Oct 12

Multicultural Children’s Books

Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually during the third week of October – that’s this week! Its purpose is to encourage teens to “Read For The Fun Of It.” Teen Read Week 2016 features a multi-lingual theme celebrating diversity and highlighting multi-cultural literature. Here are some of my favorite books in this category, not just for teens but for all ages:

Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message, by Jake Swamp. This beautifully illustrated “Reading Rainbow” book is a special children’s version of the Thanksgiving Address, a message of gratitude that originated with the Native people of upstate New York and Canada and that is still spoken at ceremonial gatherings held by the Iroquois, or Six Nations. (Ages 5-11.)

Freedom’s Pen: A Story Based on the Life of Freed Slave and Author Phillis Wheatley, by Wendy Lawton. Phillis Wheatley was a little girl of seven or eight years old when she was captured in Gambia and brought to America as a slave. But she didn t let her circumstances keep her down. She learned to read and write in English and Latin, and showed a natural gift for poetry. By the time she was twelve, her elegy at the death of the great pastor George Whitefield brought her worldwide acclaim. Phillis became known to heads of state, including George Washington himself, speaking out for American independence and the end of slavery. She became the first African American to publish a book, and her writings would eventually win her freedom. Author Wendy Lawton inspires young girl readers by portraying the life of a girl who makes God an active part of her life and makes a difference while she’s still young. (Ages 8-12.)

Seekers of the Lost Boy, by Taryn Hayes. Set in Cape Town, South Africa, this young adult novel explores the history of apartheid through the eyes of a homeschool family. The Christian gospel message is masterfully woven into this unique tale, along with vivid descriptions of South African life. (Ages 10-16.) Read a review of this book at HomeschoolingTeen.com.

Iraq: The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq, by Jeanette Winter. When war threatens to destroy Alia’s precious library collection, which includes rare editions, she bravely works to move 30,000 volumes to safety. This true story reminds us how, throughout the world, the love of literature and the respect for knowledge know no boundaries. (Ages 4-7.)

icdlHow would you like to have access to a free online public library of children’s books from around the world for kids 3 to 13? You can, if you just visit the International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL). The Library’s books include books selected and digitized by The Library of Congress, as well as children’s books selected by international librarians and new books from publishers and authors. The ICDL Foundation’s goal is to build a collection of books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world. Ultimately, the Foundation aspires to have every culture and language represented so that every child can know and appreciate the riches of children’s literature from the world community — by making the best in children’s literature available online free of charge.

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Oct 11

National Fire Prevention Week

fire-alarmOctober 9-15 is “National Fire Prevention Week.” This is the third year of the National Fire Protection Association’s three-year effort to educate the public about basic but essential elements of smoke alarm safety.

The key messages of the NFPA’s campaign are to test all of your smoke alarms monthly by pushing the test button on the alarm, and replace batteries (never buy cheap dollar store batteries) at least once a year or when the alarm’s low battery signal begins to chirp.

However, age matters when it comes to your smoke alarms. Your safety could depend on whether your smoke alarm is up to date. The 2016 National Fire Prevention Week theme is: “Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years.” If you’re not sure how old the smoke alarm in your home is, check the manufacture date on the back of the alarm.

Did you know that roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep? According the National Fire Protection Association, “almost three of five (60%) reported home fire deaths in 2007 to 2011 resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.”

Smoke alarms save lives! Visit NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week page for more information about smoke alarms and other fire safety activities.

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Oct 10

It’s National Fire Prevention Week AND Teen Read Week!

From Knowledge House…

October 9-15 is National Fire Prevention Week AND Teen Read Week! So be sure to open this newsletter for fire safety information as well as recommended books (not just for teens but for all ages) – including a sneak preview of Tim Tebow’s new book, Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life’s Storms (coming out October 25).

