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If… by David J. Smith

I saw this posted somewhere and thought it would make a good Fun Math book. So, I picked it up from the library. Even though I don’t usually review picture books, I thought this one was interesting enough to be worth a post.

Subtitle: A Mind-Bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers

Illustrator: Steve Adams

Published: 2014

Genre: nonfiction math picture book

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What I Will Be Reading #29: Kid’s Edition

This edition of What I Will Be Reading would be more accurately described as What My Kids Will Be Reading. I’ve seen a bunch of posts of books that look like something my kids would enjoy, so I’m putting together a list for them, instead of me. Might as well get them their own “To Read” lists, right!

Let’s start with Lost on a Mountain in Maine by Donn Fedler. This a true survival story about a kid who got lost in the woods in Maine in the 1930s and how he survived his ordeal. I wasn’t aware of this book until I saw a post by The Scraped Up Kid (incidentally, a great blog about getting outside and enjoying yourself at any age, focusing on Maine trails). This book is right up our alley, and I plan to read it aloud to the kids. The story is told by Donn Fedler, who was the kid who got lost, right after his experience. If you’d prefer, there’s a graphic novel version of the story that looks awesome, but isn’t available from our library, Lost Trail: Nine Days Alone in the Wilderness, also by Donn Fedler.

Next up is Jars of Hope: How One Woman Helped Save 2,500 Children During the Holocaust by Jennifer Roy. This book was brought to my attention by A Mighty Girl’s Facebook page (which daily provides women and girls who have done impressive things and books featuring strong female characters). Again, I had never heard about Irena Sendlar and her actions during WWII, so I decided to investigate. Jars of Hope is a picture book (but with a fair amount of text on each page) that A Mighty Girl recommends for ages 7-11. If you have an older child, or want more details after reading the Jars of Hope, try Irena’s Children: Young Readers Edition; A True Story of Courage by Mary Cronk Farrell that is recommended for ages 13+.

And finally, I’m going to recommend a fiction book, Book Scavenger, by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman. This is the first book in a new series. The plot of the book is based around the Book Scavenger game. There are books hidden in various cities, and you get puzzles and clues to try to find the books first. It sounded to me like a book version of 39 Clues for a slightly older audience (since the book is almost 400 pages). Mr. Curiosity read the book and enjoyed the puzzles.

Finally, if you’re looking for more suggestions for kids, I recommend you listen to this week’s episodes of What Should I Read Next by The Modern Mrs. Darcy. Miss Adventure got about seven new books for her reading list by listening to the end of Episode 49: How to help kids fall in love with reading (with Sarah Mackenzie of Read Aloud Revival). That podcast does dangerous things to my reading list in general.

And those are the books I’m recommending my kids should read. Anything else I should add to the list?

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Weekly Wrap-Up: Botany

Not too many new books this week as we continue our journey through the botanical jungles. I did find an interesting picture book about an 18th century botanist, The Flower Hunter: William Bartram, America’s First Naturalist by Deborah Kogan Ray. This book provides information on living in the American colonies in the mid-1700s, as well as early botanical studies in journal format. Billy is eight at the start of the journal and he walks us through his life as a naturalist as he traveled around the American colony.

The other book we used this week was Playing with Math: Stories from Math Circles, Homeschoolers, and Passionate Teachers edited by Sue VanHattum. I bought this book to get inspiration for our Fun Math Fridays, and it is full of all kinds of ways to play with math. I will review the whole book one of these days, but so far I love it and I’m finding lots of fun things to do with the kids. This week we did Math Squares (also known as Diffy Boxes and the Ducci 4-number game). The kids enjoyed it and it was mathematically interesting enough my stats professor husband had to do some research on it when he came home.

And that’s all the new books we used this week. Linking up with Weird, Unsocialized HomeschoolersWeekly-Wrap-Up

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Weekly Wrap-Up: Starting a New Year

College classes started for my husband and I on Monday, so I thought it would be a good day to start full-time schooling with the kids again. (We’ve been doing a couple of days a week during the summer to build up a buffer, but summer school is more relaxed.) We’re doing some botany this month, while we still have plants to go out and observe. As such, the books in this weekly wrap-up are all general introductions to plants.

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Weekly Wrap-Up: Shakespeare

It’s a new month, which means a new topic. I thought this month we’d go back to the classics, namely Shakespeare. We did Shakespeare when Mr. Curiosity was in third grade, which is where Miss Adventure is now. Shakespeare is definitely important enough that we can study his life and works multiple times. I do like to cover both aspects of Shakespeare, so I have two types of books that we used this week.

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Weekly Wrap-Up: Back to School

Our holiday break was relaxing and enjoyed, but with the new year comes new books to read for school. Just before Christmas, I got a present to myself in the mail – a Foldscope. My father had sent me some information about it, but basically, it’s an origami microscope you can put in your backpack and take with you wherever you go.

A portable microscope - you put the black dot up to your eye and look at a light source.

A portable microscope – you put the black dot up to your eye and look at a light source.

It also comes with some blanks slides so you can look at whatever you choose. I think it’s awesome, although it’s pointed out I need a better camera on my phone to take decent pictures.

Since I got such a fun new toy, I thought we could utilize it for a unit study and so we’re microscopes/microbes this month. I wanted a biography of van Leeuwenhoek (the inventor of the microscope), which is a bit tricky. I did find Science Firsts: From the Creation of Science to the Science of Creation by Robert E. Adler. Adler provides short (4-5 page) descriptions of the scientists who made significant discoveries and describes why that discovery was important. He covers everything from Ancient Greece to cloning technologies.

To provide some context about microbes, I found Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Emily Sutton. This is a picture book that introduces children to microbes, where you can find them, and why they are important. There are illustrations of many different kind of microbes and lots of analogies to understand some really big and really small numbers.

And those are our new books for the week. Hope you enjoy them, too!

Joining up with the Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers weekly wrap-up.

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Weekly Wrap-Up: the Government

New month, new topic. I decided, since election day was this week, it might be appropriate to spend some time learning about how the government works. We started generic with Governments Around the World by Ernestine Giesecke. The book presents all the different major forms of government, and provides details about countries that have a government of that type in sidebars.

Since it was election day, we needed something about the process. We found the picture book, Vote! by Eileen Christelow, at the library. The townspeople are voting in a local election, and we see all the details of the election process. As an added bonus, we get amusing commentary from the pets.

Finally, we finished up the week with See How They Run: Campaign Dreams, Election Schemes, and the Race to the White House by Susan E. Goodman. This is a nonfiction book about politics in the United States going all the way back to the Founding Fathers. It’s a much longer book than Vote!, but it has lots of little sections within each chapter, making it easy to read.

And those are the books we used this week, linking up with Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

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