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Planet Earth for kids

planet earth

Planet Earth is a complex and dynamic system we yet have to fully understand. Planet Earth can be compared to the human body : different parts needs to fully interact together, and this, in multiple complex ways. One disequilibrium and everything can fall apart. Our planet not only have many components (oceans, forests, atmosphere, etc), but also interact with other masses and objects in the solar system, such as the moon and the sun, and at a lesser extent, other planets. In order to keep our planet healthy, it is important to educate our youth about how fragile Planet Earth is, despite its size.

Planet Earth NASA
The NASA has developed a Earth Science program which purpose is to understand systems of Planet Earth, as well as its response to natural or changes induced by us (humans), in order to improve our ways of determining climate and weather changes and most importantly, natural hazards.

Here are a great selection of books about Planet Earth.

Planet Earth for kids
Planet Earth – The Complete BBC Series
How Come? Planet Earth (Paperback)

Planet Earth Oceans
The Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor
Ocean Life From A to Z Book and DVD (Hardcover)
National Geographic Kids Almanac 2010 (Paperback)

Planet Earth System Solar and Planet Earth Astronomy
Exploring the Solar System: A History with 22 Activities (For Kids series) (Paperback)
Our Solar System (revised edition) (Hardcover)
Me and My Place in Space (Dragonfly Books) (Paperback)

Planet Earth Moon
If You Decide To Go To The Moon (Booklist Editor’s Choice. Books for Youth (Awards))
Reaching for the Moon (Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 (Awards)) [BARGAIN PRICE] (Hardcover)

Planet Earth Geography
The Everything Kids’ Geography Book: From the Grand Canyon to the Great Barrier Reef – explore the world! (Everything Kids Series) (Paperback
The Complete Book of Maps & Geography (Paperback)
The Geography Bee Complete Preparation Handbook: 1,001 Questions & Answers to Help You Win Again and Again! (Paperback)

Volcanoes for kids

Erupting volcanoVolcanoes are, with no doubt, among the most amazing phenomena in the world. From ancient myths to modern headlines, volcanoes are among the world’s most amazing phenomena. It is important for our little ones to understand the world around them, including a knowledge of science. If your child show interest in volcanoes, allow him or her to expand their interest with educational activities related to volcanoes for kids. And the variety of volcanoes for kids-related accessories is wide : toys, scientific kits, books or documentaries. For example, the Volcano Making Kit will allow you child to discover the wonderful world of volcanoes while developing his or her manual skills. The Volcano Making Kit is definitely an entertaining product, both for the child and the parent. Putting together the volcano is in itself a fun activities and the results, the volcano eruption (big, bubbly eruptions) will bring lots of ohhh and awwwws. The Mega Volcano is another great volcano kit to share with your children. The Mega Volcano is bigger than the Volcano Making Kit, but is also more expensive.

How about reading some informative books about volcanoes before or after building the volcano, to understand the concept but also watch the breathtaking pictures of volcanoes, which will fire up the interest in those natural phenomena even more. The volcanoes for kids books Volcanoes and Earthquakes from DK Eyewitness is a great book susceptible to interest young like adults. DK Eyewitness is well know science books for kids publisher and you and your child will be pleased with the quality of the book, information and illustrations. National Geographic carries a great documentary on DVD about volcanoes (National Geographic – Volcano!. If you like the Hollywood special effects, you and your kid will not be disappointed with the documentary on DVD : not only they are fantastic, but they are real! While both the DVD and the book are quite informative and have great images, if you are buying for a young child or toddler, you may want to start with a more basic introduction. Volcanoes (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) is a great basic book about volcanoes that will suit any child between 3-8 years of age. The volcanoes for kids book provides stunning pictures as well as good comprehensive information for younger children.

Interesting facts about volcanoes:

1. A volcano is a usually a mountain and acts as a hole that let liquid rock and gas erupt when active.
2. Magma vs lava. Magma is the liquid rock inside the volcano and lava is the magma that is flowing out of the volcano.
3. There are 1510 “active” volcanoes in the world.
4. Some volcanoes are under the water, deep in the oceans.
5. The Ring of Fire is a belt around the Pacific ocean that holds more than half of the world’s volcanoes.

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Houghton Mifflin books for children

Houghton Mifflin coverThe demand of quality children’s educational books and references is strong. Nowadays, emphasis is put into good education. Moreover, parents wants good educational products that can also be entertaining and allow the child’s interest to grow.
When it comes to publishing quality textbooks and other educational materials for both elementary and high school students, Houghton Mifflin is with no doubt a leader. The well-known publishing company also has an extensive line of other publications, including fiction and non-fiction for young readers or adults as well as a multitude of multimedia entertainment products.

