Monday, January 30, 2012
However, a new phenomena has begun at breakfast. After 12 years of plugging along, me fighting the urge to be the grumpy morning person I am, getting to school on time and in a ready to learn mode, breakfast conversation has become an important part of the time I have with my children. We discuss their day, my meal choices for the week, sometimes the older sibling imparts some words of wisdom to the younger sibling, in short-- it has become fun. And during these dark, lamplit-because-it's-still-dark-outside winter mornings, there are teachable moments. Sometimes they are life lessons like how to deal with mean people, grumpy teachers or other social issues but sometimes they are more academic.
Last week, even though my choice of oatmeal for breakfast drew several groans, I served the oatmeal with lots of different topping choices: brown sugar, pecans, bananas, apples, raisins, chopped dates, etc. So while my children complained, they loaded the sweeter items of their choosing on top of the oatmeal to try to salvage their breakfast. The dates spurred the conversation, "where do dates come from?". With the help of a trusty ipad, we answered our questions.
They come from date palms
Leaving me feeling very fulfilled with the little nuggets of information I was able to teach with very little effort.
The next teachable moment came a few days later when our discussion of the XGames led to the question- "Why do they start so late?" spurring a conversation about time zones.
The XGames are held in Aspen, Colorado which is in the Mountain Time Zone.