Video games have been gone for a few weeks now, and for the last week, much of television as well. Our time has been filled with board games, card games and reading.
Of all of the children, Sam was the only one who sat in rapt attention as I read when she was a baby. Everyone else wanted to grab the book and talk about the pictures. (I wonder if it's because she watched less TV?) Age 5 was the magic age for Jaz, and appears to be for the boys as well.
One of my favorite childhood books was D'Aulaire's Greek Myths. We got one for Sam when she was little. Michael, however, decided that he wanted to make sure she knew about the Jewish religion, so we alternated between what I'll call a graphic novel about the patriarchs and the Greek myths. I think D'Aulaire's is remembered more fondly, if only because the illustrations are so gorgeous.
We tried to read some of this last year to the boys, but usually didn't get too far. Then, a few months ago, Jacob started to talk about "Mother Earth", and connected some of what he learned in class with what he remembered. That sounded like an opportunity to me.
We've spent about a week and a half on this book, and last night we finished Heracles. Jazmyn listened in too and said, "Aww!" when I said we'd pick it up tomorrow. No worries though- she's using that for her reading homework. Jacob and Simon, of course, were fascinated by the Nemean Lion and the Centaur Nessus and eagerly wait to hear about the Minotaur. Yay!
We'll be done with this book soon, and I think it's a little early to start them on Bulfinch's mythology. Did a quick search this morning and found that the D'Aulaire's also wrote a book on Norse Myths. Yes! I have a call into Brookline Booksmith, and I'll hopefully be able to get that soon. Then there are the wonderful, complicated worlds of Indian and Egyptian mythology, and all the Korean myths, legends and folktales.
Now I'm thinking about my television. Do I really want to pay that cable bill every month?
Deb in the City
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