Our 9 year old has a very short and specific list of things he is passionate about at this time:
Minecraft: A sandbox independent video game originally created by Swedish programmer Markus “Notch” Persson and later developed and published by the Swedish company Mojang since 2009. Gregory creates houses, farms, plants and harvests his crops, captures sheep and sheers them for wool, corals wild horses and tames them, mines for ore, obsidian, coal, diamonds…etc.
Pokemon: A video game, card game, or other toy featuring certain Japanese cartoon characters. Once he started with this I found out he COULD read, and remember all sorts of facts and information on each character. So it was not about lack of ability – it was about finding something which sparked his interest to learn.
Geronimo Stilton: A best-selling children’s book series published by Edizioni Piemme of Milan, Italy, since 2000. Scholastic Corporation has published the English version of the series since February 2004. Geronimo is a mouse who goes on adventures. Greg has over 50 of the 100+ books available and a “goal” to have every book added to his collection. He shovels snow in order to earn money to immediately purchase his next set of books.
Gregory was explaining to me that he really enjoys reading Geronimo Stilton because it starts his imagination. While Minecraft is mostly creating…Geronimo books add “Doi-ng”! I asked him to explain. He stood up and showed me….
I suggested he use his imagination to create his own characters and then he could write his own books once we are in Costa Rica – about all the adventures he will be seeing first hand. He explained he already has characters and ideas from 2 specific dreams he had.
I then commented he may be able to write books like Geronimo Stilton and kids all around the world could read them. He paused and then said “I don’t know…I’d have to learn to write in all the other languages then.”
THIS caused a significant Loud Smile!
I explained there were people who translated books into other languages. He seemed very relieved. I truly am grateful for our talks at the start and end of each day. They give me a glimpse into the workings of our child’s mind. And what a wonderful world it is.