This Kid is something of a Math Genius. I am not just saying this as a biased and proud mother. She is already doing what I consider to be Second Grade or higher level Math, including multiplication of single digit numbers. The other kids in her age group are still doing basic numbers and addition and subtraction w/ pictures. We are going to ask her teacher to move her up in Math b/c she is doing the work too quickly and is bored w/ it. I bought her a First Grade workbook for Math to do at home during her study time (twenty minutes after we get home for homework or quiet study), and she finished it. It wasn’t even challenging.
We are finding bored is a common theme.
She does not enjoy reading as much. I would say she is bored w/ it, and is eager to rush through her writing to move on to other things (like Math). I want to get some books on her level that will be interesting to her, but maintain the principles we are trying to foster in her, both at home and at school. Like Renee, I am trying to use feminism and womanism at the forefront of my teaching (along w/ some fun Pagan themes involving seasons and such). That being said, I am as tired as can be of Grimm’s and Hans Christian Andersen and most of the tripe thrown in there. In short, I don’t find those stories particularly woman friendly, and want to find more appropriate female characters for The Kid to love. Some of the stories also use language that I don’t find acceptable today, in our more “evolved” age.
She has already asked me to read Harry Potter to her, and I agreed as soon as we get my books out of storage, and we made an agreement that she would try to read the words she can on her own to me. But I really want to get her some stories w/ female protagonists, as much as I love the Hermione Grangers and Ginny Weasleys of literature, I also want someone who is a main character, and not just a supporting role for the male protagonist, no matter how kick ass those girls are, and no matter how much I love the stories of said male protagonist.
So, Readerland, my question to you:
What are your favorite feminist/womanist friendly books? I want the Proggy reader list, gender equality and POC positive, and everything else. I want to know your favorite books for the K-2 independent reading level, and also the more advanced ones that you read to your favorite youngsters, be it your own offspring or nieces, nephews, godchildren, friends kids, etc.