Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Week of 11/15

A normal week. No sicknesses, no extraordinary events, except a visit to the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.

J's reading is slowing down. Or, I should say, his fiction reading is slowing down. Lately he's been reading a lot of Tintin and Calvin and Hobbes, and a lot of library books on planes. But it's hard to tell how much actual reading is going on. I have been lax on having him read The Landing of the Pilgrims. It's time to find a book to read together and discuss, as we did with Charlotte's Web, etc. Maybe Trumpet of the Swan, or Little House in the Big Woods. (L I Wilder may seem too girlish?)

E is reading too many American Girl magazines but she is doing well with her reading. Sometimes she reads to J and I can hear that she is doing fine. But I need to amp up the quality for her too...

Both kids adore the Spectrum test prep books but I don't want to start relying on that type of work too much. Easy for me, not very good for them.

Along with our Swallows and Amazons reading, we are reading The Seven Wonders of the World, which is actually about 7 groups of wonders. Right now we are on the wonders of the ancient world (Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Temple of Diana, etc.). Very interesting; written from a Christian perspective. This was precipitated by the kids listening to an audio book The 7 Wonders of Sassafras Springs.

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