I admit, I was a bit of a geek for awhile in high school.* Math team and all. Unfortunately I wasn’t really very good at higher level mathematics. (They didn’t kick me off the team, but I became sort of a mascot with that dang happy attitude of mine.)
Algebra annoyed me, Trig tripped me up, Calculus just about killed me, and Statistics stinks, but oh, I loved Geometry. I have a soft spot for symmetry, and fractals, and someday I just know I’ll finally understand string theory.
In the meantime, we can celebrate the circle! Happy Pi day!**
*yes I know I’m still a geek
**now I want pie
Geeks rule the world.
If you’re reading this blog, then chances are you’re a geek* too, so you know what I’m talking about. And you get why I’m actively striving to raise a geek. But not just in an I-<3-scifi kind of way. In a I-love-to-read and question-the-universe and take-things-apart-just-to-rebuild-them-all-day-long kind of way.
I don’t talk about Josh’s brains much here because it can get awkward and braggy sounding and I don’t want to be ~that~ mom. But, it’s something I need to talk about sometimes because omg the kid makes me crazy with the smarts. I’m a little bit afraid.
For example. He’s now reading The Hobbit. (Not an abridged version.) I was looking for something to read TO him that would challenge his listening skills. After I finished reading a few pages and Damon finished reading a few pages he took it to bed with him and read it for another half an hour alone.
Of course, reading alone in bed is a nightly event and highly encouraged, but The Hobbit? Really? Surely he didn’t understand any of it? Right? Hmmm. So after the second time he read some of it alone, we questioned him, and he was perfectly able to recount the whole chapter to us. To be completely honest, I am floored.
Remember, he is still 6. Six. First grade.
Anyway, we are encouraging the geek in him:
- He goes to a second grade classroom for reading group twice a week. (Not my idea, but I’m really happy they found a way to challenge him! His reading level seems to be somewhere around the 4th grade.)
- Damon rebuilt a computer and gave it to Josh for Christmas so he could learn how to email and navigate. For extra geekiness it’s running a linux based operating system, just for fun. All extremely supervised by me of course. Cause, seriously, he’s six. (He like to email puns and knock-knock jokes to his grandmother.)
- Next month he starts an 8 week First Lego League session. Cause it’s never too soon to learn robotics. Heh. (And this is where the “I’m a little scared” part comes in. Just what kind of robot is he going to think up?)
Last Friday I asked him if he wanted me to get him anything from the library since I was going while he was in school. He thought for a moment and said “can you get me some good non-fiction?” Um. Yeah. I’ll get right on that.
Don’t get me wrong, he’s definitely a six year old in so many ways. We don’t even push him to do any of this, it’s happening spontaneously, and I’m left stunned by the things he says and does. So I throw as many geeky** things his way, and we’ll see what sticks. If you have any ideas what I should throw at him next, I’m all ears.
*It’s important to note that around here geek is a good word, nay, a great word. We pride ourselves on our geekdom.
**Including some scifi. Ahem.
I’m a geek, a girly geek, but a geek nonetheless. Did you know it’s almost all DH’s fault? The twittering, the blogging, he started me on all of it. In fact, not all that long ago he called me a geek as a term of endearment. It was a very a proud moment for me.
Anyway, last night I was looking at his stumble pages and found this site. I’m pretty sure I should add extra points just for putting it on my blog.
Now if you’ll excuse me I have to go watch some lotr iii on my dvr….
and if you know what that means without googling it, you’re a geek too.