Thursday, January 10, 2008

Thoroughly Thursday

Katie read Go Dog Go today for her reading practice (I helped her with some of the harder words). She thought the boy dog who kept not liking the pink poodle's hat was mean, but then she was pleased when they drove off into the sunset together.

The kids picked new poems this week to memorize. Travis has been working on Jabberwocky, which he insists on our acting out every time we practice. This evening Katie played the Jabberwock, and she burbled as she came beautifully but then she wouldn't die, no matter how many times the vorpal blade went snicker-snack. Katie is memorizing a poem called Cat Kisses.

Cat Kisses

Sandpaper kisses
on a cheek or a chin --
that is the way
for a day to begin!

Sandpaper kisses --
a cuddle, a purr.
I have an alarm clock
That's covered with fur.

Bobbi Katz

She picked this one, and I liked it for the length and rhyming qualities. I only hope Ed doesn't hear her practicing it. His reaction to animal saliva, particularly animal saliva anywhere in the neighborhood of our children, makes Lucy ("Auugh! I've been kissed by a dog! I have dog germs! Get some hot water! Get some disinfectant! Get some iodine!") from Peanuts look composed and calm.

One of Travis's friends left his Nerf gun here yesterday. We will see him at book group tomorrow and return it then, but Travis really likes it and played with it quite a lot this afternoon. He convinced me that he could remember his Latin vocabulary better if he was running around with the Nerf gun while I quizzed him. He actually Did do better than usual, even at remembering to match adjective endings to the nouns they were modifying. We still aren't going to make Nerf gun battles a regular part of our Latin routine.


Elisheva Hannah Levin said...

I haven't thought of "Go Dog, Go!" For a long time. It was once my nephew Scott's favorite book. Now he is a college graduate! How the time flies.

It was indeed thoroughly Thursday, here, too!

andie said...

Oh, I'm so glad you posted this. I'd nearly forgotten about Lydia's reaction to this story. She hopped off the bed, crossed her arms and stomped away. When we questioned her, she said, "Dat dog is bein' MEAN! I don't wan hear dat WUUDE (rude) doggie!"

We got the tail end of her ranting on video, I think...back when we still *did* video.

Slackers, we are.

KathyJo said...

LOL at Nerf gun Latin. I think that will definitely appeal to Nikki. :)

I don't do so well at including poetry memorization. *sigh* The boys memorize a lot of stuff on their own, but they never include poetry. Jared's memorized all the presidents and he's now working on the periodic table of elements, but the only poems he's memorized are the ones from FLL that we did years ago. :} Me thinks me sees an area that needs improvement. I bet Jabberwocky would appeal to Jared. :)

Melora said...

Elisheva & Andie,
I guess it must have been an early childhood favorite of mine (though my childhood was so long ago that I've forgotten a lot), because I did buy a copy, and it is a book that the library has. Andie, if you find that video could you post it?

We memorize a little poetry, but the presidents and the elements seems more useful, and we Don't memorize those (yet). The Nerf Latin, while fun, came to an end when Katie got shot in the face (Travis claims the gun misfired).