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While homeschooling my son I’ve found that books that are fun to read are key. A few we have added in this fall are these early education books from Dawn Publishing. They all have colorful illustrations, are good practice reading, and have other educational components.
A Moon of My Own
- For Ages 4-10
- 32 Pages
- Curriculum Components: Earth and Space, Moon Phases, Geography
An adventurous young girl journeys around the world, if only in her dreams. She discovers both natural beauty and man-made wonders. And all along the way she’s accompanied by her faithful companion—the Moon. Always changing, yet always with her, the Moon remains her magical friend and loyal guide.
A Look inside:
My son loves the moon and stars. He loves watching the moon change sizes and finding it in the sky. During our lesson on S we worked on the solar system and he learned why the moon’s appearance changes.
This book is good for a beginning reader. It has cute illustrations that are very clear and easy to understand. My son enjoyed naming the animals and some objects as we read it. He liked looking at the map and seeing where they were at the end of the story (illustration is above.)
The illustrations are in color, with the animals and locations silhouetted with the exception of the beautiful Aurora Borealis. There are also facts at the end of the book and some activity ideas.
Some Free Moon Activities from Dawn Publishing include cookie moon phases, moon craters experiment and moon craters model.
Octopus Escapes Again!
- For Ages 4- 10
- 32 Pages
- Curriculum Components: Animal Adaptation, Ocean Food Chain, Cut Paper Art
Swim along with Octopus as she leaves the safety of her den to search for food. Will she eat? Or will she be eaten? She outwits dangerous enemies by using a dazzling display of defenses-clouds of ink, jet propulsion, camouflage, and more. Oh, yes, Octopus escapes again and again!
This was a fun story to read. My son loved the colorful illustrations and identifying animals he remembered from our ocean studies during the week of O. The illustrations were very clear and easy to identify. We also learned a few more facts and tidbits about the life of an octopus. I really liked that facts were easy to identify on the pages so you could add them in, or just read the story.
A Look inside:
At the end of the book is even more information on octopi, such as record holders, structure and function, intelligent antics, food chains, and suggested videos. Their is also information on the animals that tried to eat the octopus and some of the hopeful snacks.
Some Free Activities from Dawn Publishing include: Now You See Me, Now You Don’t and Take a Closer Look.
Over in the Grasslands: On an African Savanna
- For ages 3 to 8
- 32 Pages
- Curriculum Components: African Animals, Early Literacy, Counting
The African grasslands teem with classic animals. Children will “stalk” like lions, “squirt” like elephants, and “slurp” like giraffes! Plus they will count to ten and sing along to the classic tune of “Over in the Meadow” while learning about the animals of the African grasslands.
I did end up singing this book as expected after “Over in the Ocean on a Coral Reef“. However, unlike that book some of the animals in this book were not as clear and easy to identify. The elephants looked like a gray blurb from a few feet away and other than the tusks were hard to distinguish without getting closer. Other illustrations like the zebra below were very clear and easy to identify.
A Look Inside:
Written with a catchy tune this is a fun book. At the end is more information about life on the African Savanna, who are the hidden animals in the grasslands, and more about the staring animals. For the musically inclined their is the musical score and lyrics to the whole book.
Some Free Activities from Dawn Publishing include: Grassland Animal Actions, Grassland Animal Descriptions, Grassland Animals are Hiding, and Animal Memory Game.