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The Mystery of the Deep

I’m not sure exactly when it happened, but I feel like my son has turned a corner with his reading skills. It’s flowing a lot better, even if he still complains bitterly about it. And he’s been scoring 100% on his spelling tests at school, though he says the tests are stupid. No idea where the boy gets his stubborn attitude problem from. Nope, no idea at all. Ahem. Anyhow, last night he made it through a good portion of an Encyclopedia Brown book without needing much assistance at all. But when I attempted to explain what an encyclopedia was? He interrupted me with a dismissive “yeah, yeah, like on the computer.” No, honey. Like information found in BOOKS. Kids these days.

Five good things for this fine Tuesday:

It would seem I’m taking a day trip up to Duluth next week. It’s been a while since I’ve been there, kid-free style. Much of the day will be spent digging through book stores and secondhand stores. And I may just give the sustainability-focused Sara’s Table a shot. Any other suggestions?

two more of my son's clay creations


  1. Maggie Tacheny wrote:

    The little man’s disinterest in the word encyclopedia reminds me of the third-grader I tutor. He takes great pride in his spelling abilities, but often when I ask him if he knows the meaning of a word, he says, “Whatever, I don’t care.” Maybe I’M missing the point. Hm.

    Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Permalink
  2. Sharyn wrote:

    Ha! At least Parker usually tries to blow me off without being outright rude. Usually. But yeah, I’m not sure what that is exactly. Disinterest in pursuing the unknown? Already too many things vying for room in their little brains? I just don’t know.

    This morning a co-worker did mention the Simple English version of Wikipedia, which contains more streamlined explanations of topics with fewer technical words. May see if that appeals to the boy at all.

    Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

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