Monday, July 16, 2012

I've Been Schooled

 After the earth was scorched from days of record heat, Nashville has been getting some pretty significant storms rolling through.  Recently, the boys and I went outside and sat on the front porch and watched the storm roll in.  I was pondering and hoping to engage them in conversation so I said, "Have you ever noticed how dark and black the storm clouds are when they are rolling in but when the rain starts falling heavy and it's right on top of you, it doesn't look dark anymore.  I wonder why that is?"

Jackson perked up and said "oooh, I know!  You see, when the clouds are building up, they are collecting all the water inside them and they become hard as a brick.  Then when they can't hold anymore water, they burst open and it rains.  Then that rain goes into the ground and the oceans and is evaporated back up into the clouds.  That is called the water cycle.

My mouth hung open for a second before I collected myself and asked him where he learned that.  He said he'd learned it in school.  Kindergarten to be exact.

It was more than a proud mom moment.  I was dancing in the rain over the fabulous school choice we made and how wonderful it is to have your child tell you something you didn't even know yourself.  Now what in the world am I going to do when he's bringing home algebra and functions in 4th grade!

After Jackson read a book to us (and this was no "easy reader" book either) before bed, I read the next book about animals in the woods.  One page had a monarch butterfly.  It had the caterpillar too so we talked about it.  I did a little point and tell me on the caterpillar to cocoon to butterfly.  Then I said "Do you know what it is when it's inside the cocoon?  Thinking I was going to be the smart and interesting mom...Jackson spoke up and said "Yes, it's a chrysalis!"

I ain't got nothing on that boy.

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