Sunday, February 14, 2010

Episode 18: Captain Destructo

Click here to listen to: Captain Destructo

Hi All,

Currently, in the Night Light Stories household, we have been working with our two young children on having patience with each other. Our youngest is in the destroying phase and that makes for a very unhappy big brother. We try to remind him that she is learning and to make him a part of the teaching process.  It can be hard though, for both of them.  However, when one is upset or hurt, the other one is the first one to be there to offer comfort and kind words.  They are, in every sense of the word, siblings!


In our story there are many juicy words that are fun to learn and say. Try to use some of these words in your vocabulary this week at home or in school.

clever: having sharp or quick intelligence, mentally bright

malicious: mischievous in motivation

masterpiece:a person's greatest piece of work, as in an art.

Try these activities to keep your imagination glowing after hearing the story

1. Build, draw, create, or cook your own masterpiece.  You could build with blocks, draw with paints, create a sculpture with Play-Doh, or try out a new recipe with your favorite adult.

2. A simple act of kindness is easy to do. Try to do something helpful for your family members like making their beds for them, emptying the trash without being asked or even just clearing your place at the table when you are finished eating.

After listening to the story, can you recall the details to answer these questions?

1. What life changing event happened for the narrator at the beginning of the poem?

2. How does the narrator try to get his little sister's attention as she is heading towards his tower?  

3. Who gives some great ideas of how to deal with Captain Destructo? What were her useful ideas?

We want to send out bright birthday wishes to:

Christie H. of Philadelphia

Victoria J. of Maryland

Aunt Julie of New York

Mike N. of New York

Luke N. of Virginia

Will D. of Spain

Audrey D. of West Viginia

We hope your day SPARKLED!

If you know someone who has a birthday coming up and you'd like to send them a Night Light Birthday wish, send us an email at send us your loved one's first name and the first initial of their last name only and we'll pass along the birthday wish.

There are no age limits!

As always I look forward to the many stories we can share together.


  1. First I have to say those are beautiful kids!
    Next, I think I will make my daughter use those 3 words this week. She's 14, but I think she's stuck in teen talk and I can't stand it. Maybe getting her to use other words will get her out of it.

  2. Thanks Melissa! Let me know how it goes!

  3. Great poem! And what an important message for young siblings .. I know quite a few moms-of-two who will find this helpful as a springboard for good conversations about patience and sharing :)

    P.S. I repost my NightLight "review" on ToddlerBrain ... hope it drives some more traffic your way :)