Instead of just resting on the couch and watching TV all day (which I would have allowed, given that it would keep them still), Katya used her Magic Tree House non-fiction books and various encyclopedias to start a report on dinosaurs... This is very much a rough draft; her work is usually much neater and done in proper Russian cursive. (She also misspelled words that I know she can write properly when feeling better...)
She writes non-fiction reports for FUN, choosing to stay home and do research instead of going places on weekends... So far she has written a ten-page report (perhaps 2 full pages typed) on penguins and Antarctica and a four page report on turtles -- all work THAT WAS NEVER ASSIGNED.
Yup... My eight-year-old reads encyclopedias and writes reports FOR FUN!
HOW COOL IS THAT??!