17 May, 2010

Oddments

We've had some wicked thunderstorms these last 2 days. Even as my age advances I haven't outgrown my fear of thunderstorms. I remember riding my bike home from somewhere one night in the middle of a stormy Aug. w/ lightning bolts seeming to be hurled all around me, head low & pedaling as fast as I possibly could down Cemetary Rd. to escape God's just wrath. I seem to remember more storms in Mo. than anywhere Va.

Victor is on a science fiction kick. We've been reading the unabridged The Invisible Man for a read aloud but then I saw one of those Great Illustrated Classics of The Time Machine at the library so we read that in 3 days. I searched on the internet for the movie & found the 1960 version on youtube. I used to watch that waaay back when TNT had monstervision on Fri. nights. He is very impressed w/ the Morlocks & has a fairly good grasp of the whole thing; he went into detail telling daddy all about it when he got home. Invisible Man not so much, a great many big words, words I need to look up for myself. Still he wants to finish it.

I'd like to find more of those Great illustrated Classics, I must have had at least 20 of them when I was younger. They were so good I went & read most of them unabridged starting around 12. That was a mistake. There is no more self punishing novel than Moby Dick or anything by Jules Verne for that matter. I ought to read them again to see if my perspective has changed; I hugely enjoyed Treasure Island a few months ago, but Mike just finished it the other day & for him it was self-punishing to read it.

I'm still not in a school routine as I would like. I really want him to want to learn & his disinterest drives me wild. His writing, when I persuade him to do anything resembling the act, is alot more steady than it was before. He only recognizes 1/2 of his letters but I console myself that he knows their sounds & can string them together into a word. "Letter beads on a word necklace." He liked that idea & the look of delight on his face when he gets a word is beautiful. But he doesn't want to, just army games & war all day long, unless we're reading.

Speaking of we took our first family trip to the library which was fun. Mike got a book called Weird Carolinas & our heads are full of places to road trip. There are some out there things too, really just weird. Ripley's helped to write the book. But the best part was we got to switch off & I got to see the adult section. The children's room is downstairs so that's where we're at. My head is full of ideas; entymology is our predominant subject for outside but the field guide is not to be taken from the library. Bummer.

2 comments:

Home Instead said...

The twins have the same disinterest and it is maddening! They want to play all day long. I told my husband Kindergarten never looked so appealing before. They're not like Kyle at all who would dutifully sit throught Teach Your Child in 100EZ Lessons at 3 and a half. Kyle like the Invisible Man at four too. When I read to the twins I feel like I'm reading to a brick wall. However I'm encouraged that they do know about half of their letters and sounds and they know a lot of Bible verses.

prayzgod said...

I've personally been enjoying classic sci fi books lately. :-) I found HG Wells pretty good, but a bit mouthy in places.

I found Jules Verne to be great, except much of his journeys didn't turn out the way I'd hoped (LOL), except I was quite pleased with the endings of "Round the Moon," and "Around the World in 80 Days."

Now I'm reading some Isaac Asimov. Great writer, he does well at gripping the reader, but could do without the H word and the D word. His book, "I, Robot," so far isn't ANYTHING like the Will Smith movie. Albeit, I'm only half way through the book, but still, barely any resemblance. The book is way better, of course. :-)

My oldest child has been reading Jules Verne. He especially adores "Journey to the Center of the Earth," "Around the World in 80 Days," and "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea." He's read each of those books at least twice.

HG Wells - I can't remember the exact incident, but something disturbed me in "The Invisible Man." My favorite book by Mr. Wells was by far "The Time Machine," however, I found "War of the Worlds" to be rather gripping and suspenseful, thus well worth the read, as well.