Language Arts

A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
-Roald Dahl

Today was the second meeting of the Homeschool Book Club. I need to come up with a catchier title. I had meant to blog after the first meeting, but life got in the way.

We’re meeting once a month at our fabulous library. The original plan was a Writer’s Workshop that met on the second Monday and a Book Club that met on the fourth. I don’t think the writing club is going to work out, but the Book Club is a hit!

Michael has been reviewing adverbs this week. Besides some fun main lesson book entries, here are some other things we’ve looked at:

Lolly, Lolly, Lolly

Ly from The Electric Company (Boy, this brought back memories!)

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Since it’s just myself and the little boys, we had a book day!

First, Nicholas chose five books from our bookshelves. His choices were:
More, More, More, Said the Baby, by Vera Williams
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr
The Talking Eggs by Robert D. San Souci
Adelita by Tomie dePaola
Pelle’s New Suit by Elsa Beskow

We took each story one at a time, and spaced them out throughout the day.

After reading More, More, More, Said the Baby–one of my all-time favorites, by the way, both for the text and the effortless way it portrays multicultural families–we had fun playing with the baby. We played lots of piggy toes tickles, including one of my favorites:

This week we’re participating in a Kids’ Writing Workshop over on MDC based on Jack Prelutsky’s book Scranimals.

This first one is Katie Grace’s (age 6). It’s a Piggolo, a combination of pig and piccolo.


The piggolo squeals
And rolls in the muck.
He gets all dirty
And his holes get stuck.

He goes to his bed
And lies down in the hay.
His mother picks him up
And washes him–YAY!

He squeals a shrill
And whistling tune.
He squeals so loudly
That it bounces off the moon.

And here is Michael’s (9). It’s the Avocadness Monster, a combination of the Loch Ness Monster and an avocado.


Some think you’re scary
And enormously hairy,
But I think you’re sweet
‘Cause if you’re real, your to eat.
The Avocadness Monster
Might be real or not, sir,
But one thing is sure–
If you’re a fruit, we want more!