Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Here's some of what has been happening:
  • C finished reading Laura Ingalls Wilder's Farmer Boy.
  • D got enough points to earn the doctor kit. So far, he has treated a stuffed kitty, a dinosaur and a snake.
  • D has finished 5 boxed phonics sets so far: four Bob sets and one Clifford set. He is getting pretty fluent, but has some trouble with digraphs like "ch" and "th." He also has difficulty distinguishing "b" and "d."
  • We're watching Hogfather, which is a Pratchett Discworld story. It could be cut down quite a bit, but there are some nice scenes, for instance a governess's vigorous response to a child's complaint of monsters in the basement, a mouse-run wizard computer, as well as a sock-eating fairy. I soon tired of Teatime, the villain, who overstays his welcome while ripping off Johnny Depp's Willy Wonka performance. Unfortunately, Teatime spends half his time standing around complaining about how hard it is to get good help, and the other half killing disgruntled henchmen and innocent bystanders. There's too much murder for this to be a really good little kid's movie. I like Color of Magic better, but I'm looking forward to watching the finale of Hogfather tomorrow.

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