An Interest Led Week


The early part of the week was devoted to reading The Hobbit.   The boys pushed almost  everything else to the side while they devoured the book.   They took a break from reading to do math each day and go to soccer practice, but that was about it.   Personally that is my favorite way to read a great book, so I was happy they have space in their schedule to binge read.

This was their first book using the Kindle with Immersion Reading and I think it was a great experience.  Immersion reading combines a kindle book format with an audiobook.  The text is highlighted as the professional narrator reads.  I’m really excited about this format, especially as a support for dyslexia.

I will admit I was hoping to get out of reading The Hobbit.  I know a lot of people enjoy the Lord of the Rings series, but I’ve always felt like I was slogging through them.  I did try reading it myself again, but barely made it through the first chapter before setting it aside.  While the boys were reading and listening, I tried to tune in without success.  They loved it and of course want to discuss it with me, so I suppose I will give it one more go.  Wish me luck!


Zoo class this week was about zoo careers.  I had a great time doing a brief tour of the zoo myself and visiting with some of the moms.


This was the last week of a special exhibit at the Natural History Museum so we made some time to visit there as well.

Misty Soccer Field

The days are definitely getting shorter.  Wednesday’s soccer practice ended in a moonlit mist.  E observed that it would have been a perfect night for Trick or Treating.

This week we watched PBS Nature: Penguins – Spy in the Huddle.  The series is a fascinating look at Humboldt, Emperor, and Rockhopper penguins.  The researchers used a variety of hidden cameras including animatronic penguins to collect the footage.  The Rockhoppers in particular are completely hilarious.

Do your kids completely immerse themselves in books or projects?  Do you read that way?

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5 thoughts on “An Interest Led Week

  1. I’m with Phyllis. I enjoyed The Hobbit but haven’t bothered with Lord of the Rings. Hubby is a fan so he read it aloud to our boys (and watched the movies of course) – don’t think the girls bothered with it either! My keen birder and I watched Penguins- Spy in the Huddle a year or two ago . We loved the Rockhoppers as well. My older two loved to binge read – my younger two not as much.

  2. I’m with you on The Hobbit. We read it at school when I was 11. Perhaps I should give it another go. My 9yo son loves it and the LOTR audiobooks. He and I are listening to The Wizard of Earthsea in the car, which I am finding similarly challenging, but sticking with!
    I love all your woods pictures. You can never have too many photos of leaves. Autumn has such lovely light.

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