Sunday, October 23, 2011

Fiction or Non-Fiction?

Mica's teacher told us that Mica has a clear understanding of what is fiction and what is non-fiction. She read them a handful of books, gave them pictures of the books and they had to place the books in the correct categories. Mica matched them all right.

Why then does he think that Spider-man, Superman and Indiana Jones are real? We've even told him that they are fake. They are just characters that save the day. "Harrison Ford is an actor Mica. He is not really Indiana Jones!" -Daddy. I think it comes down to this: Kids believe what they want to believe. Mica has wanted to be Indiana Jones when he grows up for five months now. He learned most about Indiana Jones from a comic book. The movies are pretty violent. What Daddy and I once watched as kids are no longer appropriate for young kids today.

Superhero's are real to Mica. Even when we tell Mica they are fake, he still thinks they are real.

That is probably why the Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny stay so real in a child's mind. Some kids are told in the classroom, "Santa is not real! Your Mom and Dad are Santa." Then the kid responds with, "He is to real!" Hollywood puts out movies to reinforce the reality to something that is not real. After Polar Express, I found myself wanting to believe.

Is Santa is fiction or nonfiction? Not the parent's/media kind. He was a real person, so that is what I'm talking about. You can read about St. Nickolas here if you are interested.

1 comment:

Saru Singhal said...

I wanted to date Superman when I was a kid...Can you believe that? I used to watch the cartoon...I think the magic world kids create makes them happy...:)



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