We are learning about farms, crops, and animals this week. Most of my children have a basic understanding of the concept. Most know that milk comes from cows and pigs give us ham. A couple of my children spotted a "salt block" in one of the farm books that we have and knew all about it. Another told me "kids are goats, not us". The boys love combines and big tractors. But yesterday we read a book called "Farms Feed the World" and there were a few surprises to discuss. We learned about rice paddies, fish farms, and cranberry bogs. At the end of the book there were lots of smiles and raised hands. I thought we would jump right into the fish farm questions. Oh, no...
I called on one of my little girls, and she promptly informed me, "That's wrong Mrs. Maurer. WalMart feeds us. They have ALL the food!" LOL With great self-control I told her she was so right, but "WalMart doesn't make the food, the farmers do. And then they put it on big trucks and take it to WalMart." Another of my girls couldn't wait until I called on her for the truth. She blurted out- "No, God makes the food!" Well, yes..., okay, "I guess the farmers take care of it." That seemed to satisfy everyone.
So here's how it works- God makes the food, the farmers tend it, the trucks take it to WalMart, and we buy it.
Anyone still wondering why I teach? :)