As part of our recent dinosaur obsession, we rented and watched Land Before Time. We is relative because I was cooking dinner, and Mr. 1 and Mr. Dad fell asleep almost immediately. (Some naps had been missed that day.)
That night, I had an interesting conversation with Mr. 3 that went a little something like this:
Mr. 3 : When Littlefoot is 2 years old, will he still be a baby?
Me: I don’t think so. At 2 years old he will be pretty large. Your brother is almost 2 and I would not describe him as a baby, he is a toddler now.
Mr. 3: A toddler?
Me: Yes, and you are what’s called “pre-schooler”. That means “before school” since you don’t go to school yet.
Mr. 3: When do I go to school?
Me: Well, you could go now if you wanted. I didn’t sign you up for school because I thought you’d enjoy being home with mommy and your brother more. Do you want to go to school?
Mr. 3: No. I want to stay home with you and I don’t want to see a school bus.
Me: I thought you liked school buses?
Mr. 3: I like them from far away. I don’t want to go on one.
Me: Okay, you don’t have to go on a school bus, and you don’t have to go to school if you don’t want to. We are learning at home. That’s called “home school”, We are learning about dinosaurs, counting, and practicing addition and subtraction. We are making art, and reading lots of books. Plus, we have time to go to great places like the science center and flight museum. I don’t think you are missing out on anything.