We normally try to fit in some school work through the summer. It's hot. Our schedules are slimmed down. I'm hyper competitive about getting ahead ("Who are we racing?" Name that quote for bonus points!).
I let it all go this summer. "I can't wait until tomorrow", my children say to me every single day. I panic momentarily, as I forget day to day, minute to minute what I have planned. But yes. There's always something. Swimming, museum, the zoo, summer camps, dates with friends and cousins, family movie nights. And we've been reading.
And so, I'm proud to announce the triumphant return of the Friday Morning Book Post.
The Scent of Water. Perfect summer book - a beautifully written, uplifting, and charming tale centered around a small English country town.
10 Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child - I'm only about halfway through this one but it's powerful and challenging (without being too tough a read for a tired mother).
My 13 year old daughter:
She's made her way through all of the Lord of the Rings books; The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers , and The Return of the King. I'm trying to plod through them myself and (eeek) it's just not my thing. I did manage to sit through the movies but yeah, with the exception of Sean Bean, not my thing. However, it's great literature and my children seem to love them so I can count this as a win. She's moved on to The Silmarillion which seems to answer all the frustrating questions I had as we watched the movies. "But who made the rings?"
Together we've finished The Sign of the Beaver. I think this struck her as too boyish but it was a pleasant read aloud.
We are now reading aloud The Five Bushel Farm. It's not a challenging book for either of us. It is, however, a most perfect fit for unwinding together at the end of the day. We're not reading together to be challenged at this stage. It's more about spending time with one another. And the poems at the end of every chapter! Love.
My 9 year old son and I finished Homer Price which was cute and funny. I think he really liked it. We are in the midst of By the Great Horn Spoon which is quite charming so far. These were both gifts from my sister who has a son a few years older than mine - yay for me!
I absentmindedly had the Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone audiobook on in the car and was surprised when my son would pathetically beg me to leave him in the car (in July at 100+ temps) so he could keep listening. I declined, but agreed to start reading it to him myself. He is entranced.
All together now! It was my intention to read through the Lord of the Rings books together but it didn't strike anyone as a great read aloud so my husband asked it we could continue on with more Little House books (swoon!). So he is reading These Happy Golden Years to everyone in the evenings. I love his voice and he does add a little, ahem, color to some of the conversations so the children get a kick out it.
The baby: Help. I sit down to read to her and she immediately grabs it out of my hands and won't give it back. I try to put her in her crib so she can't reach it but she's no fan of her crib and just screams. Any tips for reading to a grabber?
Speaking of books and leisurely summers, I need to get cracking on school plans! Have a great weekend, friends.