Saturday, March 17, 2012

My Body
I switched from fiction to non-fiction read-alouds this week. Smarty and I are reading together My Body by Angela Royston. It’s an interesting book of facts about human body, each double age has some sort of activity, and a lot of focus is given to healthy eating and exercise. In the meantime Smarty and her papa are slowly plodding through Anne of Green Gables.

Things People Do
Smarty got Usborne Book of Things People Do in a Valentine’s package from Babushka and Dedushka. It’s a neat book that introduces little island country Banilla and then explains what different people do. It’s a lot like Jobs People Do from DK Publishing, but written for a younger audience by Anne Civardi who happened to write another of Smarty's perennial favorites – The Complete Book of First Experiences. She keeps reading this book every night and her favorite part is hospital jobs.
Dinosaurs Before Dark
As every school kid in America, Smarty brings home Scholastic book flyers. The last flyer had an offer we couldn’t refuse – first 42 Magic Tree House books for $85. We had some of them at home already, but not an *almost* full collection. Smarty read many MTH books many times already, but it was a good chance to restart them again. She still refuses to read Mummies in the Morning and she is not keen on Merlin missions, but she does enjoy the rest. Perhaps we will even do some sort of mini unit on Dinosaurs Before Dark yet again this weekend, since it looks like the weather will not cooperate with any outside plans.
Can You Count to a Googol
Smarty continues to love numbers, especially big numbers, so we read Can You Count to a Googol? by Robert E. Wells this week. She was very intrigued by a number with 100 zeroes, but she doesn’t fully understand how unimaginably big it is. She keeps asking me if there are a googol people in the world even though a book said explicitly that googol is bigger than a total number of atoms in the Universe (or so the scientists think). I see another mini-discussion happening soon about how small an atom actually is.


An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

My husband would endure several forms of known torture before agreeing to read any of the Anne of Greene Gables series. But we all like the Google book - there's something fun about a number so big it starts to merge with infinity in our minds.

MaryAnne said...

I also spent this week focusing on non-fiction! I think I need to get the Usborne Book of First Experiences for my kids - and maybe Anna will be a doctor someday with all her interest in hospitals and injuries?

Ticia said...

There's a Carl Sagan video where he shows how long the number is written down, and he unrolls a piece of paper and it goes outside of the house. If that's on youtube that might help her visualize it better.

Rainy Day Mum said...

Hi, just discovered your blog through Mamasmiles and Educators spin on it. We have a weekly book post which I'll now come and link up each weekend.

Christy said...

For some reason, my kids aren't interested in MTH books.

Anya said...

My son is a huge fan of Magic Tree House, he just reads them over and over again, now I'm trying to get him some non-fiction books of the series too. Can you count to googol? sounds like a wonderful book, will definitely check it out.

Mom and Kiddo said...

Anne of Green Gables was one of my favorite series when I was a chld. I also admit I thought the 1985 movie was fantastic.