Houghton Mifflin has an incredible list of award-winning children’s literature your children will benefit from. Their products will meet your demands as well as your child’s demand and allow them to learn faster and exponentially grow interest in books, science, math and more.

Houghton Mifflin books for children : Reading and English
Houghton Mifflin Reading are best-selling books for kids age k-6. When it comes to English textbooks, Houghton Mifflin has published well illustrated has produced a brilliantly illustrated text for teaching the basics of English. The books will help the teacher or parent go through the fundamentals of the English language. Questions are supplied to the educator are mostly organized into 3 different levels of difficulty, which are easy, average and challenging or difficult. Ready-to-use books that will give you a comprehensive hand.

Houghton Mifflin books for children : Maths
Houghton Mifflin Math textbooks provides solid results to help students from all grades to reach their goals. New concepts are also used, such as eMathbook, that reproduces the student book into an interactive electronic format and allow children to access the book from anywhere without having to carry the book and include includes printable fun activity pages.

Houghton Mifflin books for children : Science
Science books for kids from Houghton Mifflin give an accessible, standards-based, spiral curriculum covering life, earth, and physical science topics and leading students in grades K−6 to a deeper understanding of science content and concepts.

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Top 5 robots for kids

Robots have always fascinated people. From the our childhood cartoons “Transformers” to “Robo Chess” (who can give you a real chess challenge…) to robots use in the army (BigDog – The Robotic Mule, which can carry up to 88lbs of equipment) to the Sony QRIO (which can dance, walk, recognize faces, voices and behavior) to the Honda Asima (who can walk, run and even be used as an assistant in your office to serve coffee…) to robots for kids… And while not every family has the money to purchase a Honda Asimo, you can certainly purchase robots for kids, which will make the happiness of many little ones!

So here are the top five robots for kids you can buy now!

Tomy I-SOBOT RobotTomy I-SOBOT Robot It is not surprising that Tomy I-SOBOT Robots for kids and parents are such a big hit. The Tomy I-SOBOT Robot is a must-have. On a rainy day or when your kids are having play dates with other children, this bot is a hoot to have around. The Tomy I-SOBOT Robot is easy to use and is literally pre-packed with over 200 words/phrases as well as 200 pre-programmed movements. The robots operates with a remote control but many of the functions can be activated via voice activation. Kids and adults will simply love the large number of things robot can do : walk, talk, kick and even do air guitar! Tomy I-SOBOT Robot, lots of fun in such a tiny robot!

Wall-E and EveU Command Wall-E / Interaction Eve U Command Wall-E for lots of fun! When mentioning robots for kids, Wall-E comes to the mind of many children (and adults!). The Academy Award movie has become the favorite of many, and so will the U Command Wall-E robot! Wall-E can do a lot : talk, sing, blink his eyes, dance and much more! Plus, it is possible to program yourself a sequence of up to 15 movements. Wall-E uses a lot of the original movie voice and sound effects for even more entertainment and fun! And if you are getting Wall-E, don’t miss Interaction Eve who can talk to Interaction Wall-E (sold separately)!! Interactive Eve will respond to you if you say quotes from the movie. U Comman Wall-E, Interaction Wall-E and Interactive Eve, a great present for the holidays!

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We are not engineers, neither are our kids. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t make your actual own robots for kids and adults. And thanks for the LEGO kit, it doesn’t need a Ph.D. to have hours of fun with your kids building a robot. The LEGO Mindstorms NXT uses a 32-bit microprocessor brain that can be programmed from any home computer to control your fun LEGO creation. And the little LEGO robot will be able to move around, sense the world around it using technology that incorporates touch, light, sound and unltrasonic sensors. Bottom line : the LEGO Mindstorms NXT is a great kid for any creative kid (8 years and older) or any adults who are looking for something different and will give anybody a little bit of insight in engineering!

TMX eXtra Special EditionFisher-Price TMX eXtra Special Edition If your kid is a fan of the fuzzy red doll, they will simply love Tickle Me Elmo. The Elmo robots series are great robots for kids and toddlers. TMX Elmo has a laugh that will make you laugh even if you don’t want to! Tickle Me Elmo has three some special ticklish spots can also do many fun tricks such as rolling on the floor laughing, pounding its first on the ground begging the tickler to stop and much more! Your child will love to dance on the music with Elmo and just to cuddle with the soft stuffed toy. And if you are looking into other Sesame Street robots, Ernie, Cookie Monster and a special 10th anniversary Spanish version are also available!

