Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Dangerous Book for Boys

Joseph's been carrying around a book all week, tucked under his arm. It's made many trips up and down the stairs with him, and sits next to his bed each night.  Several months ago, he asked to pull it off the book shelf and look at it, eventually I filed it back in it's neat place and he's looked at it longingly since then.  This week, while decorating for Christmas he asked if he could look at it again and this time I think he's determined not to let me get my hands on it, because he doesn't want it put out of his reach.
He has done terrible things to this book and mistreated it's mint condition.  Things that I typically would reprimand him for doing to a book, but I just don't have the heart.  His desire to learn is so sincere and I can't help but smile when I see that he's dog eared the corners of the pages he wants Joe to read to him. Such a boy, he makes my heart turn to mushiness.
Some the pages he's marked to read are, Dinosaurs, Fishing, Famous Battles, The Fifty States,The Golden Age of Piracy, A Brief History of Artillery, Hunting  and Cooking a Rabbit, and Seven Modern Wonders of the World.
So far, Joe and he have read, Hunting and Cooking a Rabbit and A Brief History of Artillery.  Joseph loves looking at the map of the United States and finding our state and other state's shapes he recognizes.
I find it intriguing how much he retains when it is a subject he finds interesting.  He is like a sponge and soaks up everything he can when it is something he wants to know.  I am trying to figure out the best way to teach him, because he definitely isn't much on sitting and learning out of a workbook.  He starts kindergarten next year and I know, I'm going to have to re-write the system for him, if I want to fully optimize his potential. There is a lot of potential and I do want to encourage his natural gifts and interest.
He is very visual and memorizes the way words and sentences look.  This book got his attention because it has pictures.  He reminds me so much of myself as a young learner.  He can verbally spell his name.  He is starting to show interest in writing his name, but he really can't decide if he is left or right handed.  When I asked him which hand feels better to use, he said, "Well, I just use this one until it gets tired, then I use the other one."  He writes right to left and many of his letters are backwards, I know some of this takes time and practice but these are also signs that he may truly be a lefty.
I'm sure I'll have much to blog on the subject of teaching this little boy in the future, should be fun!  You can check out the book, The Dangerous Book for Boys, in my store and even look at the table of contents through Amazon, I love that feature!  The book has really great content and I know he will get much out of it, if we just take the time to read it to him.  As a side note, neither Joe, nor I have fully read the book.  My brother and sister in law gave Joseph the book last year for Christmas, so thanks guys!


Our Crazy Crew said...

My son loves this book and has tried some of the experiments and plans. My daughter has two of the companion books, Daring Book for Girls and a smaller one called Everything A Girl Should Know (or something to that affect). Love them and highly recommend them!

Sweats, Nikes, and No Make-up said...

You're welcome! Brandon was so excited to get it for him!

Anonymous said...

I love this book, we also have the Daring Book for Girls. Interestingly enough, Cora and Anna would rather read this one.

Ed B.

Doll Clothes Gal Pal said...

Looks like a good read huh?

Eleana said...

That is a wonderful book! I had a similar book when I was little - "How to Hold a Crocodile" - in fact, it's still on my book shelf awaiting new little hands to turn the pages.