My daughter had always been curious. She's always wanted to know everything about everything. This natural curiosity is what fueled her to learn to read at age 4, and to almost immediately dive into books and magazines that teach her about the world.
A dear friend of mine has two children that are much older than my daughter. They're also quite brilliant. When they're done with their books, my friend loves to unload them on us. My daughter LOVES receiving these books! She's read about ancient Egypt, different countries and cultures, and different religions around the world.
Now, to give you a little background. We're Jewish, but we're not observant. We don't go to temple or observe the holidays. We try to bring some spirituality into the home by praying every night at my daughter's bedtime. This consists of us taking turns to thank God for a few things that happened during the day. It's a nice way to end the day and show appreciation.
My daughter's knowledge about Judaism, however, is pretty minimal or so I thought. The other day as I was driving my daughter home from school, she asked me when we were going to our next Bah or Bar Mitzvah. She hadn't been to one in a couple of years, and I was surprised that she knew what one was. I told her we didn't have any coming up, and I asked her why she was interested. She responded that she wanted to see what one was like before she had hers.
My husband and I weren't planning for our daughter to have a Bah Mitzvah. I told my daughter that it requires attending Hebrew school for 2 days each week and attending services at temple regularly. She said that she knew this and was interested in doing it.
I asked her how she knew about all this, and she answered that she read it in her World Religions book. She said she spent the most time reading about Judaism since it's her religion.
I must admit that I never saw this coming. My husband and I have to have a serious talk about how to proceed. Do we have our daughter put a lot of time (and money) learning to read Hebrew and learning about her religion and culture or do we try and find other ways to occupy her time?
Books are a wonderful thing. But a little bit of knowledge can be dangerous!