Reasons #1672, 1673, 1674, 1675, and 1676

Overheard this summer…

Johannah (17): JK Rowling really is a master storyteller, but she can’t put words together like Charlotte Bronte. I’m obsessed with Jane Eyre suddenly. Every sentence is a masterpiece.

Noah (20): So you won’t believe what I bought in California. Books. I have a whole suitcase of them: Aristophanes’ plays, a set of three E.M. Forster books (A Room with a View is so well-written – I just flip to any page and I can’t stop laughing), James Joyce and this book called Hopscotch (it starts in chapter 73 and then you have to follow the directions to which chapter comes next… very postmodern). And that’s not all of them. I love used book stores.

Caitrin (10): Book two of Harry Potter is much more interesting to read after book seven. It’s amazing what muggle cast (radio show for HP fans) missed that is right there, plain as day, that gives away the whole story! …Well, we all missed it, I guess.

Liam (13): I can’t read books that aren’t good. Jack London is a good writer. There aren’t very many writers I think are very good. Well, Avi is good, too.

Jacob (15): When I get that tired from reading, my eyes glaze over and I have to reread the sentence, like, fifteen times and I still have no idea what it says. But staying up all night? It was worth it. A couple of Cokes and changing positions, and I kept going. It took me only twelve hours to finish book seven. It was the happiest and saddest twelve hours of my life.

I realized the other day… it’s happened. They’ve caught the bug. Our kids are telling me what to read. They’re the ones evaluating which books have good writing and why. Heck, they’re reading books I haven’t even read and didn’t want to… And they’re doing it during the summer, spending their own money and free time on them.

Yep; more reasons I love homeschooling.

4 Responses to “Reasons #1672, 1673, 1674, 1675, and 1676”

  1. Steph says:

    I LOVE these quotes! Definitely a wonderful tribute to your learning lifestyle.

  2. Kristen says:

    Wow. That’s what I’m aiming for … I can’t wait till we get there. (My oldest is 5, so it will be awhile, LOL.)

    Love your blog!

  3. Lora Wolke says:

    Just have to submit some or our great quotes after visiting the Half Price Bookstore:

    Phillip(12): I want the Precious Moments Bible! I love those illustrations. They are the best!!!

    Lewis(10): I want the whole Captain Underpants Series!

    Ernie(5) after seeing the book Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus by Mem Fox: Yeah, I want all those pigeon books, they are great!!!!

    These were not just my kids babbling to me. These words and bodily movements were thrilling and made my heart double flip in laughter and happiness! Our kids love books and they actually crave their beauty and fun and associate books with “wonderful times with family”.

  4. Susanne says:

    Wow — may my kids also “get the bug.” E is well on her way — I just hope the boys will as well. Right now they’re entranced by my reading aloud The Golden Goblet from SL 6 — so they recognize a great story when they hear it.

    So, what was the item that Potter Watch and we all missed in Book Two? E and I are *dying* to know what Caitrin discovered…. 🙂