I have been wanting to start reading books to the boys at night, and the last time we hit up the library I checked out a classic. We are reading CHARLOTTE’S WEB by E.B. White at night before they go to bed. It is a struggle for me, because the teacher in me wants them to sit still and pay close attention, but the mom in me realizes that it a lot to ask of a 5 and 3 year old, especially when there are hardly any pictures in the book!
The reading at night is going well. I’m not sure Deacon is paying attention at all, but Cayden is getting into it. I have to stop and ask questions every now and then to keep their minds on the story. We’ve gotten to the part where Charlotte is writing things in her web to try and save Wilbur from his final destiny of bacon on the family’s breakfast table. So far, she’s written “some pig” and “fantastic”. Last night after we finished Cayden had that look on his face like his mind was going crazy and he was thinking about something so important. We like to say around her that his “gerbil” is going crazy in his head. 🙂 He looked at me and with the most serious look he could muster up he said, “Mom, why doesn’t she just write “don’t kill wilbur” in her web instead of fantastic?”. How funny! He was wondering why Charlotte just didn’t get to the point!!!!
I can tell that Cayden is paying attention, because we’re watching the movie this morning and he is pointing out similarities and differences from the book and the movie. After this book, I”m not sure what we’ll move on to next. Any great ideas for my 5 year old?