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Spelling and vocabulary, with Calvin & Hobbes

The boys discovered the Calvin & Hobbes books at the library earlier this summer, and their summer vacation present was a selection of titles for their own bookshelves.  Davy at eight-and-a-half has been particularly taken with the books, and I’ve found him awake in bed at 6:30 in the morning reading.  He also brings the books along in the truck and around town.

Based on various questions I fielded all summer, I decided that it might be fun for the kids to do “Calvin & Hobbes spelling and vocabulary” this year, at least to start, and the boys are excited.  Here’s our first list:












brain aneurysm


world supremacy








10 Responses

  1. Jr. is a big Calvin & Hobbes fan, too. He just loves those books. The spelling list is a great idea!

  2. Great idea! I just love C&H — the perfect thing to send me off to sleep smiling even after the roughest day. Happy to hear your kids have discovered the collections. Have they come to the Dad polls yet? ; )

  3. We are all big C+ H fans as well. We’ve used them for short creative writing exercises. Copied a strip, twinked out all the words, enlarged the copy and then had the kids fill in the blanks. Lots of fun and it did stop the constant “Listen to this one Mum” that went on when my youngest discovered them.

  4. A little warning: my 10yos uses C&H as *instruction manuals*.

  5. Don’t forget lobotomy. (We fielded that one this year.)

  6. Gosh, who knew C&H had such erudite vocabulary. My sons love them so much it’s almost amazing to me. They must really appeal to the male mind in some mysterious way (building evil deformed snowmen is SO not my thing although I like a good gross pumpkin…).

  7. I’m not a serious C&H fan, but we’ve had a similar experience with the Asterix stories. Last spring hubby introduced the girls to these childhood favourites of his when we discovered the library had an absolute ton of them.

    Who knew? Not only were there wonderful vocabulary selections, but also Latin phrases and historical references. And oh, the puns!!!!

    It’s fun getting to use books like these instead of dry old textbooks :)


  8. With the latest version of the OED on disc in the computer, a new and exciting word pops up every time the program is opened.

    ‘Expunge’ came to the fore this morning. Only a few hundred thousand more to go.

  9. My kids read and reread Calvin and Hobbes – I’m quite sure some of their spelling capabilities come from those books, along with Lego catalogs!

  10. This is too funny! When I read this post earlier I thought, well, nobody is on a Calvin and Hobbes kick right now; lo and behold, my eight-and-a-half year old just picked up some from the library and now when I need to find anyone (husband included) I just head for the living room couch and the snorts!

    Thank you for the list, and best wishes with *everything* this fall!
    Chris in PEI

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