I couldn’t imagine a happier profession than mine.
As a child day care provider, I get to play with kids everyday. Ideas are my passion and kids have the BEST ideas!
Yesterday, two of my 4-year-old friends and I had a lovely discussion.
My first question was, “How might I get to the moon?”
Jasen: “You would need super shoes to jump up there.”
Me: “Where might I get those super shoes?”
Jasen: “At Super Walmart, of course.”
We discussed the moon further and decided that we would need a gravity suit and air tanks and a Super Parachute (available, also, at Super Walmart).
Me: “There’s too much to jump with. How might we get our supplies up there?”
Jasen: “We’ll need a truck!”
Me: “There’s no road to the moon. How about a rocket ship?”
Jasen:”Where do we buy a rocket ship?”
Me: “Scientists have them at NASA.”
With that problem solved, I moved on.
Me:”How do farmers plant seeds in their fields?”
Ava and Jasen: “They dig a hole with a shovel and drop in the seeds.”
Me: “That would take too long for a farmer to plant 500 seeds. How do farmers plant so many seeds in good time?”
Ava: “They ask 500 friends to come over and dig a hole.”
Me: :”That’s a great way to save time! Good idea. But, the farmer would need 500 shovels, wouldn’t he? I don’t think he can get that many at Super Walmart. It would cost a lot and the inventory(I explained what inventory meant.) isn’t that large!”
So, I introduced and talked about tractors and planters and plows.
Me:” Now, how will the farmer water her seeds?” … Notice the gender change 😉
Jasen:” She can get a hose.”
“Me: “I don’t think that there are hoses long enough for big fields.”
Ava: “I know! It will rain sometimes.”
Me:” Super Ava! That is what the farmers hope for. On a rainy day, remember that the farmers are happy.”
Jasen: “What if there are puddles?”
Me: “You are right, Jasen! Sometimes, there is too much rain and the farmers hope for the sun to come out to dry up those fields. Last Spring, my uncle and cousin, couldn’t drive their tractors on the muddy ground. They were very worried. Boy, farmers really need to count on the weather, don’t they?”
Our conversation progressed through the steps that produce takes to reach their dinner table. During the discussion, we realized the need for refrigerator trucks too.
We had one great afternoon!
What fun it is to be an early childhood educator! I get to witness that wide-eyed wonder every single day along with many opportunities for chuckles. 😉
Today? Well, we’ll see what comes up. It’s going to be fun!