Click on the following link to read this month’s newsletter:
http://www.knowledgehouse.info/KHnews/10-2016.html

CONTENTS:
Featured Article: National Fire Prevention Week
Book of the Month: Shaken, by Tim Tebow
Famous Homeschooler: Bethany Hamilton, Soul Surfer
Reading Between the Lines: Teen Read Week
Video: “Thank You Song for Our Police”

LINKS:
Autumn Leaves
Fire Safety
Columbus Day
Make a Difference Day
Halloween
Spooky Shakespeare

FREEBIES:
Fire Safety Activities
Costumes for All Seasons

You can view the October newsletter at this link:
http://www.knowledgehouse.info/KHnews/10-2016.html

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Sep 22

Saturday is Free Museum & Parks Day!

Want to visit a National Park or a museum? If you go this Saturday, it’s free!

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Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry on Saturday, September 24, but you will need to print out a ticket. (Each ticket is good for two people, so for our family we printed out three tickets to cover everyone.) http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-live-2016

September 24 is also National Public Lands Day, so all National Parks are free on that day too! https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm

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Sep 21

BookAdventure.com

Book Adventure is a free, online reading program for children in grades K-12, brought to you by the experts at Sylvan Learning. The website has short quizzes on thousands of books that kids can take to earn points. The harder the book, the more points possible to earn. Redeem the points earned from taking quizzes for the prize of your choice! The site doesn’t have a quiz for every single book, but it has lots of them! (You can also submit your own quiz if they don’t have it.) Within the Parent’s Place, you can monitor your child’s reading progress, track quiz results, approve your child’s prize selection, and help your child find their next book to read. You can even set parameters for what level of books they can test on and/or a time limit. Search through nearly 8,000 books by title, author’s last name, or ISBN, or select your current grade, reading level, and subjects of interest. Find a great book and start your reading adventure today! It’s free! http://BookAdventure.com

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Sep 19

Today is “Talk Like a Pirate” Day

Ahoy Mateys! September 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

pirate_with_treasurePirate Vocabulary:
Ye – you
Me – my
Ahoy – hello
Avast – hey
Aye – yes
Blimey – an exclamation of surprise
Booty – loot
Bucko – friend
Cap’n – short for Captain
Davey Jones’ Locker – the bottom of the sea
Deadlights – eyes
Doubloon – a Spanish gold coin
Gangway – get out of my way
Grub – food
Landlubber – a non-sailor
Larboard – the left side of the ship (also called port)
Me hearties – typical way for a pirate leader to address his crew
Matey – friend
No quarter given – surrender will not be accepted
Sail ho – I see a ship
Sea dog – an experienced seaman
Shanty – a sea song
Shipshape – well organized, under control
Shiver me timbers – an expression of surprise
Starboard – the right side of the ship

Learn all about pirates at: www.knowledgehouse.info/njfk/pirates.html

Learn more about “Talk Like a Pirate Day” at www.talklikeapirate.com

See also: Arrrggg You Serious? How to Truly Talk Like a Pirate (for links to pirate language tutorials and more)

Find a page of pirate day activities at http://www.wikihow.com/Celebrate-Talk-Like-a-Pirate-Day

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Sep 14

Satellites & Stargazing

Above is a depiction of the trackable objects in Low Earth Orbit (LEO is the fuzzy cloud around Earth), Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO is farther out, approximately 22,240 miles above Earth), and all points in between. Image Credit: ESA

Countries and commercial ventures have been putting spacecraft in orbit since the late 1950s. There are now more than 35,000 satellites in orbit around the Earth. So what happens to them when they no longer work? Find out at NASA Space Place: Where do old satellites go when they die?

People have always been fascinated by the stars and the heavens. You do not have to work at NASA to get a close-up look at the planets and stars. You can be your own astronomer and your own scientist, all from the comfort of your own home or backyard. Be An Astronomer Right From Your Window.

If you go out and carefully study the sky near dusk or dawn, and you have relatively dark clear skies, the odds are that you should not have to wait more than 15 minutes before you see a satellite. What is going to fly over your area in the nights ahead? Will it be a spy satellite, the International Space Station, or the Hubble Space Telescope? Enter your zip code at Satellite Flybys and find out.

Spot the Space Station will give you a list of upcoming ISS sighting opportunities for over 6,700 locations worldwide. If your specific city or town isn’t listed, pick one that is fairly close to you. The space station is visible for at least a 50 mile radius around each of the listed locations.

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