My son is in second grade now and he’s well on his way to reading chapter books. We had a bit of a freak out in August about school starting, and I bought my son a book to read. Because it was summer still, and I know that he is sometimes a bit random, I bought him a fun book “Diary of a Whimpy Kid”. He was hesitant to read the book at first, but once he got into it, I knew that it would be a hit.
Last night, while my husband was flipping through channels on the TV, he noticed that the movie, “Diary of a Whimpy Kid” was on. It had just started. My son sat and watched the movie mesmerized for two hours straight. It was on regular TV with tons of commercials, like um, a million commercials.
I can’t remember when, but sometime while watching the movie, Angry Kid exclaimed, “I totally remember that part from the book!” It was like fireworks were going off in my heart! Seriously he finally got it. I’ve tried explaining the whole “not every book has pictures theory”, and he didn’t quite get it. I said that while reading the book, you have to visualize the people and characters in your head. The author of the book describes them, and then it is like a “little movie in your brain”. Be thankful that I’m not a teacher. I educate in a random way, but somehow “the king of being distracted by shiny things” aka my son, understood what I meant. By seeing the actual movie, he was able to remember and visualize the different parts of the book. I didn’t even go into the “sometimes the movie version of the book totally sucks theory” though.
Of course, my son has watched the movie twice today already. He even made my mom watch the movie this afternoon. She thought that it was hilarious.
And my son, started reading another one of the “Diary of a Whimpy Kid” books at school today.
Which means I’m totally winning….for today!