It was a busy week. Smarty kept reading through Humphrey series by Betty G. Birney and read a variety of shorter books. We also started listening to The Story of the World on CD, and she is begging me to buy a book. We might move for the time being from geography to history, since she seems to be very interested in some of the stories.
11 Experiments That Failed by Jenny Offill was recommended by Joyful Learner and was hugely popular with Smarty who developed a very large funny bone lately. In fact, she was quoting entire pages from this book by heart to her father but reassured him that she won’t be trying these experiments herself. The story is greatly enhanced by clever illustrations of Nancy Carpenter. I’d say reading age is 5+ – younger kids might get some “creative” ideas from this book.
I got Looking at Lincoln by Maira Kalman because of its illustrations. Again, the story is more appropriate for school-age kids, but it could be a perfect read for Presidents’ Day – the book is a good cross between fiction and non-fiction and explains who Lincoln was, what he did and even how he died. There is an appendix in the end of the book for even older kids and their parents. Smarty enjoyed the story and read it several times on her own.
We started listening to Story of the World on CD this week, and Smarty was very fascinated by it. I brought home Archaeologists Dig for Clues which provides an excellent overview of what Archaeologists do including both field work and lab work. We read this book before, but now Smarty is older and can appreciate the level of detail much better. I think we might follow up by reading about the most amazing archaeological discoveries, such as King Tut or Troy.
Our math book this week was Amanda Bean’s Amazing Dream – a book about multiplication. It makes an honest effort to explain the connection between multiplication and “fast counting" of sets, but somehow the story seemed boring and repetitive. Neither I or Smarty cared much for it. We do like 2x2=Boo by Loreen Leedy that is more entertaining and tackles the same concept.