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.
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.
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.
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.