Monday, June 27, 2016

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Summer is finally here and with it a brand new boutique that is just in time to celebrate all things Canadian.   The Oh Canada Boutique from DK Canada put the emphasis on books that highlights Canadian contents of all sort.   As a for post to celebrate the Oh Canada Boutique, I will be reviewing three amazing books that contain fun quizzes for your kids; Amazing Animal Quiz Book, Amazing Space Quiz Book and the Amazing Earth Book.

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Each of these books is jam-packed with incredible facts and eye-catching images .   Inside the books you will find over 1000 brain-straining questions that can become as addictive as  they are fun. Covering a vast range of subjects from creepy crawlies to our home planet and beyond these books can become a lifesaver when waiting for an appointment, travelling to visit family, or just to keep the kids busy at the campground.  

You will find three different levels of difficulty for the quiz - easy (green), medium (blue) and hard (red).   Each question will have a multiple choice answers where the child has to choose from.   Also throughout the book you will discover fun facts about the subject of the book.    For example, in the animal book you will learn that a housefly’s feet are 10 million times more sensitive than a human tongue.   In the Space book you will learn that the first record of a meteorite fall is in an Ancient Egyptian papyrus.   In the Earth book you will learn that coral reefs are home to 25 percent of all marine fish species.  Also at the end of each book you will also discover more about the subject in hand with fast facts. And to top it off, all answers are found at the end of the book. 

Wondering what kind of questions you will find for each level?   Here’s a sample (answers will be at the end of this blog post).

EASY

Frog spawn is laid in clumps.  How do toads lay their eggs?
a) individually   b) like frogs   c) in strings  d) in circles

 

MEDIUM

Which of these animals can propel itself through the water by clapping the two halves of its shell together? 
a)swan mussel   b)scallop   c)oyster   d)giant clm

 

HARD

What do ghost knifefish use to communicate? 
a) bubbles   b) color Changes  c) electrical signals   d) chemical signals

 

I find these books to be great to quiz your kids on specific subjects.  Like I mentioned I have received the Animal, Space, and Earth books.   A fourth title is also available which covers dinosaurs.   These books would make a great addition to a personal library whether you homeschool or not.  They are packed with great questions that you can challenge your kids to find the answer whether by digging in books or do a search on the internet.  I think these books are great to pack for a long trip, to bring along in the car, to discover at the dentist, or simply use in the backyard.   They are perfect in many ways and can be a source of learning where your kids learn something while having fun at the same time.

The Oh Canada Boutique contains numerous other titles that could be interesting for you.

The Amazing Quiz Books are available at your favourite bookstore, even on amazon.ca and amazon.com.

 

   

Disclaimer: Thanks to DK Canada for allowing me to promote these books. I was not monetarily compensated for this post . Please note that the post was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

ANSWERS:   Easy: C  -  Medium: B  -  Hard: C

Friday, June 24, 2016

It’s summer time and face it – there will be time when your kids will say the dreaded words “I’m bored!”  Well be joyful right now because I have a great game that will kick the boredom out of their life and had some challenge at the same time.  The game is Tantrix and I have received the Discovery Game Pack to review.  First let me tell you how I discovered Tantrix.IMG_1656

Not too long ago, I had to bring my second son to the orthodontist for a consultation.   His older brother is at the end of an orthodontic treatment but his specialist is a bit far from our home.   Just for the drive alone I am looking forward to finish these treatments.   Anyhow, our dentist has recommended a guy that is much closer to home – a 10 minutes drive maximum compared to a 30-40 minutes drive (one way).   So we decided to go check him out.   So Dominic got some x-rays done and we sat with the orthodontist and his assistant to discuss treatment.  Turns out we have to way 6 months which is about the time when oldest brother will be done with his own treatments!   Anyhow, as we were talking about what needed to be done, the assistant gave Dominic Tantrix to play with as we chatted.     I thought it was a great game to have at the RV or to simply challenge yourself while waiting somewhere.

However, what I didn’t know is that the game exists since 1988 and that you could also play online of download an app on your device.

Now you might be wondering – what is Tantrix?  Well Tantrix is a coffee-table strategy game that comes from New Zealand.   The game has to be resolve with skill and chance.   It is a fun family game that will bring some interesting memories while you play it.

The Tantrix Discovery Game Pack contains 56 numbered tiles which can be used in 4 unique challenges:  Discovery Puzzle, Rainbow Puzzle, Tantrix Solitaire, and Tantrix Strategy Game.

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Discovery Puzzle consists in building loops of various shapes and sizes starting with tiles 1-3.  The more tiles you add, the more challenging the puzzle.  This is what we were originally introduced to.  The game can be played with up to 30 tiles.   For the purpose of this post, I decided to take only 14 tiles for the pictures.

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Once you resolve the three tiles loop, you can add a fourth one.   As you can see on the image below, the #4 is red which means that I have to make a red loop.

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The four tiles loop being completed, the fifth tile tells me that I still have to make a loop in red.

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And then the sixth tile informs me that I need to do a loop in blue the next time.

