Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Summer Reading for Boys

Tuesday Tidbit:

Summer has finally arrived. In our home it arrived with Math not quite finished for the year. It also arrived with a certain boy in our home having some unjustified attitude of entitlement - a feeling that this summer time is his time; a feeling that he should be allowed to do whatever he wants, whenever he wants; an attitude that he should be allowed to watch television whenever he wants, that computer usage should be unlimited and that "bedtime" is not a word in his vocabulary.

Does this sound like a middle-school boy?

Anyway, this boy-child attitude is hitting a wall against parental attitudes that extended video/computer usage is not good for a 13-year-old, that the person who pays for the internet has some say over how it is used, and that the person who pays for the satellite television has ultimate say over what hours this will be made available to little people. 

We're still trying to find a middle-ground that we can live with here, but for starters this mom has made it clear that before an electronic device goes on a Math page will be done and reading will occur. I wanted one hour of reading a day, but that just isn't happening. And I have to improve on the Math oversight, because I haven't been checking the work. I think I've been getting a chapter a day of reading, so I was thinking of other ways of stating the reading goals.

I was reading over at Ben and Me and her list of 10 Summer Classics for Middle School Boys.
Marcy's list:
The Red Badge of Courage - Print Kindle

Robinson Crusoe - Print Kindle
The Swiss Family Robinson - Print Kindle

Treasure Island - Print Kindle

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Print Kindle

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Print Kindle

Moby Dick - Print Kindle

The Call of the Wild - Print Kindle

Where the Red Fern Grows - Print Kindle

White Fang - Print Kindle

It is a good list, but my son has read some of the titles already. So I thought I would adopt the list idea but take out the titles we have already done, and insert some titles I've been meaning for us to get to. Her goal is for Ben to read five of the ten titles between now and the end of August. That sounds like a good goal for my home, too, but I don't know how well I will be able to enforce it. But if you don't set goals, you achieve what you planned for, so...

I followed Marcy's link to more summer reading for boys titles:
That link wasn't working for me when I tried it, so I guess I'm on my own. So, here's the revised list for my home:

The Story of King Arthur and His Knights by Howard Pyle - Print Kindle
The Swiss Family Robinson - Print Kindle

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Print Kindle

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Print Kindle

Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling - Print Kindle 

Puck of Pook's Hill by Rudyard Kipling - Print Kindle

Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge - Print Kindle

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome - Print Kindle

Penrod by Booth Tarkington - Print Kindle

I could go on and on, but I think ten is a good list so I will stop there. What is on your summer reading list?

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