I am constantly been told that my kids are too young to do this or to do that. Recently I read a insert from a book about Bicycle Touring with Children by Nancy Sathre-Vogel, she makes a comment that when she started teaching it never occurred to her that her six year old students weren't capable of learning complex science concepts , however she taught them and they understood. It wasn't until she went back to University that someone said that her students were too young to learn such a subject.
So why are we constantly being told they are too young to learn this and too young to do that?
We really do put limitations on ourselves, or at least some people do. I would love to take my kids out on their bikes and go camping too, mostly to get more fresh air, build up their strength and their confidence it will also be fun but I know it will have it's challenges too. I however, hesitate to do it because I am told they are too young for all of this. If we do not try how will we know?
As a kid I loved nothing more than to go on my bike and be out in the fresh air. My parents regularly took me camping, in a campervan, caravan or a tent and guess what, I have nothing but good memories.
When my girls were in a stroller, I had a Chariot, I would attach it to my bike and go cycling with one of the girls and they would fall asleep or enjoy the view. I would also convert it to go jogging or convert it again to go for a walk. They are so sophisticated it could also be converted so that you could go skiing or hiking. I go off on a tangent a little.
What I am trying to say is, unless we try we do not know what our child's limitations are. We should never underestimate what they can do they may surprise us.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
My little 3 year old is in an amazing nursery she gets to do loads of things including growing cress, flowers and other wonderful fun projects. It is really inspiring when the schools get the parents involved in some way or another. So, we are now growing our own tomatoes, the strawberries are not looking so good, I think the seeds ran off when watered! It is great fun, it gets my kids hands dirty and gets them to see things grow. Maybe one day we will have a garden where we can grow our own food. I have tried before but with little success since I am not naturally green fingered, but mistakes need to be made to one can learn
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I love going to the library an picking books out for my girls. It is nice to go around and see all the books I did not read as a child and pick them up and take them home with me. The girls also love to come to the library, the children's section is well presented and has lots of space for drawing, sitting and running around.
We have read a number of books recently, too many to list. Books about giants, books about girls, books about fairies etc. I love helping my girls to read, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing your child develop their reading skills particularly when they love to read too and want to learn the words.
Reading is fun!
Monday, April 9, 2012
Monday, April 2, 2012
We had such a beautiful weekend that it was time to visit the beach. A pebble beach but it had all the excitement of a British beach in the warm spring weather. A time for paddling in the sea and a time for collecting shells not to mention ice cream.