Tuesday, March 05, 2013

No matter what, today was a winner

In spite of a lot of Phineas and Ferb, today was still a parenting and homeschooling winner. We had a visit with Judith (and therefore Isaiah and Aaron), Thomas spent a lot of the afternoon building with Duplo, which is new as of a few days ago, and today I read two chapters of Farmer Boy to Nathaniel while the girls and Thomas played around us.

We read the part where the neighbourhood bullies try to beat up the teacher and get thrashed themselves, and Nat was so excited, and I could feel him wiggling on my lap and then when we found out that the teacher had used Almanzo's father's oxen whip Nat screamed with excitement, and it was golden.

And then we read about breakfast the next morning and were impressed with the food, and I spontaneously hauled the kids downstairs and got out the maple syrup from the fridge and made maple taffy.

It was good.

Evidence of maple taffy

Do you think we should keep him in here permanently, or let him out from time to time?


so many things to love... said...

That is exactly the kind of book reading reaction I hope for someday.

lissla lissar said...

It's perfect. I got some of that kind of reaction when we were reading The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, too, but Prince Caspian didn't feel right for read-alouds. Maybe in a year. Farmer Boy is nearly perfect. I'm editing a little from the descriptions but it's full of the practical details that Nat loves, and of important, non-preachy moral lessons- we talked about bullies and doing the job you've signed up for, even if it's hard. I think we're now six chapters in.