Book Video, New Releases

What a Wonderful Word (Video and Link)

Did you know there is a word for friends who are like family? And for searching for something in the water using only your feet? This collection of untranslatable words from all over the world celebrates the magic of language, with gorgeous original artwork and fascinating facts about each word and the culture it comes from.
If you think all Usborne books are for kids, you have to check this one out. I got this for myself.

A Day At the Eric Carle Museum

Who knew there was an Eric Carle museum??? I read The Very Hungry Caterpillar with my baby just the other day.

A Teacher's Reflections

For book lovers and art lovers, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts has it all.  There are three galleries of rotating art exhibits, the best book store-hands down, and a host of well known authors and illustrators who do special presentations and book signings.  There’s always something happening at The Carle.

And every single time I visit I feel a bit overwhelmed in the best of ways, like a child at Christmas, because there is just so much.  Saturday was no exception.

One of my favorite picture books is Hector Fox and the Giant Quest by Astrid Sheckels. The text is rich in language – words like ‘quest’ – to complement a well written, exciting story.  As soon as I read aloud from the book,

“I wish fairy tales were real sighed little Lucy.”  And that was all it took for Hector and his band…

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Book Video

Classical Music Reference Book (Video and Link)

Find out all about classical music through the ages. Discover musical royals, celebrities and children, grand shows and spectacles (including an out-of-control firework display), and an amazing variety of musical instruments along the way.

“I’m Bored!”

A Homeschool Mom

im_boredThere used to be an old saying, “If you’re bored, it’s because you are boring!” I find myself constantly quoting this to my children whenever I hear complaints of this nature. Personally, I find it very hard to validate any claims of boredom. There are far too many things in life to do, see, experience, and accomplish for me to be bored. So when my children show signs of this malady beginning to take hold, it’s time to jump into action.

Often “boredom” is merely another way for children to express an inner restlessness. Thus, we have devised a whole list of “boredom busters” which we frequently employ when the bug decides to bite.

Boredom Busters

  • Bubbles- Believe it or not, we don’t keep these out all the time. They are kept just for such occasions and for special events.
  • Play Dough- Same concept, we keep these for those times when…

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Book Video

Lift-the-Flap General Knowledge (IR) (Video and Link)

Curious young minds will be enthralled by this detailed and diverse book, packed with flaps to lift to reveal answers to some of the biggest questions in the universe. Parents can learn fascinating facts too!

Lift-the-Flap General Knowledge (IR)


Book Video

See Inside Exploration and Discovery (Video and Link)

Set off into the unknown with explorers through the ages. Lift the flaps to discover incredible journeys, from dangerous ocean voyages by intrepid conquistadors, to the Apollo 11 mission to be the first on the Moon.