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Am I Smarter than a Third Grader?

Fine.  I have already admitted that I am not as smart as the 5th grader, but now I am reduced to a third grade level.  Last night we were finally reading the assignment for Monday (the reading book was conveniently forgotten on Monday and left at school yet again yesterday).  Luckily it could be pulled up online…by the third grader. (Most likely, I would have had difficulty).

The reading assignment is taken from the book A Tree Is Growing by Arthur Dorros and illustrated by S. D. Schindler.  The illustrations are captivating.

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I find it refreshing that the 3rd grade reading assignments are not just entertaining, but the homework is educational as well.  Some weeks the story is fun, some weeks the story teaches a message, and other weeks the story is full of interesting information about a specific subject.  This week’s assignment….Trees.  I know about trees.  I have planted them, climbed in them, pruned them, and picnicked under them.  I know about rings, sap, leaves, and seeds.

But…a Bristlecone Pine?  What is that?

Bristlecone Pine

Well, it appears that the Bristlecone Pine is the oldest tree on earth, the oldest being over 5000 years in age.  In fact the Bristlecone Pine is the oldest known individual of any species..the oldest living matter on earth.  The oldest known tree is in the White Mountains of California and is estimated to be 5064 years old.

Who knew?  I certainly didn’t.  So once again I am being educated by the girls.  It just goes to show that we are never, never to old to learn, and that we always, always have something to teach.

 

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