We finished Charlotte’s Web and the kids were ready to be interviewed just like after our Dahl books. (See their first interview here.) Overall, the book was a hit. I must say I enjoyed this children’s classic even more now than during my childhood.
Me: What was your favorite part of the book?
Eliana: When Wilbur won.
Stephen: When all the little spiders came out. (Charlotte’s babies were born)
Me: Who was your favorite character?
Stephen: Charlotte and Wilbur
Eliana: Charlotte and Wilbur. And Goose and one of the sheep (??) and Avery.
Stephen: Yeah, Avery because he did a handstand!
Eliana: And he was splashing in the water!
(Of all the scenes this one, goofy part with a boy hamming it up in front of everyone at the fair was my kids favorite.)
Me: Did you think this book was happy or sad?
Both agreed: Happy. Just sad when Charlotte died.
Me: What did you like about Charlotte?
Eliana: She could spin a web so well like when she wrote “Some Pig”.
Me: What did you like about Wilbur?
Eliana: He looks pink and I love pink.
Stephen: Well I hate pink!
And that seemed like a good time to conclude questioning.
After we finished the kids insisted they learn about roman numerals. The chapters were all in roman numerals and they were intrigued during the entire book. Somewhere around chapter 2 or 3 I had told them how to decipher the numerals, and they practiced every chapter, but it wasn’t enough. So, we sat down at the table to have a lesson plan (I guess?) that I certainly didn’t plan for. Eliana immediately took Charlotte’s Web and started copying roman numerals 1-23 and Stephen wrote them out with the key I wrote for him on the top of his page. He especially was determined to figure them out. The 4’s and 9’s were tricky, but otherwise he got them all. Eliana grasped it a little quicker, so she went on to draw webs that said “Some Pig” and “Terrific”.
I’m not sure if or when I would have thought to introduce roman numerals to the kids. I’m glad they’re in charge of their learning. I think they’re doing a good job.