Snips and Snails

Last weekend we found a woodland snail and showed it to Katherine.

She bent down to examine it and said,”Meow”.

Anyone who knows Spongebob would realize what she was doing.

Spongebob’s pet snail,Gary, acts like a cat.  Hilarious!

Katherine’s only reference for snails ,until now, has been from Spongebob!

This reminded me of the importance of viewing and translating what kids are watching on TV.

Their preschool minds are clean slates. I enjoy finding as many “firsts” , for my young charges,as I can. Our reactions to and translations of the world make a huge difference to a child. It’s a priviledge to be part of building a person.

I am not against television but learning is hands on too. Preschoolers are busy building a personal mental library that they will draw upon all of their lives! It’s up to parents and caregivers to introduce them to as much as possible and to help them separate what appears to be fact from fiction. The words pretend and imaginary are spoken often in our circle. Don’t underestimate a child’s ability to understand concepts. They surprise me still!

Once kids can understand that there is a real and imaginary world. They are well equipped!

If I were you…

Here’s my poem:
If I Were You

If I were you
and you were me,
We’d have a different life
you see.

You’d live with Mom,
Dad and my bro.
I’d live with your
Gram and Aunt Flo.

You’d have a cat.
I’d have two birds.
My hands would talk.
Your lips would have words.

You could shout and Laugh
and sing.
I would hear not anything.

It would be great
being in YOUR place!
Then I could win the fastest race!

I love quiet and could
finally rest.
You would have a brother pest!

My Dad would take you
on his walks,
While Gram and I’d
have finger talks.

I’d enjoy being tall,
have curly hair.
You’d have blue eyes
and skin so fair.

It sure is fun
to think of it.
Our friendship would not
change a bit!

Because inside
we’d never change,
no matter how
we’d rearrange.

It might be fun
for a day or two.
If you were me,
and I were you.