Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Thanks for "Dreaming Big" with us!

The finished product from our Action Painting class

Bears reading at our Teddy Bear Slumber Party
We would like to thank you for participating in this year's summer reading program, "Dream Big - Read!"  We hope you had fun and will come see us in the fall.  Take a look at our 'Upcoming Events' page to see what's new!
Jungle Terry twists his snakes!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Web Wednesday - Seymour Simon

For this portion of Web Wednesday, I am including Seymour Simon’s site because he has a space joke on his home page: “When is it polite to drink milk from a saucer?”  You’ll get the answer in a comment to the post!!

Although my original reason for delving into this site is trivial, I am so glad I did!  He has so much information, and his biographical info really shows what happens when you ‘Dream Big!’  He has been an author for over 40 years and has earned a lot of rewards – so many, he has lost track!  At the bottom of the home page you can scroll through all of the books he has written on different topics such as animals, space, the human body, and our planet.  If you are into e-books, he has a wide variety of titles to see.  

He also has an ongoing science blog, and has tons of information that go with our reading theme.  The blog is archived by topic, which I always appreciate in a web site!  I saw a bunch of nocturnal animals featured, so you can learn about them a little more.  He also has a science dictionary to help you get in touch with all kinds of terms.  

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Web Wednesday - NASA style!

This next site, Solar System Exploration, is from NASA and is almost too much for me to handle.  It is so cool to look at and has so much information!!  

You can search through different space missions and search by year, destination, and what country launched the expedition.  My favorite part is the interactive time line of missions you can roll-over and find more information.

You can also see information on planets, and as you scroll over each name a chart of the sky changes so you can see its location!  There is a tool to compare planets to Earth by size and looks.  You can also check out asteroids, moons, and comets that ‘live’ around the planets.

Under the ‘Kids’ tab, you can find all sorts of games!  There is even a chance to be a Martian!  You can make your own profile and continue the learning with a log-in.  Put puzzles together to text your skills!  There is an option to watch Space Story Musical!  With an entire page of information illustrated with kids’ drawings, you can explore the universe!  They even have a page with other kid friendly space sites.  It would be so easy to spend a lot of time here if you are a space nut.  Have fun!