Feb 132016
 

These ebooks are currently $0.00 on Amazon.  Click on the links below each picture to be taken to the page where you can download a digital version of the book.  Before purchasing the books, please double check the price to make sure it has not changed.  Before I had a Kindle I read these on my computer.  If you are wanting to do the same, go here to download the free application.  These are not affiliate links.

While searching for gardening ebooks this morning I came across some books geared towards kids.  A further search revealed even more books.  My kids often ask me to read something to them from my Kindle.  Currently the only ‘kids’ books I have are 50 Famous Stories Retold, which we use as a part of school, and a book on feelings.  Not exactly an extensive list of choices.

A lot of the books below are fairly simple and short, sometimes that is exactly what you need. A few are longer and have more details.  When you click through the link you will be able to take a look inside the book.   That will give you a good idea of what the rest of the book will look like.

Animals

Bugs and Insects Kingdom : K12 Earth Science Series: Insects for Kids

Its A Bugs World: Scary and Spooky Bugs: Insects for Kids – Entomology

Book of Scary Creatures on the Planet: Animal Encyclopedia for Kids

Blue Animals On The Planet: Animal Encyclopedia for Kids

Orange Animals On The Planet: Animal Encyclopedia for Kids

Crustaceans, What & Why? : Preschool Science Series: Marine Life and Oceanography for Kids Pre-K Books

All About Elephants

Bees Like Flowers

The Amazing Animal Superbook

Geography

3rd Grade Geography: Why Does it Rain?: Precipitation Weather for Kids

4th Grade Geography: North and South Poles: Fourth Grade Books Polar Regions for Kids

5th Grade Geography: Seas and Oceans of the World: Fifth Grade Books Marine Life and Oceanography for Kids

Around The Globe – Must See Places in the Middle East: Middle East Travel Guide for Kids

Around The Globe – Must See Places in South America: South America Travel Guide for Kids

Let’s Explore North America (Most Famous Attractions in North America): North America Travel Guide

Around The Globe – Must See Places in Africa: African Travel Guide for Kids

Let’s Explore Southeast Asia (Most Famous Attractions in Southeast Asia): Southeast Asia Travel Guide

Let’s Explore Canada (Most Famous Attractions in Canada): Canada Travel Guide

Let’s Explore Italy (Most Famous Attractions in Italy): Italy Travel Guide

Let’s Explore Australia (Most Famous Attractions in Australia): Australia Travel Guide

Let’s Explore Germany (Most Famous Attractions in Germany): Germany Travel Guide

Natural Sciences

Why Does It Happen?: Oceans, Seas, Lakes and Rivers: Oceanography for Kids

Space

Let’s Explore the Moon: Moons and Planets for Kids

About the Milky Way (Our Home Galaxy) : 3rd Grade Science Textbook Series: Solar System for Kids

101 Facts… Solar System. Space Books for Kids

History

Grade 2 History: Wayback Machine For Kids: This Day In History Book 2nd Grade

4th Grade History: Ancient Civilizations: Fourth Grade Books for Kids

4th Grade History Book: Mayans and Incas of South America: Fourth Grade Books Ancient Civilizations

5th Grade American History: American Presidents: Fifth Grade Books US Presidents for Kids

5th Grade Us History: Famous US Inventors: Fifth Grade Books Inventors for Kids

5th Grade US History: Famous US Authors: Fifth Grade Books American Writers

6th Grade American History: Founding Fathers and Leaders: American Revolution Kids Sixth Grade Books

Science

Famous Scientists and What They Did : Pre-K Science Series: Scientists for Kids Preschool Books

Five Human Senses, What & Why? : 3rd Grade Science Books Series: Third Grade Books

Grade 1 Science: For Curious Kids: Fun Science Trivia for Kids In Grade One

Phonics

Grade 2 Phonics: Better Baby Speakers: 2nd Grade Books Reading Aloud Edition

Music

I Love Music: All About Musical Instruments Then and Now: Music Instruments for Kids

Misc.

Let’s Explore the Construction Site: Construction Site Kids Book

Things That Go – Boats Edition: Boats for Children & Kids

Jan 262016
 

Science Kids on the Loose

Sid The Science Kid: Growing Plants takes a look into a preschool classroom or daycare as kids plant and compare lima bean plants.  This short video shows kids how to plant a seed.  The kids then take a look at plants grown from seeds, started at various times in the past; some are seedlings and others are almost a foot tall.

If you are looking to do something inside with your kids when you actually want to be outside in the garden, starting plants on a sunny window sill is a fun activity.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it does not.  Gardening is always an adventure.

