Box Day non-post
Well… we got our Core 4 box from Sonlight earlier this week. Many blogging Sonlighters post pics and stories of the excited children squealing as Fed Ex drives up, and as they go through the box.
Yes, we are excited, no I am not posting pics of excited children. Why? Because our Box Day consists of me saying, “Shoo! Shoo! DO NOT RUN OFF WITH THESE BOOKS! DON’T EVEN TOUCH THEM!! I haven’t covered them yet! I don’t want them to go missing!!” Nice, huh?
In order to make the books last longer, I go through the tedious process of covering each of them with clear Contact paper (it works!) after I have put a colored dot on the spine of each book. I also like the books to be actually available to pull off the shelf when it’s time to read from that particular book. Plus, when I put no restrictions on reading ahead, when we’d get to the spot in the schedule for that book, I’d have a kid protest, “But I’ve already read that book four times” and then he’s not interested… I mean, it’s great that he’s read it four times, but I have discovered that a kid’s understanding of a book is not necessarily the same as my mother/teacher’s understanding, and for most of the books, they really need my insight to explain some things… but since they’ve already educated themselves on the book, I can’t get them to really apply their attention as I read. For all those reasons, I no longer let my kids read the books in advance. I know, I know, I’m mean.
Thus, I don’t let them riffle through the box and see what great books are ahead. I let it be a surprise. 🙂