Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A "no plan" kind of day.

   I asked the boys if they wanted to head out for a field trip today but no one seemed all that gung ho to get up and get moving so I sat back and got ready to enjoy another relaxing & quiet day at home.  The boys all went "shopping" on Amazon and picked out a souvenir from mom and dad's weekend trip (they had asked for us to pick them up something while we were gone but other than stopping at a Wal-Mart we didn't really go into any stores that sold toys or anything so we offered them some money to go shopping with when we got home).  The two younger boys combined their money and bought Skylanders Giants starter kit.  They've been DYING for Skylanders for months now and since they had enough money they didn't even hesitate.  Ian chose a toypedo for playing in the water. 
    While taking turns on the computer the boys also played video games, watched T, built with blocks, and then all settled down to watch another episode of The Little Travelers; British Isles.  As they ended that film they decided to watch The Little Travelers: Bali too.  I was not all that sure where Bali was located other than knowing it was an island country but Ian told me he thought it was one of the islands off the coast of Australia (and he was right! It's part of Indonesia-- I'm always amazed at the extent of the geography knowledge my kids have).  Once the shows were done all the boys ran off to their rooms to read.  They really want to finish filling out their Barnes and Noble summer reading list so they can get their free books. Last year, though we finished our lists super early, we waited until the end of the summer to redeem our reading lists for books and they had hardly anything to choose from so the boys want to make sure to get them in very early this year.
Ian's house and driveway; complete with circular turn around area

   Evan read 5 of his small books to me; they were mostly reviews of the level b and c books he's read but he sat and read 5 of them to me!  He then asked me to read him three larger/ longer books and finished all of his 8 required book in one sitting this morning!  I was going to play a sight word game with him this morning bug figured all the extra reading he was doing was more than enough.   Alec came downstairs and handed me a stack of books around lunchtime and told me he had read all of his books too.   I love how motivated my kids get by all these summer reading programs we participate in!
   They begged me to take them to Barnes and Noble today to get their free books.  Since we didn't have any plans I agreed.  I think we were there over an hour.  We walked the entire kids section; read at least two full books and talked about so many more.  I started snapping pictures of books the kids wanted to see if our library had and discovered so many more series we'll have to try.  The boys each found a book to read that I ultimately ended up buying.  They continued to read the books out the door and into the car. 

Ian's pick of the day-- he loves books about unusual facts. 

   
















      We made another quick stop at Target and bought Evan some clothes to change into since it got really hot and sunny and the poor kid was wearing long sleeves and corduroy pants. We also stocked up on lots of fresh fruit since we were all out at home.  By this time it was almost 2:00 and we were all starved!  They finally put the books aside when we stopped for lunch and we listened to some more of the House of Hades in the car on the ride home.  It was such a fun, impromptu day out with the boys.  They have made me stop our audiobook so many times to make predictions and tie in what we're listening to with other things we've read.  Occasionally they ask questions but mainly they tell me what they think is going to happen next, or who  they think is speaking.  I love it when I have to concentrate on my driving and I'm the one who stops the book to ask a question; all three of them can usually give me a pretty precise answer! 
    We were home long enough to get ready for karate and the boys read a lot more of their books, grabbed their handheld devices and  we headed out the door.  On the way to karate, we stopped to drop off a lot of books at our library.  Unfortunately, none of the ones we've ordered have come in yet but that just gives us another excuse to go back to the library another day.  The boys had a wonderful time at karate and worked on a few new skills. Their teacher asked them about community service, talked about the importance of remaining drug free, asked them to calculate how much money they've raised over the last 10 years for the D.A.R.E. program and talked to them about they can help out locally.  The boys learned some new Korean terms, worked on some new skills and practiced previously learned skills.  They played Minecraft, Temple Run, Words with Friends, and a few other quasi- educational video games.  It was just a great day; all three boys got along with one another and Alec even read most of the books from Barnes and Noble aloud to Evan.  We laughed, joked and talked.  I love spending time with my boys like this; times I know they'll look back on and remember fondly.  I love knowing that I'm fostering a love of books and helping them find books that they'll love and remember years from now. 

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