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Science: Visual Encyclopedia of Science

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015

    When this book first arrived in the mail a few years ago (I bought it used at, I was shocked at how small it was.  I was expecting a much larger, much more impressive encyclopedia for me to read to my five-year-old daughter (I was very ambitious when I first started homeschooling).  Instead, I received this six and a half inch book in the mail and it was smaller than my daughter’s barbie dolls.  Disappointed I shelved it away and went on to bigger and better books. Luckily, my daughter did not share the same sentiment.  A few months into our homeschooling year, I found Alice tightly grasping this book and very intently, studying its pages.  Of course, she was too young to read the book, but that didn’t stop her.  Inside it’s pages were pictures of planets, flowers, animals, the earth, weather, and inventions (among other things).    And best of all, it fit nicely into her cute little hands.  It was neither too large nor too heavy.  It was the perfect size for our little girl.  Now that she’s reading on her own these books have taken on a completely different meaning to her.  Whereas before I had to sit down and read them to her, she can now read some of the passages by herself.  Although she still needs me to explain different scientific concepts to her, these explanations are becoming less and less frequent.  For now she’s been looking at this book for so many years, all of it’s great scientific information is finally taking hold. What I’ve come to like best about these books (we have several Visual Encyclopedias by DK), is that the passages are concise and informative.  They contain easy to read summaries, relevant facts, and engaging illustrations, photographs, and charts. Book Facts Title:  Visual Encyclopedia of Science Publisher:  DK Publishing ISBN: 0756607000 Published: 2005 Number of Pages: 512 Topics Covered:  Chemistry, Physics, Earth, Weather, Space and The Living World (plants, animals, ecosystems etc.) Recommended Age Group:  Preschool – 6th Grade Printing Status: Out of Print Price:  Buy it used for under $5 at or

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Science: Bring Zoo Animals into Your Home (Virtually)

Posted by on Mar 22, 2015

Are you learning about animals right now or do you want to?  If you can’t get to the zoo (and who can most days).  Visit these great virtual zoos online.  Our favorite was the Richmond Cheetah Cam –log on at night and watch them sleep (the cubs are adorable!). Virtual Zoo World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) There are over 600 animals in this virtual zoo. The virtual zoo contains mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and invertebrates. Choose animals by species, randomly from pictures, from the zoo map and from the different world regions. Animal names, scientific names, animal photographs, animal facts, zoo information (why zoo’s keep these animals? etc), distribution information (information on habitat, range, wild population, zoo population, etc.), and a map as to where these animals live in the wild can all be found in this virtual zoo. Live Zoo Cameras National Zoo (Smithsonian National Zoological Park) – Animal Cams View animals live at the National Zoo. Elephant Cam Asian Small-Clawed Otter Cam Clouded Leopard Cam Fishing Cats Cam Lion Cub Cam Naked Mole-Rat Cam Orangutan Cam Panda Cam Houston Zoo View animals live the Houston Zoo. Flamingo Habitat Giraffe Feeding Platform Giraffe Yard Chimpanzee Window Chimpanzee Yard Elephant Pool Elephant Yard Rhino Yard San Diego Zoo View animals live the San Diego Zoo. Pandas Apes Elephants Polar Bears Woodland Park Zoo View animals live the Woodland Park Zoo. Bear Cam Giraffe Barn Cam Savanna Cam Richmond Cheetah Cam A partnership between the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Metro Richmond...

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