How Awesome Is It?


We’re homeschoolers with most of our educational eggs in the unschooling basket.  The unschooling philosophy is what works for us, though I resisted for a good year before I realized all of our best days and biggest breakthroughs have been on the days when we relax and follow our bliss.  Tonight, for instance, my four year-old, who we’ll call “E”, wanted to play cards with me.  He was quite disappointed when I opened up a generic alphabet deck.

“Dang it!  I wanted cards with aces and jacks!”

So we proceeded to play around with the cards and he worked very enthusiastically on some great four letter words.  I strongly believe that it’s never too early to work on the four letter words!

My older son, who we’ll call “N”, also had a productive day of heavy physical labor shoveling many inches worth of snow.  Apparently the wheels were turning while his back was breaking…  He decided to write a letter to an author of several books he enjoys.  He had an idea he wanted to share with Ben Hillman regarding a potential next book.  I’ve heard a rumor that authors love to get fan mail suggesting what they should write next.

We quickly finished the driveway, grabbed peanut butter sandwiches for lunch on the road, and drove like the wind to his violin lesson.   We were only three minutes late, which is a hefty serving of awesome in and of itself.

Later, after chastising his brother for saying the dinosaurs were extinct because of issues with lava, N also gave E a science lesson beginning with “Scientists generally believe dinosaurs became extinct due to a massive asteroid that kicked up a layer of dust which blocked out the sun and made the earth grow very cold.”  I actually wrote it down so I wouldn’t forget.  He is known to quiz people at random, so it’s good to be on one’s toes.

Later later, here’s the letter N wrote:

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“Dear Mr. Hillman,

I really enjoy your books.  I was wondering if you plan to make any others in the series?

I thought it was really interesting how you explained a googol in “How Big Is It?”  I also thought it was interesting how you explained that we are related to fungi in “How Weird Is It?”  It was cool reading about light in “How Fast Is It?” and it was kind of hard to believe that the Hercules Beetle is the strongest animal on earth, if you measure how many pounds it can carry times its own weight, in “How Strong Is It?”

I was wondering, could you make a new book?  I was thinking “How Loud Is It?”  Maybe in “How Loud Is It?” you could put a whale call, an explosion, a whisper, stomach growls, and also a kettle when it whistles.  I had the idea for “How Loud Is It?” when I was out shoveling the driveway today.  I just happened to be thinking about your books at that time, and I was thinking, “How big is it, how strong is it, how fast is it, and how weird is it?”  I felt like something was missing, and then I thought, “How LOUD is it?!  Of course!  I should write a letter to Ben Hillman that says,

‘Dear Mr. Hillman,

I really enjoy your books… I was wondering, do you plan to make any others in the series?

I thought it was really interesting how you explained a googol in “How Big Is It?”  I also thought it was interesting how you explained that we are related to fungi in “How Weird Is It?”  It was cool reading about light in “How Fast Is It?” and it was kind of hard to believe that the Hercules Beetle is the strongest animal on earth, if you measure how many pounds it can carry times its own weight, in “How Strong Is It?”

 

I was wondering, could you make a new book?  I was thinking “How Loud Is It?” Maybe in “How Loud Is It?” you could put a whale call, an explosion, a whisper, stomach growls, and also a kettle when it whistles. I had the idea for “How Loud Is It?” when I was out shoveling the driveway.  I just happened to be thinking about your books at that time, and I was thinking, “How big is it, how strong is it, how fast is it, and how weird is it?”  I felt like something was missing, and then I thought, “How LOUD is it?! Of course!  I should write a letter to Ben Hillman that says,

Dear Mr. Hillman,

I really enjoy your books.  I was wondering, do you plan to make any others in the series?

I thought it was really interesting how you explained a googol in “How Big Is It?”  I also thought it was interesting how you explained that we are related to fungi in “How Weird Is It?”  It was cool reading about light in “How Fast Is It?” and it was kind of hard to believe that the Hercules Beetle is the strongest animal on earth, if you measure how many pounds it can carry times its own weight, in “How Strong Is It?”

I was wondering, could you make a new book?  I was thinking “How Loud Is It?”  Maybe in “How Loud Is It?” you could put a whale call, an explosion, a whisper, stomach growls, and also a kettle when it whistles. I had the idea for “How Loud Is It?” when I was out shoveling the driveway.  I just happened to be thinking about your books at that time, and I was thinking, “How big is it, how strong is it, how fast is it, and how weird is it?”  I felt like something was missing, and then I thought, “How LOUD is it?!  Of course!  I should write a letter to Ben Hillman that says,
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 Dear Mr. Hillman,

 

Did you know this is the second time I’ve ever written to an author?  I wrote to Mary Pope Osborne when I was five.  I just turned eight a couple of weeks ago.  I hope you like my infinite letter.  I kind of enjoyed it myself.

I hope you accept my idea of “How Loud Is It?”  If you were already thinking about writing a “How Loud Is It?” book, well then, I guess great minds think alike!

I don’t know when will be the next time I write to you, but until then…  Good-bye, arrivederci, adios, au revoir and zai jian!

Sincerely,

N.

P.S.  What inspired you for the books?  I was wondering that.  Was it something you learned from school that inspired you?

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It was a fun day!

1 Comment

  1. ChereMere said,

    March 28, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    LOL!!!


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