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.
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.
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!