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And you pursue this pattern until you finish all the tiles you have selected for your game.  My husband tried it and was able to do up to 10 tiles which was how many I had taken out for him to try out.  He thought it was a bit too easy.  Me on the other hands I was stuck at 8 tiles.  So depending of the ability of a person to resolve problems like this it could be easy or difficult.

The bag I have received also have three other games.

Rainbow puzzle consist in splitting the tiles into five color-coded piles and form unique loops or lines of color.  The objective is to solve all the five puzzles and you would need the 56 tiles sorted into 5 piles.  For the Green tiles you will have to make a green loop with all ten tiles.   For the Yellow tiles you will have to make a yellow loop with the 12 tiles.  For the White puzzle, you will have to make a loop with all nine tiles but you have to figure out which color it will be.  The Blue puzzle will challenge you to make a 0-tile pyramid whilst building a continuous blue line that passes through all tiles of the pyramid.  Finally the Red Puzzle will challenge you to make a 15-tile pyramid whilst building a continuous red line that passes through all tiles of the pyramid.

Tantrix Solitaire requires you to make a red line or make a red loop using 14 tiles.   And finally, Tantrix Strategy Game will challenge players to form the longest line or loop.  In order to do this, you will have to develop skillful moves and a competitive spirit.

As you can see there are plenty of fun time inside this bag of tiles.   It is perfect to bring while travelling whether you are going at the beach or the campground.   It is easy to carry if you go to appointments where you know that you will have to wait a bit.  But the biggest bonus I find is that it will challenge your kids to develop quick thinking and resolve problems in order to complete the game you decide to do.

 

Disclaimer: Thanks to  Family Games America for sending me the above mentioned product for review purposes . I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

_225_350_Book.1964.coverGive Your Child the World – Raising Globally Minded Kids One Book at a Time
Written by Jamie C. Martin
Published  at Zondervan

About the book

Young children live with awe and wonder as their daily companions. But as they grow, worries often crowd out wonder. Knowing this, how can parents strengthen their kids’ love for the world so it sticks around for the long haul?

Thankfully, parents have at their fingertips a miracle vaccine—one that can boost their kids' immunity to the world’s distractions. Well-chosen stories connect us with others, even those on the other side of the globe. Build your kids’ lives on a story-solid foundation and you’ll give them armor to shield themselves from the world’s cynicism. You’ll give them confidence to persevere in the face of life’s conflicts. You’ll give them a reservoir of compassion that spills over into a lifetime of love in action.

Give Your Child the World features inspiring stories, practical suggestions, and carefully curated reading lists of the best children’s literature for each area of the globe. Reading lists are organized by region, country, and age range (ages 4-12). Each listing includes a brief description of the book, its themes, and any content of which parents should be aware.

Parents can introduce their children to the world from the comfort of home by simply opening a book together. Give Your Child the World is poised to become a bestselling family reading treasury that promotes literacy, develops a global perspective, and strengthens family bonds while increasing faith and compassion.

My Thoughts

I will honestly tell  you I did not know what to expect…  actually I thought that this book was about teaching your kids how to think globally.   But after receiving the book and taking some time to explore the pages in it, I have in awe and impressed by what I have found in  it.   Let me tell you why the book is interesting for homeschoolers.  By the way the author of this book blogs at simplehomeschool.net,  has three children with two of them being adopted and that her own home life represent four countries – England, India, Liberia, and USA.  

First of all the book is divided into two parts – one contains three chapters on Falling in Love with the World while the second section is more specifically titled Read the World.   The first chapter is essentially the life story of the author and her family – how they came to be together.  The second chapter of the book will give you some ideas on how to bring the world in your home with décor, meals, maps, study and many more ideas that will encourage you to discover the world from your home.  The third chapter of the book (and last one for the first section of the book) explains how the author has developed the story-solid foundation and how you can use books of all genre to expand your global experience of studying the world.

The second part of the book offers books ideas based on ages (4-6, 6-8, 8-10, and 10-12) on specific themes like multicultural books, Africa, Europe, Asia, Middle East, North America, Latin America, and finally Australia, Oceania, and the Polar Regions.  I am beyond ecstatic with the list of books provided within the pages of this resource.  As part of our homeschool coop we cover various units throughout the year.  For example the units we will do next year are New France, Light & Sound, Christmas in France, Renaissance, Astronomy and Oceania.   This book will allow me to select specific titles for the Christmas in France and for the Oceania units.  I couldn’t ask for a better resource in my hands.

My only disappointment is that there are no suggestions for teens in this book.   I would have liked to see books suggested for this group age.  It would have made it even more interesting for me as I have a teenager that has decided to pursue homeschool during the high school years.  Apart from that small disappointment, I find the book to be a wonderful resources for families who want to discover the world from the comfort of their home and with books that will allow them to explore specific regions of the world.

Give Your Child the World is available at your favourite bookstore, even amazon.ca and amazon.com.

  

Disclaimer: Thanks to Thomas Nelson for sending me the above mentioned product for review purposes . I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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