In addition to Ethan’s nightly two chapters of his current Zak Power novel, Ethan pores over a pile of books each night before bed. Why haven’t I shared this list of fabulous attention-grabbing books before now? Well quite frankly it’s not the usual fare of titles for an 8 year old. Have a look for yourself!!
See what I mean. Not exactly the usual reading pile for a small boy. But there’s nothing “usual” about Ethan’s passion for all things technological. His first written word, when we was twoish, was “off” – a sign he was making to put on the computer which was, as the sign indicated, “Off”.
Many of his first words were “print”, “file”, “edit”, “save” etc. Oh yes and while he still struggles to automatically recall those number facts, he can convert numbers into binary with no problem.
Oh and he even talks like a computer at times. I can remind him about something and his response might be “Saved!” or if he doesn’t want to hear something he might say “Delete!!”, in which case I’ve been known to respond (you see it’s catching), “reboot or you’ll be shut down for 10 minutes!”
His computer skills exceeded my own quite some time ago. Nowadays he’s my “go to” computer man for technical problems. His knowledge can usually tide me over until hubby comes home, however there have been a handful of times when he knew something that hubby didn’t.
How did I teach him all this computer stuff?? I didn’t, let me assure you!! Hubby didn’t either. Ethan just absorbs it through osmosis I’m sure. We’ve always allowed him to explore the computer knowing that there really isn’t too much damage he can do. Fear seems to be the biggest obstacle when it comes to learning how to use computers. Our motto is, “Just try it and see”. Ethan does this all the time and it’s amazing what he discovers.
He just seems wired the right way to remember these technological things. Me…I have to write down a detailed list of how to do something new on the computer. Ethan…while he can’t remember those number facts…after one go on the computer can remember the steps in order and describe exactly where on the page the button to click is and even recall most of the other functions in the same drop down menu. Oh it’s just so his thing!!!
At this point I’m pondering outside sources that I can expose him to to build his skills. He desperately wants to learn HTML to create a website and has already managed to get several simple pages together. I’ll have to look into classes or something for him and Daddy.
Can you guess what he requested for his birthday??…aside from a pile of expensive in-his-dream-type items like a laptop of his own for instance…A book about HTML to add to his collection. I stood in Borders, shoulder to shoulder with several grown men, while Ethan sat on the floor perusing the computer books I handed him.
Finally he made his selection. He’s what he chose:
Looks like riveting reading doesn’t it. Apparently it is to my 8, soon to be 9 year old. And it is so killing him to have to wait a while longer until his birthday to actually read it!!!