What’s in the box?!

Monday evening, Bailey sat down to write an essay about Tigers. Yes, write. Not type. 🙂 He had been in his room a while before I decided to go check in on him. He’d gotten quite a bit accomplished already, but he found himself stuck. He said he needed five facts, within the essay. He had three that he came up with on his own. Honestly, I assumed he’d come down stairs and see if he could “Google” it. He never did. I sat down on his bed, trying to think of facts that were so common. We all know, Tigers have stripes. I just happened to look over and see Jason’s old green box!

So, what’s in the box? Wildlife facts!

He’s had these, I don’t know, 25 years! I opened it, and hoped so badly that there was one in there for Tigers. I know what you’re thinking, why wouldn’t you just Google it? Bailey never asked, so I never suggested it. I knew there was a good chance, we weren’t going to get lucky. It’s missing some cards. 😦

Well,  look at that! We found it! This is the one and only time I’ll be happy with the fact that Jason keeps everything! Bailey was able to finish his essay, which turned out very well! We did not need to use the internet, which made me proud for some reason.

The coolest part of it was, they were Jason’s. He got a big kick out of it. They did come in handy, I’ll give him that! These will come in handy for years to come. There are facts about animals, I’ve never even heard of!

So, my question to you is, where do you get your facts? Do you go straight to Google? I know, most do. Do you own an encyclopedia? Dictionary? Do you have anything different like what Jason has?

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12 Responses to What’s in the box?!

  1. Joy says:

    Seeing that box make me wonder what the heck you were writing about. Oh Jason. My little keeper of everything!!! LOL! I used to buy all that neat stuff for them. I’m glad he has some of it still. Did I laminate the cards? They are neat things.

    Can you stand the Question of the day? I had it and what are the odds you’d write this??? LOL!!

  2. Laura says:

    I think it’s AWESOME that he didn’t jump to Google first thing. Way to encourage alternate research abilities, Mom!! Score one for you!!

    We have a set of encyclopedias down in our basement – World Books. I keep hemming and hawing about pitching them. I don’t really have a good place to keep them, and nobody will take them anymore. But there’s a ton of valuable info in there, and one of these days, Josh is going to need to learn how to research somewhere other than the internet – that will be a Mom Requirement, even if it’s not a school one. It is so incredibly important that kids understand that the internet is not the be-all and end-all of fact-finding.

    We’ve also got a few dictionaries, a thesaurus or two, a couple of atlases, a French/English dictionary, and an Oxford Dictionary of Music. Oh, and a set of books (3) on the Civil War, written by Shelby Foote, one of the biggest contributors to Ken Burns’ “Civil War” documentary for PBS. We’ve also got that on tape. (and Steve can recite both – the tapes he’s seen about six gazillion times, and I think he’s read that trilogy – all 3000 pages of it – three times. Before he went blind. and he’s listened to it at least once since)

    I used to have a set of “Christmas Around the World” books. They were shipped to me when I was a kid, I don’t know, every couple of months – there was a hardcover book, an ornament, and some sort of other memento. I LOVED those books. I don’t know if my mom still has them, though. I would love to have them back.

  3. SKL says:

    This is a really good question. Things are so different now from when I was a kid! My mom had several encyclopedia sets for us and we used them a lot. Sometimes for research, sometimes just for fun reading. I told her I want them eventually.

    Right now, my kids are too young to use a “real encyclopedia.” We do have many kiddy reference books, but we don’t use them much in that way. The general reference tools we use most are the globe and world map.

    We have a whole library (hundreds if not thousands) of nonfiction books for kids of all ages – even really easy readers. When my kids get interested in something, I try to remember if I have a book (or a pile of books) on that subject that is age-appropriate for them. More often than not, we do. For example, Miss E has been interested in Chinese New Year this past week. Turns out I have the perfect kiddy book about that, which we read together yesterday. Last week I dug out a biography of Martin Luther King that Miss E could read. Before we went on our Caribbean cruise, I dug out the book “Life on a Tropical Island.” I could go on all day, but I’ll spare you. I only hope we get a chance to actually use all of these nice books before my kids get too old.

