You Know Your Child Reads Classics When...

My six year old daughter has been exploring classic chapter books (linked to the list of books we have read or listened to together) since she was three years old.  It's amazing what one can learn from a book!

My daughter...

Thinks it is normal to marry at 16.  Don't worry.  I talk about finishing school and likely college and waiting much later for her to be married.  The good thing is that romance in a classic book is so innocent by today's standards...

Showed me the "lame" school bus.  A wheelchair-accessible school bus comes into our neighborhood on weekdays.  One day, as we were waiting for our own school bus, she explained to me that the other bus was the "lame" school bus.  When I inquired about where she had learned this and what it meant, I realized that she knew the word lame from A Christmas Carol and possibly other books.  (We had listened to a children's version.)

Uses queer to mean odd or different.    Personally, I dislike encouraging her to STOP using her new vocabulary words, but too often this word is used in a derogatory way.  Anne of Green Gables and Betsy-Tacy (some of our favorites!) definitely use this word a lot.

...has explored different times and places that she hasn't had the chance to explore in life.  I am grateful for every bit of it, especially her large vocabulary!  (She is even willing to work hard to wash laundry during her Little House birthday party!)
~ Annette {This Simple Mom}


  1. I'm with you on the vocabulary words.

  2. Yes, I hear ya! Reading classics and good books is such a wonderful way to explore places and times. The broadening vocabulary is such a bonus. Well, except those words that have changed over time...those are a pickle.

  3. Cute! It breaks my heart, though, that we can't use those classic words that society has changed!

  4. I love it! It reminds me of the time my dd mentioned a "puncheon floor" when she was about 3. ;)


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