Let’s face it: homeschooled kids have a wider variety of reading material than traditional public schooled students. They may do book reports on obscure titles that no one has ever heard of, or on books that are on the current bestseller list (as opposed to the one from ten years ago). They are also more likely to read a wider variety of books simply because they have more time in which to read, and parents who tend to be focused on making sure that they have plenty of books to choose from.
On the other hand, some children show more definite preferences than others, and some have a distinct preference for a certain type of literature.
Is your child a fantasy buff? Do you spend more time talking about magic and magical creatures in your house than you do on regular books? You’re not alone! However, there are some unmistakable signs that you have a little geek in the making.
You might be raising a little geek if….
· You have had more than one birthday party for which you have had to design most of the party decorations from scratch…because no one else has ever heard of the book.
· You have been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter…and your child wants to live there.
· You have had more than one birthday party in which Harry Potter played a distinct role.
· You didn’t even hesitate about whether or not to send your child a “Hogwarts letter” for their eleventh birthday.
· Your child knows more about the Greek gods and goddesses than you do.
· Your child knows more about Greek gods and goddesses than their school materials…and gets mad at what they perceive as inconsistencies between those and the Percy Jackson series.
· Your child has ever played a rousing game of Quidditch.
· Halloween costumes in your house tend to be homemade—not out of preference, but because costume stores don’t carry the ones your child wants.
· Your child goes has been through their favorite book series more than three times.
· Your family frequently has movie marathons: Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia….
· You have had to explain to your children why Jesus isn’t exactly the same as Aslan.
· They were very disappointed.
· Your children can name the last three Doctors…and their companions. In order.
· Your child frequently makes reference that his peers do not understand.
What about you? Are you raising a little geek (adorable, aren’t they?)? What are some of the signs?