Monday, March 1, 2010


As any modern suburban family, we spend some portion of our day in the car – driving to school, to the store, to play dates, etc. Lately, Anna insists on bringing several of her early readers with her – preferably the ones that she haven’t read at home yet. I get carsick if I attempt to read in the car, but she doesn’t seem to have the same problem. She just goes through her books as a wild fire.

When she doesn’t read, she wants to play guessing games or spelling games. It’s too funny when it’s her turn to think of a word. Here is one of the latest examples:

Anna: I am thinking of something tall and red, and it starts with letter M

Me (after several minutes and several questions trying to clarify what it might be): Ok, I give up. What is it?

Anna: Moon!

Me: But the moon is not tall and not red!

Anna: But I can imagine it tall and red. It will be a tall red triangle in a yellow sky! (giggles). See, mama, it’s a special moon! I win again!


Annette W. said...

Meghan loves to look at books in the car too. I also get horribly sick if I try to.

Anna's creative, but one of these days she'll figure out the rules!...or she already has and instead has figured out how to win!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

That seems like pretty advanced thinking for a three - or, maybe it's just that I'm babying my last three year old. :)

Debbie said...

That is too cute, the moon being tall and red.

Selena just loves to look at the world around her. She refuses to take toys or books with her. She calls out the names of businesses, or things that she sees.

Ticia said...

I used to read in the car all the time. It's great for long car trips.
Hah! No wonder you don't win when playing. I better not let Anna tell my kids this plan, because they'd love that way of playing.

Julie said...

She has such a great imagination. Although good luck to you! You'll never win when you're competing with her! M insists on bringing something in the car everywhere we go. But usually for her it's a couple small dolls or animals who proceed to have an elaborate conversation for our entire drive.

Autumn said...

That's too funny about the guessing game!

I always read in the car as a kid and never got sick. Mark gets sick now, but didn't as a child. Maybe it's just an adult thing?

fplam said...

This is so adorable! We do some simple math problems with my 5 year old.

Kim said...

Too funny! Makes it hard to win... We listen to songs, or books on tape, or Crumpet tells me stories.

Crunchy and Green said...

So funny, I love her imagination!

We have a book called Carschooling by Diane Keith that has all kinds of mental games to play while driving that we use on longer road trips, since neither of my kids can read in the car without getting sick!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

That guessing game is so funny! LOL There's really no winning that, is there? Very cute!

Adriana said...

We always leave books in the car for long and short trips. The boys never get tired (or sick) of reading in the car. I have forgotten to bring some books once or twice and I was VERY sorry.

MaryAnne said...

That red moon story is so funny!

My parents used to have us play the "alphabet game" - you find each letter of the alphabet in order, from A to Z. The first person to get through the alphabet wins. We also had a game where you got a certain number of points for trucks, another number of points for cars, horses, cows (we lived in a farming town), etc.