We are having a really beautifully mild fall here in my little city, and I’m trying to make the best of it with the kids before -40 takes over and we’re in an icebox again! Jude and I were taking advantage of the nice weather and trying to clean up the front flower bed. We were getting rid of potted flowers, when Jude discovered some mushrooms growing on a log. Well this was about the most fascinating thing his little 2 year old eyes had ever seen!
He immediately wanted to destroy some of it, as any logical toddler would want to do, and set forth to find the best tool for the job. “This is hard work,Mommy!” He exclaimed as he ripped, cut, and banged at the large log in the flower bed. As a piece finally broke free, Jude took time to turn it over in His hands, noticing the smoothness of one side compared to the other. I just watched quietly waiting for him to share his thoughts. “That’s weird!” he said.
After studying the piece for quite a while, I noticed Jude was paying a lot of attention to the details on the underside. “What are you noticing, Jude?,” I asked. “It looks like a bee house.”Wow, I thought. What a great observation and connection to prior knowledge.
I’ve noticed lately that Jude is much more capable at being able to express his thoughts. He talks about things in the past and makes references to things he knows or stories he’s heard. As a teacher, I find it fascinating, and as his mom, I think he’s quite possibly the smartest toddler ever!
I relished in this new learning I saw taking place before me. I think it’s just so special when we get to see first hand our children reaching milestones. I try and take a moment to etch it in my head so I don’t forget these moments.
Then Jude asked a question that really got us into a little project. “Do elk eat mushrooms?” Jude, Lulu and I spend a lot of time at the Forestry Farm here inSaskatoon. There is a large group of elk that live there and they might be Jude’s favourite animal to visit.
My husband had just arrived home from his day of teaching, and Jude filled him in on his little discovery. Ryan helped Jude look up on the computer whether or not elks eat mushrooms. And wouldn’t you know it? It’s one of their favourite foods! Well this was just too exciting!
I’ve been encouraging Jude to draw and write lately, and this offered the perfect opportunity. I asked him if he wanted to draw what he had learned so that we could remember. He absolutely did and worked very hard at scribbling on his paper. A moose and some mushrooms. Then he handed me the pen and asked me to write. He dictated as I wrote, “The elk eat the mushrooms.”
Jude wants to take this a bit farther by taking the elk some mushrooms on our next visit, which happens to be tomorrow! Lets hope the elk are hungry!