    But sometimes we come across a topic that I don’t have a book about, and then I turn to Google. Like the time Miss E wanted proof of my statement that there had been a hurricane with her name. I google stuff about musicians so they can hear as well as see them. I don’t do this often, but they enjoy it when I do. I think it encourages them to be inquisitive.

  4. mssc54 says:

    My answer for the Question of the Day today is Jason! 😉

    During the week our kids only get to watch Animal planet. They each know some pretty unusual things about animals.

    We have four daughters. The older girls (31, 28 & 22) know everything. On the rare occasions they don’t know I go to the iternet.

  5. Money says:

    Waste not, want not!

  6. starlaschat says:

    Hi Nikki Nice to find such a vaulable find reminds me of the good ol days before google. I think its a good idea to be able to use both these days to google but to also be able to seach for facts without a computer.

  7. Joy says:

    We had multiple sets of encyclopedias when I was growing up. Laura, those Christmas Around The World sound really familiar to me. We had The Book Of Knowledge (I couldn’t find the ones we had) and there were probably 25 of them or so. We also had a set that was directed more to science. They were light blue but I can’t remember what they were called. Then we had those Golden Book Encyclopedias that I just loved. They made things so easy to understand. They were also really easy to copy for a report! We also had a set called Lands and Peoples and I used to just read those for fun. I loved reading how everyone else lived around the world.

    Now I go to google most of the time simply because we’ve turned into a world that can’t wait for anything. If we want to know something we just google. We don’t have to wait to look it up or walk “all the way” to the bookshelf. It’s sad on one hand but wonderful on the other. Sad that we’ve gotten a little lazy but wonderful because I think we think more now. I remember back 15 years and if I wanted to look something up or find something out, I’d just forget about it if I had to wait a day or two. I find myself now thinking more and looking more up because I can.

    It’s so fun to talk about this. Good post Nikki. I love that Jason still has that little box of zoo cards. Toby got a big kick out of seeing it too. He said “that’s the shit!”

    I also think it’s wonderful that Bailey was trying to do this on his own KNOWING he could google.

  8. Nikki says:

    We have a Scholastic Children’s Dictionary, and a regular one. I also bought Bailey a whole set of Natures Children books when he was younger. I think it’s great when kids go to the books, rather then jumping right on the computer. I’ll always encourage that!

    That’s funny about Toby! And yes, I am happy that Jason hung on to these! 🙂

    I’ll admit, I usually just go to google. It’s easy and convenient.

  9. Laura says:

    I really want to encourage Josh to use books, newspapers, magazines, tv documentaries, etc., as well as the computer. So many times I have busted a friend for shaky citations on school papers because she uses the internet exclusively for her research, and usually takes the first thing she can find, starting with Wikipedia. Wiki has gotten MUCH better since it’s beginnings, but it is still contributor-led, and should have its facts bolstered with other sources.

    Unfortunately, newspapers and magazines run the same problems now – many are nearly capsizing with their leanings and bias toward one political party (Newsweek), and yet, are still touted as “reliable” and “unbiased”.

    • Nikki says:

      I think it’s important too, to know your way around the computer. He does some work on it. His Social Studies teacher has his own blog just for the kids. They go on there and talk about issues. It’s fun to see what all the kids say. It’s nice too, that he can assess his homework online.

    • Joy says:

      That’s my problem too Laura. I don’t for certain “trust” all these google sites. I’ve takes things I’ve read as fact before and have been shot down RIGHT NOW and looked very foolish. I don’t always “repeat” anything as fact unless I’ve checked in triplicate. This is also like the post of reporters telling the news in their views and not just facts. I really wish we could go back to that day that Walter Cronkite would come on and tell the news and we could believe what he was saying. Aw, the simpler times.

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