As I think I mentioned in my last post, we are staying with generous friends, in a little one bedroom ‘ohana. A little guest house all our own. These friends of ours homeschool. And they love books.
They are particularly fond of classics and an amazing thing is happening. Even though I’ve been nudging my kids to read some classics, they’ve hemmed and hawed and dragged their feet about it. “They’re boring!” they told me (well, mostly Evan told me – and he’s my most avid reader). Since we arrived, we’ve been lazy and tired and haven’t made our way to the library yet. And so, my kids, the ones who have complained about reading classics over and over…have voluntarily picked out some classics from these overflowing shelves.
Brad finished The Old Man and the Sea by Hemingway the other day and didn’t hate it (“lots of pondering,” he said). Evan read War of the Worlds by HG Wells and is moving on to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea – and enjoying them.
Moral of the story? If you want your kids to read classics, lock them in a room full of them with no other options!