Give my kids some free time and the huge differences between them will instantly show up. By this I mean electronic free free time - we limit screen time a lot because I guess today that is almost everyone's first choice. Or well, maybe.
You will find L playing anything involving a ball out in the garden. He has even devised a rugby game by himself and bats balls against the wall for cricket. I have to mention that they have mean home cricket games with one bowler, one batsman and one wicket keeper/field worker. But give L a few minutes on his own and he will be outside.
A will disappear quietly and you will find her on her bed in her room with her nose in a book. There is nothing more tempting to her than a good book. I truly understand this as it is quite possibly my natural first choice too. Both of us have fiction as our favorite poison.
In the corner of the living room is a little desk that is littered with paper and pencils. This is mainly C's kingdom where you will find him sketching away. I do think he has a wonderful talent - he turned that black out cardboard into this wonderful sketch the other day. Remember that all mistakes will show on this.
Although all 3 activities has huge benefits and we encourage them all I wish my boys would read a bit more just because it is so very crucial to fast and good learning. From grade 4 on good reading is absolutely essential. Both boys are good, but reluctant readers. C does not in general appreciate fiction where L is a bit easier to entice. I have no problem with them reading non fiction, but then it must be sensible non fiction. I honestly thought that we did all to grow natural readers but in all honesty I do not think everybody is lover of reading and we should appreciate the differences.
With exams around the corner A is spending a lot of time studying and she likes to work in a late afternoon session (about 17:00 - 18:00) and then one after dinner. So in order to get the reading habit growing I have now imposed a "study" time for the boys too - or more acceptable - a read together time. We have tarted with about half an hour and will try and grow it. It involves me sitting with them reading our own books. I do hope this has a positive impact. Our two sessions up to date went down well and I do love that we sit close together and read - a nice and warm feeling.
By the way - did you know that the Nordic Noir writer Jo Nesbo also wrote children's books? I have very seldom seen C so enjoying a book like this one (Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder) - holding thumbs it is the magic book that brings the reading love to him. The book I am reading is a real gem - expect a review soon