Aug 132015
 

night sky stars

Last night I did something very much out of our normal – I let the kids stay up really, really late.  On purpose.  I made a batch of brownies, invited some friends to join us, grabbed a blanket and headed to a somewhat secluded spot nearby.  We ended up at a country intersection surrounded by fields.  It was dark.  No one else was around.  It was perfect.

No, we were not doing “illegal activities”, nor anything morally inappropriate.  What we were hoping to do was to see meteors from the Perseid Meteor shower, and appear to come from the Perseus constellation.  It has only been in the past hundred years or so that the connection between the Perseid meteors and a specific comment has made.

Perseid

noun Per·se·id \ˈpər-sē-əd\

:  any of a group of meteors that appear annually about August 11

If we had planned ahead more than vaguely me saying we were going to do it a few days ago, letting the kids know at lunch time what was going to happen that night, and then texting friends 3 hours before the even to invite their family to join us, we probably could have found a slightly darker location.  The initial plan was to head for the local country airport.  However once we got there we realized the silly people actually left two security lights and the runway lights on at night.  Well, there went that idea of a nice wide open flat place to check out the event.  Not ones to be detoured, we got back in the car and drove till we were at a nice dark intersection with no one around … the kids were a bit spooked by this fact, pointed out very clearly by Jack.  Thanks, Bud. Very helpful.

Several people have asked me how I came to hear about this annual event.  Honestly, I am not sure.  I think it was online somewhere this past weekend and it peaked my interest.  Not only was I interested in seeing it, but I figured the kids would also like to see ‘stars’ streak across the sky.  With nothing on the calendar for today, last night was a perfect night to let them stay awake hours past their normal bedtime.

Surely I scored some Parent Of The Year points from the kids for this one.  If I did, though, they were taken away this morning when I made them actually do their morning routines and put away their clean clothes, even though they were tired.

This meteor shower is an annual event that can be seen in the Northern Hemisphere, though it does not always correspond with a clear, moon-less night.  The Perseid meteor shower happens at almost the same time each year, as the Earth’s orbit intersects with the path taken by the Swift-Tuttle comet, a comet that has been ‘discovered’ several times over human history.  The meteors are particles left in the path of the comet’s 133 year orbit which are pulled closer by our gravity and burn up when they come into contact with our atmosphere.

In 2016, the comet should be close enough to see with the naked eye, though I think binocular or a telescope would make it even cooler.  (Hmm. Not sure I will tell the kids that one, or else I will hear about it for the next 10 years.  Let’s just keep it our secret for now. Okay?)

It really was an amazing sight last night.  Even with our less than ideal setting, only a mile or two outside of town and the light from surrounding towns visible in the sky, we were able to see meteors shooting quickly across the sky.  Most of them you would miss if you blinked, or made you think you were seeing things.  There were others, though, that were larger or closer, who lasted longer and left a trail behind them.

If I had been out there by myself or only with adults I think we would have stayed longer, possibly even falling asleep looking up at the stars.  As it was, the younger kids were running through dark fields throwing needed items into the fields screaming and running in circles falling into ditches and hitting metal poles tired.  My favorite quote was from Jack, “But when are we going to get to see meteors?  We didn’t see any?!”  After an hour of telling a kid to lay down and look up, how do you answer that question?  Here is the route I took – “Oh, that’s a shame.  Now buckle up, and look out the window as we drive home.”

Last night (August 12th) or the early hours of this morning (August 13th) were the optimal times to watch the show.  However, there will still be some tonight and the next consecutive days, though not nearly as many of last night.  Otherwise you might want to add it to next year’s calendar.

When George heard this his response was, “We get to go watch meteors again tonight?!?!?”  I took this opportunity to very clearly state my position.  “NO!  It happens every year and you will get to see them a year from now.  I will need that long to recover.”  Sometimes plainly spoken honesty is the route to take, leaving no room for argument.

 

Apr 292015
 

I was doing a search for videos to use this summer and next school year, when I came across a video about Raindrop The Builder.  These are the perfect length to add for our breakfast/morning time video routine.

All together there are 26 video about Raindrop and his adventures.  Video are in English or Spanish.

“Raindrop is a cartoon series for kids about water, planet and environment. Educational an funny cartoons. Animated serie for kids, educational and funny animation videos.
TV for kids, online family entertainment

Raindrop is a drop of water. You can find it in the forest, in the river, in the sea and even in your house. Surrounded by his friends, Nimbus, a cloud, and Frosty, an ice cube, he will live many adventures defeating Flu, the evil bactery, in his intent to destroy the environment. These cartoon adventures teach children to respect nature, the environment, and especially to assess the importance to life on the planet is the care and use of water.”