Rosie Revere Engineer
This past week was National Engineers Week so I decided I would read one of my favorite books to almost the whole school. Well..I…did..needless to say I could have recited it in my sleep. The kids just like this book. It has good rhythm and fun illustrations. They like the idea of making things out of stuff. They don’t get to do enough of that you know. Rosie is the young engineer featured in this book. She has a marvelous collection and a great imagination.
Rosie the Riverter
While I was reading the book I did a brief side explanation about Rosie the Riveter and how women once built many planes. The author mentions this in the fun rhyming text of the book. Rosie the main character builds her Aunt Rosie a flying machine at the end of the book because her Aunt wants to fly!
Well one of cuties in second grade raised his little hand and said, “Well that was good because boys get to grow mustaches.” Yep…..they do friends. Well this was the last reading of Rosie Revere Engineer for the week. This little fellow was looking for the silver lining for the fellows. You have to smile because I think he was trying to be positive in his own way…Give it up for girls!! I didn’t go all into the war details but I did mention how the women were doing this important work because they were helping the country. I also said many of the men were away fighting in the war.
Girls Need STEM
Then one of the little girls said….and I quote. “Girls get to do important stuff too and we can’t have a mustaches anyway.” Wheww…..We all got refocused and I read and they listened. Now I know why I read this book to so many classes this week. We all need it. We all need to know that everyone’s contribution is important. Girls do have a harder time entering the math, science and engineering field we have to acknowledge this. Usually by high school they are underrepresented in advanced classes with an STEM focus. Without making the guys feel discouraged we have to cheer on our girls! We need to show them that they can be successful. This is one reason to keep sharing this great book with girls and boys!
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