When I Grow Up

When I Grow Up

The theme for this month’s Poppins Book Nook virtual book club was “What Will I Be When I Grow Up.” This was a fun one for us to do. Between the planning and running of VBS and the start of schooling, we did not get much done in the way of activities. We did, however, do a whole lot of book reading and discussion.

Each of the girls got to ponder the question of what sounded like something they would enjoy doing when they grow up. We are taking the time now to emphasize that they need to enjoy doing whatever the work is they choose to do – whether it be a mom who puts her family first and doesn’t leave the home to go to a job or one who has a very important job in the community or one whose job seems small and unimportant but is not. If you don’t enjoy it, you shouldn’t be doing it because then it will be a JOB. And, let’s face it, that word does not scream fun. And what you spend a large portion of your time doing should be FUN.

My Choices:

If you read the paragraph above, you probably understand why I chose these particular books.

  • If I Could Work by Terence Blacker and Chris Winn
  • What Am I? by Debbie MacKinnon and Anthea Sieveking
  • Lives of the Scientists: Experiments, Explosions (and What the Neighbors Thought) by Kathleen Krull and Kathryn Hewitt

moms choices


J’s choices:
J wants to be a police officer when she grows up. She has a great role model for that job. We are currently trying to schedule a tour of our local police department, though she has been in there before.


  • P is for Police by Dori Hillestad Butler (Please read this one through before hand. If you have the chance to review it with an officer, please do. The information is slightly dated and the information on some of it is incorrect, such as when a Miranda Warning is given.)
L’s choices:

L has so many things that she wants to do and we tell her often that it is okay because she is a long way off from having to choose. She wants to be a ballerina, an equestrian, a mom, and own a candy store.

ballerina equestrian

  • Safe Horse, Safe Rider: A Young Rider’s Guide to Responsible Horsekeeping by Jessie Haas
  • Horses by Gail Gibbons
  • My Ballet Book by Kate Castle

We watched a video that we found at the library that was made in Norway, I believe, about a riding school. That was very informative and lots of fun to watch. Unfortunately, I cannot find the title of it and we had to return it before I got a picture.  We also watched some ballet DVDs.


E’s choices:

From the time E understood the power of the written word, she has wanted to be a writer. When she was four, she proclaimed that she was going to be a “writer down, book worder.” She hasn’t really wavered from that and writes fairly often of her own choosing. She also has an interest in designing costumes, which is fairly new. We are hoping to try to create something from one of these books before we have to return it to the library.

writer costume designer

Please visit Enchanted Homeschooling Mom and the Poppins Book Nook to see what others have done this month.

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Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God’s Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy’s Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~ Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ Laugh and Learn ~ A Mommy’s Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ Ever After in the Woods ~ Golden Grasses ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Raventhreads ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~ Where Imagination Grows ~ Lextin Academy ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A “Peace” of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am ~ eLeMeNo-P Kids ~ Simple Living Mama

Don’t forget that a FREE lapbook is offered at Enchanted Homeschool Mom. Visit her post introducing the theme “What Will I Be When I Grow Up” to download it.

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3 thoughts on “When I Grow Up

  1. Emma @ P is for Preschooler August 26, 2014 at 1:13 am Reply

    I love the sound of the book “Life of the Scientists” – it looks interesting!

    • 3gigglygirlsathome August 26, 2014 at 8:41 am Reply

      This is a really neat series. Titles that I know of include scientists, musicians, artists, and writers. There are probably more. They are not simple children’s books, though, so require prereading (not all famous folk have lifestyles to share with children). That said, I really like the ways in which that series is done and the information included in it.

  2. Jill August 31, 2014 at 5:28 pm Reply

    These sound like great books for inspiring discussions with kids!

    Thank you for helping to bring a spoonful of reading fun to the Poppins Book Nook this month!

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