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A Kindergardener Who Is Smarter Then Me

At VBS there are always certain kids you connect with more than others for whatever reason. This year one child that I made quite connection all started when the kids were saying where they were from and he said he was from Iowa.

Sometimes you are very surprised by what they know already. Here is a sample conversation i had with the child from Iowa.

Kid (speaking in his usual tone of excitement and wonder): I know a lot about the planets.

Me: Really?

K: Yeah. My friend had Venus and Uranus mixed up, but I told her how they should be.

M: Oh. Can you name all of the planets?

Kid does so without batting an eye. He of course stops at Neptune, so just to check out how smart he is, I ask about Pluto.

K: Pluto is not a planet. It is a dwarf planet. Did you know Mercury has a huge core that is full of iron?

M: Wow!

K: I can tell you all of the planets and their nicknames. (Which he does, explaining them all including the fact that Neptune's rings are sideways compared to the other Gas Giants that have rings, which is all of them except for Jupiter, the King of the Planets.)

M: You really do know a lot about planets. Do you know a lot about anything else?

K: No, just planets. When do we get a cookie?

I can assure you that I learned some stuff about the planets from this conversation.

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