WowWee Robosapien Humanoid Toy Robot with Remote Control
WowWee Robosapien Humanoid Toy Robot This top notch robot is a real multispeed, fast and dynamic robot who can walk, run and turn. In this world of robotics, WowWee Robosapian is with no doubts one of the best robots for kids and is probably the closest you will find to the great Sony and Honda humanoid robots. The Robosapian Robot is by far, one of the most spectacular robot available on the market for such a reasonable price. Fun to watch and play with, the Robosapian robot will amaze more than one, including adults!

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Tomy I-SOBOT Robot

LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 (8547)

The Everything Kids’ Math Puzzles Book: Brain Teasers, Games, and Activities

The Everything Kids' Math Puzzles Book: Brain Teasers, Games, and Activities for Hours of Fun (Everything Kids Series)

For: Grades 4-7 / Ages 9-12
Subject: Mathematics
Rating: 4.5 stars (5 reviewers)
Price: $7.95
Page: 135 PAGES
By: Meg Clemens, Sean Clemens, Glenn Clemens

This book is full of fun activities such as decoding Roman numbers and magic squares. Whether it is for home, or for the road, this book will keep children between 9 to 12 years of age entertained and busy. For 7.95$ and over 100 pages, what more can you ask for.  If you and your child liked this book, don’t miss on the other The Everything For Kids series, they are fun, interesting and educational.

Who knew that math could be so cool? Crammed with games, puzzles, and trivia, The Everything® Kids’ Math Puzzles Book puts the fun back into playing with numbers! Inside, you’ll be able to: ·Decode hidden messages using Roman numerals ·Connect the dots using simple addition and subtraction ·Learn to create magic number squares ·Use division to answer musical riddles ·Match the profession to numerical license plates If you have any fear of math—or are just tir (more…)

How to choose Math books for kids

Looking for math books for your kids? The struggle of many parents is to decide what math books for kids is the most suitable for their child. How should you choose? What are the best math books for kids?

But choosing a book for your child is not always as easy as 1 plus 1 equal 2. Most teachers and educators will tell you, there isn’t “the best” book, but rather a great selection of decent quality children math books. The important thing, when looking for math books for kids, is to look at the two following elements.

First, the mathematical content, no doubts about it, is very important. The content should suit the child’s math level, and even exceed it. By choosing a children’s math book that will slightly exceed your kid’s math level, you will give your child the opportunity to go beyond their knowledge and have an advantage in class. By having more knowledge and skills, your child will pick up faster at school. However, it is important to remember not to exceed your child’s level by too much. If you give your child math books for kids that are way over their level and are too difficult for him or her to understand, the child can become discouraged and even start disliking learning math overall.

Second, the way the author approaches math problems and how the author is able to make it interesting enough so the child will be enjoying (as close as doing math can be enjoyable for a child) doing the exercices is an important element. If you are buying math books for kids as an addition to your child’s schooling, you should try to choose a math books for kids that will give him or her that feeling of doing homework, therefore allowing you child to enjoy it as much as possible.

Math books for kids should encourage observation, investigation, exploration, and discovery of patterns in math. Moreover, they should encourage creative thinking. Depending on your child, you may want to choose a book that have a lot of repetition in a certain type of exercises, or not.

Finally, remember that how you teach your child also plays an important in your child progress. You need to listen to your child’s needs, to use an incremental step-by-step approach and to review exercises and problems with your kid.

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The importance of exposing young children to writing and reading

Many parents don’t realize the importance of exposing their babies, toddlers and young children to writing and reading. Too many parents leave it up to school and the education system to teach their kids how to read and write. However, children interest for writing and reading must be awaken at a very young age and to help its integration in the family, educational places and community, it is necessary to increase awareness of the importance of early exposure to language. This suggests that writing and reading should not start in school, but much earlier, and in a non conventional way (different from the schooling system). Moreover, school should not have the monopole when it comes to help the development of language skills.

Research has shown over the past years that early childhood is a favorable period to be exposed to languages, whether it comes to speech, writing or reading. This development period happens between 0 and 6 years old is also called Emergence of Writing and can also be described as children’s writing during the pre-alphabetic spelling phase (Strickland et Morrow, 1989; Giasson, J, 1995; Thériault, J., 1995).

How children can be exposed to languages can be done in several ways, and will often depend of the socio-economic environment of the child, and influences will come from the family of the child or its social environment. Those influences will allow the child to acquire in a relaxed way knowledge and develop writing skills.

