I must admit, I LOVE learning! I'll learn about anything; dinosaurs, black holes, crochet patterns, mating habits of moths, grammar, the science behind rising bread dough- anything! So, I'm extra excited to home school Sam and help feed that insatiable curiosity that I know he has as well. He's finally getting old enough that the things he's interested in are interesting to me as well. We love visiting the natural history museum, where he keeps me busy with a constant stream of "What's that? What are those? What's this?"
It rekindles my own curiosity and enthusiasm to be around someone who's so excited about learning about the world around him. I love this post about home schooling; it gets me so excited about all the wonderful things we can learn and create together with no limits on how, where or what we learn.
Sam has recently discovered a love of bugs. He will run up to me with a hapless beetle clutched between his tiny fingers shouting, "a Box Elder Beetle!" I love that he knows what that is and is so thrilled to examine it, ask questions and learn all about it. He is a fearless explorer and an absolute sponge for knowledge about his latest interests. I picked up a cheap field guide to insects and it's his new favorite book (he's reading it to piggy in the picture below). He can name so many of the bugs now and I've learned a ton too! I now know how to tell the difference between a dragonfly and a damselfly (it's in the wings), and between crickets and grasshoppers (it's in the antennae) and have been introduced to a whole world of fascinating and beautiful (okay, and some gross) bugs that I didn't even know existed! Thank goodness for curious little ones that remind me to be curious too.