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Busy week, but aren’t they all? 🙂 Steady Eddie sent me away last Saturday for an overnight trip all by myself, which was my first such experience. I desperately needed it, especially because I’ll be giving my first wrap-up at CBS as assistant teaching director this coming Wednesday, and I really needed some quiet time to study and think and pray. It was a much-needed respite. I liked it. In fact, I think I’ll do it again sometime. I could already use another one. 😉
Lulu, grade 5:
Louise, grade 3:
How was your week?
I snapped a few “Caught Reading” pictures of Benny last night and decided I’d share the little gem of a book he was looking at for today’s Poetry Friday offering. That’s sort of backwards to how it all came about, though, really: I took this little book, which I guess we’ve had since Lulu was a baby, to the YMCA on Wednesday afternoon as one of only a few options to keep Benny and maybe even the DLM happy for the hour we’re there. While I had the DLM in my lap reading to him for a few minutes, I came across a wonderful poem by Marci Ridlon in this little anthology. The poem is entitled “Open Hydrant,” and while it’s not exactly the right season to appreciate the poem, summer hangs on through September in Alabama with enough hot and humid tenacity for the music of this poem to make me long for a run through the hydrant myself. Here’s a snippet from the beginning:
Water rushes up
cooling summer’s sizzle.
This poem is replete with alliteration and one can positively hear the water spraying from the hydrant while reading it. Lovely and oh, so cool! I determined on Wednesday that this will be my first poem to share for this Friday’s poetry tea time.
This little board book anthology is (obviously) just right for little hands, and the poems have lots of kid-appeal. The poetry of Robert Louis Stevenson, Dorothy Aldis, Aileen Fisher, Judith Viorst, Nikki Giovanni, and others all make appearances in this little volume. I’ve yet to meet a little kid who doesn’t appreciate Tomie DePaola’s illustrations, and the short poems plus the pictures make the ideal combination for a first poetry book. Highly Recommended. (Penguin, 2004)
I am very happy to report that since last month’s Read Aloud Thursday, we have fallen into something of a read-aloud routine at the House of Hope. We usually read our history-related chapter book during or after lunch, and then we share our just-for-fun read-aloud at bedtime. I admit that this causes me to get in bed later than I ought since our bedtime routine isn’t exactly a well-oiled machine, but I’m willing to make the sacrifice for more read-aloud time. On Fridays we also read another schoolish read-aloud as per the Sonlight schedule, though since I’m not exactly following the Sonlight schedule anyway, I’m not sure how much longer I’ll be able to stick to that. We’ll see.
Since last month, we’ve finished Then There Were Five by Elizabeth Enright and Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark. Then There Were Five is the third book of the Melendy Quartet, and I’m not sure we’ll ever recover when we finish with the Melendys. We–all of us–love them that much. Secret of the Andes was a very engrossing little novel for us to read in accompaniment to our study of Native Americans.
Currently we’re reading the fourth (and final! sniff, sniff) Melendy story, Spiderweb for Two. Our lunchtime read is The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare, a new-to-me book by an author I really, really like. So far, so good! We’re also still reading our Friday story, Lawn Boy, and I’m ready to finish it up. It’s really good, as one would expect from Gary Paulsen.
The boys are “reading” anything and everything we take the time to read to them. I try to share some of what I’m reading to the DLM in my Odds & Ends posts. I’ve been doing something of a letter-of-the-week with him, so I try to stick to a theme per letter: r is for robot; m is for monster, mouse, and moose; t is for tree.
Benny’s interest and attention span have really increased over the past month. At almost eighteen months, he cries for books and will sit and read through a nice little stack of board books. One book both boys have repeatedly asked for this week has been Freight Train by Donald Crews. This 1979 Caldecott honor book is sparse of text–usually one to three words per page, mostly just phrases to identify the various types of train cars. (The DLM has a great Need to Know when it comes to types of vehicles and pieces of equipment, so this is perfect for him.) The illustrations, of course, are exemplary–very graphic and colorful against a stark white background. I think we might need to add Inside Freight Train to our Christmas wish list!
I feel like we’re in a read-aloud sweet spot right now with the Melendys and Benny’s new-found love for books. I’m just so grateful that I have the opportunity to pass down this book-loving lifestyle to my children!
What’s in your read-aloud basket? Please, do share in the comments or link up your blog posts below!
Happy Read Aloud Thursday, my friends!
Will you indulge me in just one more shared excerpt from Then There Were Five? This caused me and my girls to laugh aloud.
Randy said, “What’s your favorite color, Mark?”
“Well, you know what? I’m going to knit you a green sweater. A good warm one.”
“Gee, that would be wonderful. But I don’t want you to bother.”
“Yes,” said Randy. “Green. With a neck and everything.”
This was no mean contribution. Randy hated to knit and did it badly. She had never knitted anything except staggering, uncertain scarves, and the prospect of a whole sweater, with a front and back an a neck, seemed as tortuous and difficult an undertaking as a journey through the labyrinth of the Minotaur.
“By Christmas it ought it be ready,” Randy said, and couldn’t help sighing. “Anyway, sometime before spring.”
“Gee, that would be wonderful.”
“Wait till you see it first,” cautioned Rush. “It’ll probably have three sleeves.” (151-52)
I couldn’t help but be reminded of this:
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