My oldest sister Sharon, who is also a Kindergarten teacher, has been sending home homework for me to do with M (basically just what she sends her kindergartners home with). The other day when we were at my mom's house, we began December's homework. One of the activities was to teach your child about 3 animals who live in the cold. I thought this would be so fun - and it was. We hopped on Wikipedia and learned all about Polar Bears, Seals, and Penguins. We started with Polar Bears and she of course had a million questions. Here is an exact discussion we had:
M: But what do polar bears eat?
Me: Hmm (scrolling)... they eat seals.
M: Big ones or little ones?
Me: Hmm (scrolling)... little ones.
M: Like babies?
Me: Well... little ones that are weaker and smaller than the rest.
M: Like the babies?
Me: Should we not talk about this? Is it scaring you?
M: No mom, I'm not scared, I just want to know.
Me: Ok, well sometimes they eat the babies.
M: But where are the mom and dad?
Me: Well they are fighting the bear to try to save the baby.
M: Do they save it?
Me: (seriously wishing I was not having this conversation) Probably not.
M: (quiet and serious) But do the mom and dad hold the baby and tell it where its going?
Me : You mean while the polar bear eats it?
Me: I don't think they hold it while the polar bear eats it, I think they are trying to get out of there.
M: But sometimes if the baby is still in the mom's stomach do the polar bears eat it out of the stomach?
Me: (getting sad watery eyes because of this very sad picture she has painted in my mind) Are you hungry? Want to eat some candy? Want to watch something on TV?
2 months ago