The list author says: "We are interested helping our children grow into thoughtful and creative adults who know a lot about the world. This is what we've come up with for learning activities for our 3 and 5 year old.
Most of the fiction and nonfiction reading that we'll be doing this summer will be checked out of the library."
"This book has wonderful ideas for luring wildlife into your garden and yard- whether you want butterflies, bees, toads and ladybugs, or bats and owls. Most of the crafts can be made with things that you already have around your house or yard, but the things you have to buy are very inexpensive. Wonderful ideas- my children love using this!"
"This book talks about the importance of reading to your children daily even after they are reading by themselves. It's not quite an activity book, but it's such a convincing book, that I recommend reading it because then you will not forget to always take the time to read to your child."
"My older daughter is just learning to read, and these are building her confidence. These books are very well developed. Readers have to read every word on their own, and they can't correctly guess what the words say just by looking at the illustrations."
"My mother always used to tell me to "look it up" when I asked her what a word meant. It seemed like such a chore. We bought this so that when our daughters ask what a word means we can look it up together."
"I remember in junior high my teachers were shocked that we didn't know that scientific "room temperature" is considered to be 75 degrees Fahrenheit. I thought our girls should understand what the weather will feel like when the weatherman predicts a high of 30 or 40 or 50... or 90 for the day. They should also be familiar with celcius temperatures."
"This is a wonderful book about the history of the world. The entire book is arranged as one giant time line. It's a very interesting book and a great starting point to talk about the earth's history. We can check out books from the library when we want to learn more about specific topics from this book."
"This book is one that we will use more as the girls get older. It has wonderful ideas for how to use different media (paint, pastels, tissue paper, crayons, ink, etc). Some we can easily do now, some we won't be able to appreciate the full effect even if we were to try the technique until our children are more skilled."
"This is a great book. It is chock-full of ideas for teaching so many subjects- it has so many different types of recommendations- games, home learning kits, books, novels... it is very thorough- still writing this blip"
"This is a great book. Although, I have to admit, I haven't read the whole thing. I got the gist and moved on. I loved what it said about children playing more creatively outside when they have woods and plants to play around - rather than swing sets. I think some playground developers are starting to use that thought for more interesting playgrounds."