Saturday, February 20, 2016

Review: Boy Were We Wrong About the Human Body by Kathleen V Kudlinski

We found an awesome series of science history picture books, Boy, Were We Wrong by Kathleen V. Kudlinski. This series presents a nicely summarized history of scientific discovery centered around different themes, all with the purpose of showing readers that our knowledge of science is based on educated guesses. The best part about these books is that they tell your child that THEY might be the next scientist who makes a big discovery that changes science.

The books we read are:

There's one more:

I particularly liked that the Dinosaur book explained that many textbooks, films, and other books feature already out-dated information about Dinosaurs. There have been several discoveries in the last few years that negate what I learned as a kid. Did you know that triceratops and torosaurus are the same dinosaur?

Or that they thought Brontosaurus did not really exist, and now they've changed their mind again?

And, of course, the Solar System book talks about Pluto being a dwarf planet. My four-year-old loves to tell me that Pluto is indeed a planet, just a dwarf one. Poor Pluto!

You can also check out [Kudvinski's website]. She has written many children's books about science and history.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Review: Snap Circuits Jr.

Today we broke out our Snap Circuits Jr. kit. I'm so thrilled with it, and I noticed that it appears to be on sale at [ Amazon ] right now!
The projects in the book have great explanations and illustrations, and follow a very logical progression and start simple, so it is like a 100 science lessons in one kit. I love how the board holds everything together so that it's easier for little hands that are still developing fine motor control.

Having just spent the day checking out different brick-and-mortar stores trying to find 1.5V bulbs and 1.5V motors for what I thought was a simple electronics project, I'm relieved to start with this instead. My 6.5-year-old will still want to build a simple robot one day, but maybe after we've both learned more of the principals behind the crazy DIY projects that require you to buy a 10 pack of flashlight bulbs on Amazon, and a five pack of this and that, until suddenly your cart totals far more than the $20 that this set costs right now

Monday, February 1, 2016

Review: Nellie Nova Takes Flight at Learning Tangent Magazine

My review for Nellie Nova Takes Flight went live today at Learning Tangent: The Common Sense Homeschool Magazine!

Learning Tangent is an interfaith quarterly magazine that has been running since early 2014. Editor-in-Chief Gail Nelsen started this inspiring publication as a bridge between homeschoolers' various beliefs and faiths. Because in the end, we are all homeschoolers!

I'm excited to share Nellie Nova Takes Flight with both my readers and with the readers of Learning Tangent. Like Learning Tangent, Nellie Nova is something that all homeschoolers can get excited about: a book about and for homeschoolers, written by a homeschooler! And did I mention time travel and famous women scientists?

Nellie Nova Takes Flight