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Welcome to Hogwarts

May 14, 2013

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The kids have many friends who have read the Harry Potter book series so we decided to introduce it slowly. Nate read them all when they were first published many years ago, but we’ve been hesitant to introduce them to the kids. They just finished the Heroes of Olympus (The Lost Hero, Son of Neptune & Mark of Athena) books by Rick Riordan and loved them. For months, we have been listening to the audio books as we drive about town. Given the content of those books and their interest and maturity in asking questions and pondering, I decided we could give Harry Potter a chance.

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One book at a time and maybe over several years. We’ll see how the kids manage the content.

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They were a bit bummed that at the end of the Sorcerer’s Stone I took the opportunity for a parallel on good vs. evil in light of our faith. It was a great discussion and made our oral reading time a legitimate moment of formation.

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They have especially loved that it has become a time to stop everything and just listen to the story. Sometimes I read and sometimes daddy is home in time to read. He goes to great lengths to change his voice for each character…this boring mom just reads. Regardless, it’s nice to take the time together for something intentional.

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Friday night last week I received a special birthday present…a homemade dinner delivered by a friend. It was so much a beloved gift that I hope I can impart it upon more mom friends for their birthdays. What a great gift…not to have to make dinner on a Friday night.

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We had our neighborhood friend over for dinner and movie night. He brought the movie and joined the kids in drawing while dinner was prepared. Clare has a particularly adorable crush on Ry-Ry as she calls him. He’s a huge Harry Potter fan so it was fun to watch the movie with him on the heels of having finished reading the first book.

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And so we begin book #2.

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