"If you are still in the process of raising children, be aware that the tiny fingerprints that show up on almost every newly cleaned surface, the toys scattered about the house, the piles and piles of laundry to be tackled will disappear all too soon and that you will—to your surprise—miss them profoundly."
-Pres. Thomas S. Monson

Monday, September 16, 2013

Onward to Animals

Will only plays with one thing at a time.  It started with cars, and then motorcycles, then Lightning McQueen stole his heart for some time.  Thomas came and went, monster trucks, Legos, drawing, and now the boy loves animals.

He reads for hours in his Animal Encyclopedia.  He has measuring tapes that he measures them with to see how big they really are.  He memorizes how much they weigh and where they live.  He writes, and rewrites, all of these facts in his own animal books.  His brain is incredible!  I've learned not to doubt him when he tells me something about an animal- he is rarely, if ever, wrong.

Because of the hours of research, his knowledge of animals surpasses other kids his age.  For example, in his first grade class they are talking about things that are living, and non living.  For his assignment he had to color a picture of two things that are living, and two things that are nonliving.

First, "A ROCK is nonliving."

Second, "A TWIG is nonliving."

And here's where it gets interesting...

"A MONITOR is living."  {accompanied by a crayon drawing of a monitor lizard}

"A RETICULATED PYTHON is living."  {another crayola reptile is portrayed}

I'm sure the teacher would have been satisfied with "lizard" and "snake."  :)

Will and Annie play animals a lot.  I giggled when I heard Will in the other room say, "I'm a North African Spiny Tailed Lizard.  Annie, what are you going to be?"

When she replied with, "A Porcupine," he wasn't satisfied.

"A Brazilian Porcupine?"  He asks.

I can't help but wonder what this kid is going to do with his life one day.