We had a good week of homeschooling, this past week, even if it felt like a bit of a mish-mash. We finished up our study on electricity by reading about power plants and renewable energy. I had found Catch the Wind, Harness the Sun by Michael A. Caduto. This had a nice mix of information and activities – everything from calculating your carbon footprint, to making a solar cooker.
I also found a cool graphic novel I want to remember and use when we get around to Native American mythology. It’s called Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection and it was edited by Matt Dembicki. The name accurately describes the contents, but each story is told by a different Native American storyteller and illustrated by a different artist. If you don’t like the looks of one of the stories, just flip to another. The trickster might be coyote, raven, or rabbit, depending on the story.
I also got a couple of “prep for puberty” books for Mr. Curiosity. He’s getting to be about that age, and I’d rather he not be too surprised by the changes. I’ll review them both later completely, but I’m happy to report he’s been looking through It’s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health by Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley. It’s got lots of illustrations, often of naked people who come in all shapes, sizes and colors. It’s quite factual, but not at all shy about body parts.
And those are the new books we used this week. As I said, a bit of this and that, but good books all.
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