Why, oh why, would you not want well organized, well researched, easily accessible information available to you at all times right at your fingertips?
Let’s own a set of encyclopedias shall we?
So, we’ve got out MAPS and we’ve got our TIMELINES and we’ve picked out SOME BEAUTIFUL LITERATURE to read together. And we start reading. Then the questions start. Sometimes we initiate them, as the grown up, the microscope, the window into a larger world – and sometimes our children shower us with their own questions.
Where is Italy?
Why were Romans so greedy?
Who are those guys wearing dresses?
How do they get their food?
What did the kids do all day long?
Why is mayonnaise white if it’s made with eggs?
Can I have ice cream now?
Some questions, of course, are more relevant to the development of our intellect than others.
It’s a beautiful thing to just lean over, grab the M encyclopedia and look up mayonnaise. Or R for Roman attire. Or I for Italy. Or all of these. At the same time. While you have ice cream.
Oh, for sure, you could just whip out your phone. Then the children would all glaze over, and be gone into cyberspace for the next 45 minutes. While you are at it, you could just check your Facebook and Pinterest, and answer an email or two. That’s not too distracting. While you are finding out about the chemical makeup of mayonnaise, you could go on six little rabbit trails of different recipes that call for mayonnaise, how you can use mayonnaise as a moisturizer and mayonnaise as a treatment for lice.
If you get out your phone.
But. This is unlikely to happen if you get out your encyclopedia.
I recommend WORLD BOOK. Buy last year’s brand new version, or the year before. You’ll save hundreds of dollars.
Next up: where do I put all the stuff?