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The New York Public Library Amazing World Geography: A Book of Answers for Kids (Paperback)

The New York Public Library Amazing World Geography: A Book of Answers for Kids
For: Grades 4-7 / Ages 9-12
Subject: Nature, Planet Earth
Rating: N/A
Price: $12.95
Page: 176 PAGES
By: The New York Public Library & Andrea Sutcliffe

Follow the Ring of Fire from New Zealand to South America. Navigate the Blue Nile and walk the Great Wall of China. Meet the first person to reach the South Pole and witness the “Green Revolution” in India. Explore the people, landscapes, and languages of our fascinating planet and uncover the answers to all your questions about world geography . . . How old is the earth? See page 8. Can volcanoes form underwater? See page 14. What are maquiladoras? See page 50. (more…)

The Tree Book for Kids and Their Grown Ups (Hardcover)

The Tree Book for Kids and Their Grown Ups
For: Grades 4-10 / Ages 9-15
Subject: Nature
Rating: 5 stars (3 reviews)
Price: $15.95
Page: 96 pages
By: Gina Ingoglia

The birds, the bees, the flowers and the…TREES! How do trees grow? Why do leaves change? What kind of tree is that? The acclaimed Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s newest guide answers all kids’ (and their parents’) tree-related questions in an easy-to-understand way. It features 33 different trees that grow in North America, from rural Georgia to the streets of New York City to the California suburbs. Each profile includes a beautiful botanical watercolor illustration by author Gina (more…)

The Complete Backyard Nature Activity Book: Fun Projects for Kids to Learn About the Wonders of Wildlife and Nature

The Complete Backyard Nature Activity Book: Fun Projects for Kids to Learn About the Wonders of Wildlife and Nature
For: Grades 4-6 / Ages 9-12
Subject: Nature and Animals / Activity book
Rating: 5 stars (2 reviews)
Price: N/A
Page: 64 pages
By: Robin Michal Krootz

From an apartment-rail hummingbird feeder to a backyard bat house. . .from a butterfly-friendly window box to a nest full of baby swallows. . .here are simple instructions for creating inviting, easy-to-make feeders and havitats that will attract insects, birds, squirrels, bats, frogs, and other small creatures. Many of the projects use recycled materials. These enjoyable science-based activities are accompanied by attractive illustrations and amazing anecdotes, facts, and insights (more…)

Science Dictionary for Kids: The Essential Guide to Science Terms, Concepts, and Strategies (Paperback)

Science Dictionary for Kids: The Essential Guide to Science Terms, Concepts, and Strategies
For: Grades 4-7 / Ages 9-12
Subject: Dictionnary
Rating: 5 stars (2 reviews)
Price: $12.95
Page: 144 pages
By: Laurie Westphal

Packed with more than 350 illustrated science definitions that every child must know…this is the ultimate science homework helper! Science Dictionary for Kids provides hundreds of science terms with kid-friendly definitions and illustrations, perfect for any teacher of science or parent helping a child with science homework. From the basic science equipment, to the physical sciences, to Earth science, kids can flip to one of eight science categories to find the definitions they need (more…)

The Everything Kids’ Science Experiments Book

The Everything Kids' Science Experiments Book: Boil Ice, Float Water, Measure Gravity-Challenge the World Around You! (Everything Kids Series)
For: Grades 4-8 / Ages 9-12
Subject: Activity book / biology, chemistry, physics, space
Rating: 4.5 stars (28 reviews)
Price: $12.95
Page: 144 pages
By: Tom Robinson

Boil Ice, Float Water, Measure Gravity-Challenge the World Around You! Science has never been so easy – or so much fun! With The Everything Kids’ Science Experiments Book, all you need to do is gather a few household items and you can recreate dozens of mind-blowing, kid-tested science experiments. High school science teach Tom Robinson shows you how to expand your scientific horizons – from biology to chemistry to physics to outer space. You’ll discover answers to questions like: Is it possible to blow up a balloon without actually blowing into (…Find more similar books…)

Science in Seconds for Kids: Over 100 Experiments You Can Do in Ten Minutes or Less (Paperback)

Science in Seconds for Kids: Over 100 Experiments You Can Do in Ten Minutes or Less
For: Grade 2-4 / Ages 7-10
Subject: Activity book (air, animals, energy, gravity, magnetism, light, the human body, and much more)
Rating: 4.5 stars (5 reviewers)
Price: $12.95
Page: 144 pages
By: Jean Potter

From School Library Journal
Suitable for grade 2-4. This book is a collection of simple projects. Experiments are easy and uses every materials that can easily be found in the house. Different topics for different areas of science, from gravity, to water or light. They all can be follow in a matter of minutes. Comes with detailed instructions and illustrations. The experiments are easy to understand. Some experiments require the help of an adult, and are well mentioned in the book. Each experiment has a some good science explanation behind it, the why, the what should had happened and many explanations. At times these explanations involve concepts that (…Find other similar books…)