There's something that I learned on the way to inadvertently teaching Kyle something new, or shall I say it's something that I remembered. I remembered that my effort to "Read Together" is worth it.
Not much that is good comes with no effort at all.
Amanda and I finished Hugo Cabret and started on The Young Unicorns by Madeleine L'Engle. We had each read the first two of the Austin Family Chronicles (separately), so I thought that this one would be a good read-aloud. This was our third day into it, and we are both enjoying it thoroughly. I am continuing the habit of using her morning breakfast and lunch-making time to read. When she came down today, she asked to watch TV, and I stood firm, reminding her how much we are both enjoying the book. She agreed, but we both learned that it's hard to slip back into bad habits without a firm goal.
Kyle had really enjoyed being read to from a chapter book, so when we finished Just Desserts, I jumped right into to Little House in the Big Woods. Boomama had asked about chapter book recommendations to read with her son, and I had suggested the first few Little House books. Amanda never loved them (as I did growing up), but we read the first two aloud when she was not-much older than Kyle, and I remember being struck then that there was an awful lot of hunting and log-cabin building and such, so we are going to give it a go.
And that brings me to what Kyle learned this week.
As we were reading today, about Pa shooting a deer and eating fresh venison, Kyle said, "Ew." I explained -- not realizing the Pandora's box I was opening -- that venison is deer meat, just like beef is cow and chicken is chicken.
"Not a real chicken?" he inquired, knowing that he must be misunderstanding me.
"Yes, a real chicken. It's the same. They take off the feathers and stuff."
We'll see how he reacts to the next bit of animal protein that lands on his plate. I don't think that I scarred him for life or turned him vegetarian. Only time will tell.
It reminded me that kids are always always learning, and I forget that things that seem obvious to us are not always so through the eyes of a child.
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