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Category: Grandson Stories | Posted: Tue Nov 21, 2006 4:49 pm

My two grandsons came over yesterday to spend a couple of days with us during their Thanksgiving week off from school.

Austin is almost 11 and is content to have either his Game Boy or the Nintendo controller in his hand for however long he can get away with it.
But Nicky who is 7 isn't as enamored of video games as his brother so he will come into the livingroom off and on during the day to watch a movie or draw pictures. Sometimes his wandering around the kitchen includes him telling me that "Sometimes my Mom will let me have candy". When asked "Is that right?" he will usually admit that it isn't really as often as sometimes. But since this is Gramma's house, the rules are more lax than at home.

Yesterday he was drawing us a really pretty picture and started spelling random words. I started giving him words to spell and he did without missing a one.
Then I said spell "Encyclopedia" (any of you other old people remember learning to spell that from the original Mickey Mouse Club?) He gave me a funny look and asked what a cyclopedia was. I explained it was a bunch of books where you could find out just about everything about everything. You could almost see the wheels turning in his head as he absorbed this information....then he spelled "B O O K S"

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glendann wrote on Tue Nov 21, 2006 4:56 pm:

How funny.He figured away around .Kids are so great.


reggaefan wrote on Tue Nov 21, 2006 5:03 pm:

Sad but true


Gardenstew wrote on Tue Nov 21, 2006 5:10 pm:

Haha what a clever kid :)

pondlady wrote on Tue Nov 21, 2006 5:24 pm:

I hope that folks are picking up on your g'sons desire to learn and making books, etc. available to him. Sounds like he is more than ready and very bright.


jubabe296 wrote on Tue Nov 21, 2006 5:57 pm:

Just being a Grandma for 2 months I can tell you grandchildren are great!!! We already have a huge stack of children's books just waiting for Evan. My nephew Brodie gave Evan all of his children's books or baby books as he calls them!! I have the enclyclopedias that belonged to my mother. While in school my sisters and I wrote many reports from the information they contained!! I still love to have a look through them, even if they are way out-dated!! It is funny to see how times have changed!


eileen wrote on Tue Nov 21, 2006 6:08 pm:

You have a real bright spark there Toni!!! I can see Nicky going far in life with a sharp mind like that.


toni wrote on Tue Nov 21, 2006 6:18 pm:

Lisa is a teacher so Nicky and Austin have been taught from the beginning. They are avid readers, Lisa or Kenny would read to them at bedtime then they would hear Austin (1st grade at that time) reading to Nicky early mornings. And it wasn't long before Nicky was reading on his own.
They go to a very good private school where Lisa teaches middle school science and are leaps and bounds ahead of the public school kids their age.

Julie, I did school reports using encyclopedias that my mom had as a child ....published in 1926, talk about outdated info.


dooley wrote on Tue Nov 21, 2006 7:53 pm:

It's never too early to read to your kids. Sue read to Erin while she was feeding her. Dooley


cajunbelle wrote on Wed Nov 22, 2006 1:31 am:

I read to both of mine while pregnant for them. Regina is an avid reader, Sarah takes it in spurts, but love to read also. In fact she is in my bed right now finishing up a book. Nicky is one smart cookie.

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