Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Trevor the Paleontologist

Trevor is the smartest 5 year old I know. He really is. We like to watch educational programs together, and sometimes he actually prefers those over cartoons (especially the cartoons Devin likes to choose!)

We were watching an educational program last week, and he said, "I want to make a discovery!" He said this with such passion that I promised him that we would do exploring and digging as soon as the weather got nice. That was the day before it turned 60 degrees out.

When we picked him up at school the next day, he threw a tantrum because he and his dig team were having such a good time digging and discovering things at school. We finally got him home, and we played outside as promised. Since he'd already been given some good paleontological knowledge at school, I had a heck of a time convincing him the colorful pointed rocks were anything other than rocks. I was hoping he'd be happy to discover something resembling a tooth or a tool. But, no. He wanted a fossil, a bona fide fossil. So, it was a little disappointing to Trevor that we only found rocks. (Devin had a good time, though.)

Later in the week, he wondered aloud if he should invite a girl to be part of his dig team. And, we noticed the teachers had made signs that read "Paleontologists at work."

So, it shouldn't have been surprising to me yesterday when Trevor told me that he wants to just stay at the Montessori school where he is. His plan is to go ahead and sign up for their paleontological program. And, this will have the added benefit of keeping him out of high school. He doesn't want to attend high school because, as he said, "they have cafeterias." (Apparently, he doesn't mind peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every day.)


Anonymous said...

Someone should bury a fossil and let him dig it up. I'm sure he'd get the biggest thrill out of that.

Amber said...

That sounds like a fabulous school! I wouldn't want to leave either. What a smart little guy.