18 May

"I love history!"

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You knew this was true about me, but lately seven-year-old S has been declaring this repeatedly, which is quite a change from his previous insistence that he hated history.

Now, him “hating” history didn’t stop him from reading it and enjoying it, so I think that was all about getting the goat of one or both parents. Quite possibly, the emphasis was on the goat of the parent with the degree in history and the interest in writing books about this stuff.

But his newly professed love of history appears to be the real deal, and I think I know what started it. While I’ve been bringing home the U.S. history books, my wife has been reading Susan Wise Bauer’s The Story of the World series to him — Mesopotamia, the Magna Carta, and so forth.

A few weeks ago, their Bauer reading included a chapter about a little ship called The Mayflower. “Hey, I’ve heard of that!” S exclaimed.

The dots had been connected, the stories I’d been sharing with him had been fit into a larger context, and a (self-professed) history lover was born.

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9 thoughts on “"I love history!"

  1. It’s been instrumental to the love of history here too :), and yet it’s not the ideal book. Go figure. If you haven’t tried the unabridged cd’s, they’re great for kids to fall asleep to, and for reviewing while driving our or catching up the rest of the family…

  2. It’s been instrumental to the love of history here too :), and yet it’s not the ideal book. Go figure. If you haven’t tried the unabridged cd’s, they’re great for kids to fall asleep to, and for reviewing while driving our or catching up the rest of the family…

  3. It’s been instrumental to the love of history here too :), and yet it’s not the ideal book. Go figure. If you haven’t tried the unabridged cd’s, they’re great for kids to fall asleep to, and for reviewing while driving our or catching up the rest of the family…

  4. That’s very cool! You can’t push kids to like what you like, but when you’re truly passionate about something, and a kid eventually picks up on that and becomes interested for himself, that’s a great thing. For me, one of the things that I’m happiest about is that my young niece, who I bought books for literally from birth, is now a bookworm at 10. I feel like I’ve given her this gift that no one can ever take away. It sounds like you’ve done that with your son, too. Congratulations!

  5. That’s very cool! You can’t push kids to like what you like, but when you’re truly passionate about something, and a kid eventually picks up on that and becomes interested for himself, that’s a great thing. For me, one of the things that I’m happiest about is that my young niece, who I bought books for literally from birth, is now a bookworm at 10. I feel like I’ve given her this gift that no one can ever take away. It sounds like you’ve done that with your son, too. Congratulations!

  6. That’s very cool! You can’t push kids to like what you like, but when you’re truly passionate about something, and a kid eventually picks up on that and becomes interested for himself, that’s a great thing. For me, one of the things that I’m happiest about is that my young niece, who I bought books for literally from birth, is now a bookworm at 10. I feel like I’ve given her this gift that no one can ever take away. It sounds like you’ve done that with your son, too. Congratulations!

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