A History Buff in the Making?

When My Big Little Man saw this picture of himself with his sister and brother at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, he pointed and said, “Amelia – Earhart’s – Plane!” 

He is 100% right!  It IS Amelia’s “little red plane”, the Lockheed Vega 5b.

And, my Little Man is just 5 years old (and has Down syndrome, by the way)! So how awesome is it that he not only knew and could say Amelia Earhart’s name, but he knew that she was a pilot AND that he recognized this plane, out of all the other planes he’s ever seen, as Amelia’s?

Thank you Amelia Earhart… for being such a memorable character and groundbreaker.  The world needs more people who think outside the box like she did!  And thank you Amy Adams and “Night at the Museum – Battle of the Smithsonian” for bringing her to life so my Little Man could “meet” her.  Who says history has to be boring?  Or learned through a history book? 

TEACH to the child and he will learn!


About Maggie

I'm a stay-at-home mother of 3 children including a 15-year-old daughter, the Old Soul, and 11-year-old identical twin boys who've been blessed with an extra 21st chromosome (aka: Down Syndrome). I happily spend my time doing all that I can do -- breaking the proverbial box wide open -- to foster my children's development and then sharing what I learn with you through this blog.
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4 Responses to A History Buff in the Making?

  1. Mary says:

    Glad you had so much fun in DC. Since you are within a reasonable distance, when the boys are a little older if they are still interested in flying and space, sometimes the museums have sleep overs where you can spend the night under the planes. I think you have to be 8.

    • Maggie says:

      That sounds awesome! I’ll have to check and see if they do that in our local NYC museums as well. The Boys were a little taken aback by the shear size of the displays in the Air & Space museum. Wouldn’t go in the rocket etc. But, the apprehension wore off when they saw that big “little red plane” and recognized it from the movie. We went to DC BECAUSE of the movie! They LOVE all the museum guys that come to life. They now know a bit about Kamun Rah (sp?) and the jackals and tablets and burial rituals of ancient Egypt as well as tidbits about Al Capone, Napolean Bonaparte, Ivan the Terrible and General Custer too. I doubt the standard history lesson on any of these characters would have taught them as much!

  2. Cari says:

    So cool! All kids are blessings, but those with special needs are indeed heaven sent if not but to give us those little moments of joy. My little guy has Autism, and as we were going over {and over} the schedule in the car one day, he asked me “why?”. He’s never done that ever!!! Tears just welled up. It isn’t the words they say, but when they get the connection, it is nothing less than awesome.

    • Maggie says:

      It is the oddest phenomenon…. to be soooo overjoyed at the simplest things performed by our little ones with special needs. To slow life down and appreciate the micro-steps it takes to accomplish those tasks. It has also made me appreciate the smallest of achievements of my “typical” child as well. Something I doubt would be so if it weren’t for my beautiful little men with Down syndrome!

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