Real life from the crack of dawn....
Monday, July 2, 2007
Too much bragging is obnoxious.
I know this and am often guilty of it, so I try to keep myself in line.
But today, man, I am blowing it all out of the water.
I am so astonished by my middle child.
Let me back up a bit and set the scene.
I want the kids to do some reading this summer.
They do read, don't get me wrong.
When we are in the van you will see three little heads tipped down, reading something or another.
Kate and Chris always read half an hour at night etc.
But, I wanted to encourage them to read some challenging books this summer and also keep their writing skills sharp.
So, for each difficult book they read (as judged by me) and turn in a summary book report for, I will give them a dollar.
I would be very poor, except they will be in day camp for the next three weeks starting next week, which will cut down on their free reading time significantly.
Okay, so now you are up to speed.
Chris checked out a book on a Titanic. This is a factual book written as an accompaniment for a Magic Tree House book.
Chris is 8 years old and a good solid reader so I don't consider Magic Tree House challenging for him, but since it was a fact based book rather than a Magic Tree House story, I accepted it.
What has blown me away, though, is his first summary report. He has thus far worked on it for a good half hour and he will continue it tomorrow.
This is what he wrote, verbatim. I think it is pretty amazing for an 8 year old boy.
Titanic by ChrisThe book I read was Titanic. Titanic was a ship built in 1906and was finished in 1908.It was owned by the White Star cruise lineand had a captain named Edward Smith,also known as the Millionaire's captainbecause so many rich people sailed on his cruise liners.On April, second, (sic), 1912 the shipwas ready for sea trials.Sea trials are drills were (sic)they practice turning the ship,decreasing and increasing it speedand emergency methods.Finally on April , 10, 1912the ship was ready to sail.Titanic would stop at France and Irelandto pick up and drop off passengersbefore starting it journey to New York.
Isn't that amazing? His writing seems so clear and his grasp of what he read so solid. Phrases like "emergency methods" aren't even in the book- those are his words.
I am just so proud of him.
Also, since writing tends to be much more difficult for Kate, it is so exciting to see this be an area of ease and success for him.
So, tonight, cheers to Chris. You are fantastic, kid.