Don’t you just love teachable moments?
I especially love it when those teachable moments involve my children teaching me.
This is how it happened:
The monkeys were loaded up in the van, anxious to leave, when I realized that I needed to give the chickens a little more shade. I picked up a piece of plywood when, out of the corner of my eye, I spied a definite slithering. Well, it was more like skittering. Whatever you call it, it startled me and I squealed. I focused my attention on the ground, and discovered a three inch lizard.
Most lizards that I have encountered are geckos. They camouflage well and “skitter” for their lives. This little guy did neither of those things. He had black bands along his body and he was very aggressive. He kept pumping up and down and curling his tail, as if to attack my shoe. Based on these astute observations, I declared “Hey guys! I found a baby Gila Monster!”.
We “oohhed” and “aahhed” for some time and then we allowed the chickens to fight over the tasty morsel.
Later in the day, in my infinite wisdom, I posted a picture of the little critter, captioned it as a baby Gila Monster, and proceeded to prepare dinner.
Here’s where that wonderful moment comes in! The one you have been waiting for.
During this virtual schooling adventure, “R” has been learning how to investigate and verify information on her own. She wanted to learn more about our friendly lizard, so she typed “baby Gila Monster” into the search engine. Lo and behold, the images she discovered of a Gila Monster hatching did NOT match the picture we took of our little visitor.
Of course, my dear “R” informed me, in her sweetest 10 year old voice, that “Mom! You were wrong!”. She did some more reading and research and finally concluded that the Gila Monster was, in fact, a Western Banded Gecko. Then, to make me feel better about myself, she made sure to show me the line that stated they are often mistaken for Gila Monsters.
Most parents don’t like to hear their child tell them that they are wrong, but it is music to my ears. It proves to me that choosing a virtual schooling world was the right decision for us. My daughter has become more independent and inquisitive than she ever would have been in a traditional school setting.
The next time your child tells you that you are wrong about something, listen to them. You might just be amazed at what they can teach you if you are willing to learn.
God Bless 🙂