STEAM continues to be a big buzz word. There is the thought that it is the future. But it isn't necessarily the engineering, science, or computer world that STEAM is so important for. Regardless of whether your child wants to be a game developer, marine biologist, or an English teacher, they have to be able … Continue reading Acadia Files – Encouraging a Love of Science and Critical Thinking
When I first saw the series Little People, BIG DREAMS on Netgalley.com, I wasn't all that interested as I thought that the books looked like they were aimed towards really young children. I was wrong. Today I finally downloaded one of them and was quite impressed by the content. Haven't heard of them? You should … Continue reading Little People, BIG DREAMS
Life isn't a Hollywood movie. That's one of the many things that Ellie learns in The Third Mushroom, an incredibly satisfying sequel to The Fourteenth Goldfish. In this book, which I finished in under 24 hours, we watch as Ellie experiments with her first romantic relationship, works on a science fair project with her grandfather, … Continue reading Seeing Something New in The Third Mushroom
The children's book industry is brimming with great titles about women in science and other fields who have made an impact in the way that we live. One such book is being published on October 9th about Dr. Sara Josephine Baker and how her work saved many children's' lives. Dr. Jo - How Sara Josephine … Continue reading Dr. Jo – an Unknown Hero in Infant Health
There are many books that talk about women from the late 1800s and early 1900s who were forerunners of the study of nature, I wrote about a few of them once before. One of the newer additions to this collection is Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story, written by Suzanne Slade … Continue reading Go Out and Explore Nature!
We live in a time where, unfortunately, our way of life has hurt the world around us. It often feels like the problems are bigger than us, but the reality is that each and every one of us can make a difference. Just as the Lorax once said, "until someone like you cares a whole … Continue reading Saving our Environment – Children can Make a Difference
Air pollution. It is everywhere. As a child in Los Angeles, I remember having smog alerts and days where they didn't want you to play outside because the air quality was not great. Some have made great strides to reduce the pollution that we produce, but it continues to be a problem. In the US, … Continue reading Curiosity and Creativity can Make a Difference
Hidden Figures sparked a lot of thought about women and space. The movie really got a lot of people thinking and talking about how women were treated differently in the quest to get to the moon, but also how vital they were. Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing, by … Continue reading Margaret and the Moon
As a child, I loved visiting the tide pools. The wonderful sea anemones were always my favorites. I was very fortunate. I grew up in Los Angeles and I'm pretty sure that we took field trips to the Leo Carrillo State Park frequently and to learn about the amazing marine life that lived in tide … Continue reading Tide Pool Secrets
As spring starts to head our way, we notice the important changes. The temperatures begin to warm, plants that had gone dormant during the winter months are beginning to sprout new growth, and in many places a yellow pollen covers the ground for a few weeks. While most people appreciate the colorful flowers and greenery … Continue reading Bravo to the Bees!