Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Wreck This Journal Weeks 1 - 5


I purchased my Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith while we were in Denver for my niece’s wedding. While at Border’s we purchased my son the next book in the Series of 39 Clues that he has been reading. I was going to miss the first week and introduction online but I thought I would be prepared.

My son asked what Wreck This Journal was and if he could look at it in the car. I handed it to him and he proceeded to look through it with such excitement. “Can I do some, Can I get a Wreck this Journal too?” He would not quit, so when we got back to the hotel I let him choose a page…I think it was the scratch using a sharp object… but we really did not have any sharp objects at our hotel.

When we got home we were busy with the end of school, more unpacking etc., so I never even got to open the journal. Now that school is out, I asked him if he would like to do some pages together. You would have thought I just said he can play video games every waking moment for the summer. A resounding “YES” was his response. I had at least opened the book and put my name on its appropriate page.

We started through the journal….

He was going so fast… he could not contain his excitement. “I love this Journal…I love this Journal…”

I enjoyed seeing him poke holes in the journal… He has this habit of somehow getting holes in his shirts. The Mom in me was inquiring one day how he gets so many holes in his shirts… “Are you chewing on your shirt? I asked… “No I poke holes in my shirts with my pencils.” Paper really is a much more cost effective option!!! I guess I will have to send extra paper to school next year!!!

I helped him re-scratch the scratch page. I got out my X-acto knife and scratched away to his amazement. He loved how it was such a fine scratch.


Here are some of the other pages that we accomplished that day:

Last Saturday I came home from an appointment and he was ready for more. “I want to do the candy page”…. He decided to try M & M’s as they are colorful… It was a great experiment for him… the color does melt in your mouth and you are left with a brown tongue from the chocolate!!! I really did not have time that day to do much of the Journal with him and I have to say my excitement level with the journal is nowhere near his… I really am trying to get in touch with my inner child…. I told him he could do any pages that he wanted. He instantly disappeared. A few minutes later he comes out wrapped in a towel with a soaking wet journal. “I just took it in the shower with me!!!” He was beaming from wet ear to wet ear. He has truly enjoyed himself… He even wants his own Wreck this Journal… which I am not sure why as he has wrecked the majority of mine!!!

My favorite page so far has to be the make a paper chain…

He asked me if I could show him how to do that page.. He does not remember making paper chains before. I know for a fact that he has made them but it probably has been awhile. He cut the paper along the dotted lines and I told him we would use tape instead of glue… I know his impatience and he would never wait for the glue to dry. I showed him how to tape the edges together and then string the next one through. I started to make another chain at the same time and then I showed him how to join them. He has been carrying this chain around for a few days. He is very proud.

Yesterday while we were in the children’s section Barnes and Noble he spotted the name Keri Smith…” Hey Mom this is by Keri Smith… she did Wreck this Journal.” The book was a journal in the American Girl Series…Tear up This Book…. He is truly one of Keri Smith’s newest fans.

I wish I shared the same enthusiasm for the experience of this book as my son… I will keep trying… if nothing else it has been a fun experience with him and one that we will both remember.

15 comments:

Kara aka Mother Henna said...

It is soooooooo cool that you are wrecking together!! Lovely, happy, joyful, continued wrecking to you both!

Kavindra said...

What a delightful child you have! He is my favorite wrecker of all, if only for his enthusiasm!

(and for heaven's sakes mom, get him his own Keri Smith book now!)

Grammy said...

How awesome. He is sold for life to be creative.
You just need to tell your self this is fun I can do it.
This is my first week too.

Alex said...

how old is your son? mine is 10 and loves wrecking with me !! a very similar story to yours, i bought it and he asked right away to look at it and begged me to help! he would pick wrecking this journal over playing video games too!!
happy wrecking :)

Snap said...

wonderful to wreck together.

Sharon said...

Kids are so much fun to journal/wreck with! Keep-a-going!

Barbara Martin (@Reptitude) said...

I love the pages with the little hand and the bigger hand side by side. What a treasure! Sounds like you have a born wrecker in the house -- I wonder if he got it from you?! Have fun with your book and with your son and by all means KEEP ON WRECKING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Genie Sea said...

My favorite part is your son's gusto in wrecking the journal! And his little traced hands are SO cute! :)

Jamie Ridler said...

How great that this has captured your son's imagination! It sounds like another journal would be a great idea - maybe the new one should be yours :)

WrightStuff said...

yay! My son loves wrecking too. It's such fun splashing and painting and sticking together! And the best bit is that you don't care if they don't quite do what you'd planned with that page because they are WRECKING!!!!

Beverley Baird said...

How wonderful it is to see young ones get so involved. They can really teach us!
Great wrecking.

Kim said...

Ah I see you have a wrecking zen master at your house,too! They have no fear!! I am delighted by your son and his enthusiasm! It's great that you are wrecking together - you'll both remember this!!

Kirby3131 said...

My dear friend has been reading my WTJ adventures and yesterday her family went to the bookstore and they each bought their own journals.

I hope you find enthusiasm with the journal, but I'm thrilled to see your son so excited. Very cool.

Hybrid J said...

Fantastic work and it's always lovely to see family members, espeically children, to join in the wrecking. Well Done! :)

judi said...

I think your sons enthusiasm is the most important part of your wrecking.. that cant be replaced

of course I dare ya to get wreckless !!

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