the places she really enjoys going is C&H Cafeteria (similar to a K&W Cafeteria) where you go down the line and choose the food that you want. Just let me say there is a DRAMATIC age difference between Madalyn and the majority of the customers … Last week, Madalyn wanted to go there so she could get chicken tenders and OKRA …. (having my 5 year old ask for okra seems kinda funny to me, but who am I to judge?).
- As I mentioned above, Madalyn turns 6 next week (where has the time gone?). When we asked her where she would like to go eat for her birthday, her immediate response was KFC. She did not stop and think or even take a breath before she answered that question. My huband and I looked at each othe with puzzled expressions … that is not a place we go, but then we remembered that both sets of grandparents have taken her there for a chicken leg.
- Madalyn gets to take a Birthday snack for her Kindergarten class one day next week. My mom, my husband, and I have been trying to figure out what to send (M doesn’t really like cake or cupcakes … only the icing). Madalyn quickly provided an answers, “Peeps!” OooKkk …I just thought that was funny.
- At dinner one night, Neil was complaining about something on google. Madalyn looked up from her seat at the dinner table to say, “Well, maybe you should try dropbox.” I immediately smiled and racked my brain to see if I could remember talking about dropbox (that is something I use quite a bit). I have learned that most of the time when I asked M where she learned things, she tells me, “it just came from my brain.” However, I took the chance and asked how she knew about dropbox (remember this is a 5 year old). Her response, “That is what the teachers say when they need to find the morning message. They also look in a share folder. I can tell you how to get there. Mom, go to My Computer and look for that folder so we can bring up the morning message here at home.” I work in the instructional technology department for the school system, so I knew what she was talking about. I had to try to explain that we couldn’t get to the shared folder since we were outside the school. She still wanted to to show her the My Computer area.
Madalyn is always listening and paying attention to what is going on around her (a fact that we sometimes forget). She is curious and wants to know why things happen as well as how things work. We try to support that wonder by making sure she feels comfortable asking questions, volunteering answers, and sharing. Madalyn has grown up seeing the adults around her read, search for things, ask questions, and have fun learning in a variety of ways.
I went back and looked at something I sent Wonderopolis when I was asked to reflect on how WONDER inspires our family …
“As parents, we want to develop, support and encourage creativity and critical thinking skills in our daughter using art, music, books, games, drama, technology, sports and whatever is needed to accomplish those goals. Wondering together by asking questions and searching for answers fits perfectly with that!”
I guess it is working! Go look for opportunites to encourage as well as support learning and curiosity for yourself and others!