I loved the scholastic book orders when I was a kid. Mom and Dad always made sure I could get a new book (sometimes two or three) every month. I looked forward to going through the brightly coloured pages of the order, searching for the right one. Something that piqued my interest: often it would be something about unicorns, or wizards, or fairies. So You Want to be a Wizard was one of my very favourite books, and I remember with fondness the Unicorn Queen series as well.
I absolutely love that the kid being in school means we once again get the excitement and joy of a monthly book order. She loves looking through the pages as much as I did. And her teacher always makes sure to find us a copy of the “big kids” book order sheets too. After all, the pre-k book order is all picture books and board books – and we generally like to order chapter books.
Normally we get a book or two, or if there’s a really good deal on a pack of books we’ll get that. This last one though? Eeeps. I don’t think I’ve ever spent that much on a book order. But honestly? It was something we couldn’t pass up.
The best time to teach a child about ANY topic is when they are passionate about it. And right now, thanks to first reading a book about Odysseus and now reading the Goddess Girls books, the girl LOVES learning about Greek myth. So when a four piece children’s encyclopedias all about mythology showed up in the last book order, what else could we do? We figured out the money, because one doesn’t look a gift horse in the mouth. 😉
So soon, we’ll be sitting down with the girl’s very first encyclopedias. And she couldn’t be more excited about them. It’s going to be really cool, and I love that this is a topic that enlivens her. Learning can be so much fun – especially when you are allowed to follow your passions!
We’re laying in bed, snuggled up together. She eating a bedtime snack of applesauce. Me reading our nightly chapters. We’re on page 140-something of Aphrodite the Diva (one of the Goddess Girls books by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams).
Aphrodite is holding a contest for the mortal girls of Greece, when Lily-Ann exclaims “Hey!”
“Hey what?” say I.
“There can be two Goddesses of Love! Aphrodite is the Goddess of love for the Greeks, and Isis is the Goddess of love for the Egyptians. They don’t have to fight, they can both be the Goddess Girls of love!”
“Oh my goodness!” I marvel at her wit, “You’re right. I wonder what will happen next in the book. Do you think they might figure that out?”
“I don’t know momma. Keep reading!”
Seriously, is there anything more cool than the aha moments of a clever four year old?
A page or so later we read how Aphrodite is confiding in Ares, about how she feels about her part in the Trojan “incident”. When another lightbulb goes off: “Mom! We’ve read about Odysseus before, in another chapter book.”
“That’s right, he fought in the Trojan war. We’ve talked about him a few times, haven’t we?” She nods her head enthusiastically. “It’s neat when we meet the same characters in different books, isn’t it?” She grins and nods again.
Lily-Ann asks “Do you remember the Trojan horse?” the wheels obviously turning, making connections. Then she giggles over the brilliance of Odysseus and the lack of foresight demonstrated by the Trojans.
“I do.” I smile at her and give her side a little tickle. “Should I keep reading?”
We settle back in for some more cuddles and read on.
Is it any wonder this is my favourite time of day? 🙂