My 7.5 yo is a voracious learner. She wants to know everything it seems! How do you slow down a child like this? I don't want to hold her back but there are limits. Right now we have 48 books borrowed from the library - all ones she picked on things she wants to learn about. Very few are fiction or "just for fun". (I feel badly saying no to library books because they are free and because she really does enjoy reading them and I know she will read them. But I am sick of walking out of there with 2 adults carrying full armloads of books!)
Right now her interests include: ancient history especially Egypt and Greece; tree identification; rocks and minerals; all sorts of insects and crustaceans - especially isopods and crayfish; the ocean; "all the math there is"; space; mythology... and more.
She never seems to "drop" and interest but only adds it to the rest. We currently have so many small projects going on that I am overwhelmed (she's doing great though lol). We have tanks of crayfish and containers of insects. We have skymaps and history timelines and geologic timelines and bags of rocks and minerals she insists on identifying. And tomorrow she wants to walk around the park and see how many trees she can identify! She was outside until 10:30 tonight figuring out the names of stars. She also asks to do math everyday and writes in a journal. (Today she wrote about "something only I know" and she wrote about 5 sentences about isopods!)
I am grateful she's such a motivated learner but I am burning out. She is thriving and learning so much! Is it right to want to slow her down? Tonight when she told me she wants to make a timeline "for rocks" (geologic time line?) I turned to my dh and said "You can do this one" lol
Any tips on how to get her to enjoy a little down time?