Book Review: What We See in the Stars by Kelsey Oseid

Beautiful books are my weakness, space books too. These two weaknesses of mine are perfectly combined in a new book by Kelsey Oseid    –“What We See in the Stars: An illustrated tour of the night  sky”. Kelsey is an American illustrator and amateur naturalist.  The book talks about the space and is breathtakingly beautiful.

The book is split into a few sections-  the one talking about the Constellations by far is the largest. I love how the author talked about origins of Constellations names. The facts about the Milky Way, the moon, the sun, the planets and other celestial bodies follow. The artwork throughout the book is stunning.

Overall impression: 5 stars for beautifully presented facts on space. My children can’t put the book down, it definitely became a treasured past of our home library.

I received this book via in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.


Board Game Review: Rewordable

I am always on a lookout for a new board game. My kids adore those that involve language. Rewordable is a project by Allison Parish, Adam Simon and Tim Szetela. It is a card game aimed at 2-8 players aged 8 and up. I thought it will be a nice addition for our homeschooling needs as well.


The rules and set up is pretty straightforward, there is a deck of cards and tokens. Three cards go into a pool and each player gets 5 cards. Words are then created and tokens received. We played half a deck at out first round and it took us about 30 minutes to get through it. It was three of us me, an adult, a 7th grader and a 4th grader. All three of us had fun making up words. It was definitely not as easy as I thought at the beginning as one gets a letter or a suffix or a syllable and has to get creative with that. My 4th grader had a bit of a trouble at first, but then got into it and had tons of fun.

Overall impression: fun and quick game, perfect for a classroom or a quick round with family and friends. Rules are easy to follow. Cards are made of a sturdy material which is nice for those little fingers that won’t stay still. I definitely recommend it.

I received this game via Blogging for Books in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.

Book Spine Poetry

April is National Poetry Month, so exciting!

Saw an awesome idea at 100 Scope Notes about creating book spines poetry. We decided to give it a try today. Kids pulled down half of a bookcase and here’s the very first cento  they came up with:

One Big Rain It's Raining Pigs and Noodles. The Cat in THe Hat Buying Mittens, The Vasa Piglet  Instruct[ion]s Blue Chicken To Fly Outside Your Window. Shapeshifters Hop on Pop, Maps  Sing a Song of Popcorn

One Big Rain
It’s Raining Pigs and Noodles.
The Cat in The Hat
Buying Mittens,
The Vasa Piglet
Blue Chicken
To Fly
Outside Your Window.
Hop on Pop,
Sing a Song of Popcorn

Quite silly, but the part about blue chicken is quite beautiful too.

Such fun game, I’m curious to see what they will come up with next.

September- week 1

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September is here! It means fall fall fall is almost here. It definitely feels like fall, there is noticeable yellow among the green, the nights are cool (oh, to snuggle under the comforter!), and the air is crisp in the morning. It rained quite a bit too.

So what have we been doing this first week?

1. School at home: We are still getting used to the rhythm , it takes us a while to get things going in the morning and sometimes we end up finishing our work deep into the afternoon. Otherwise it’s not too bad. I can’t figure out yet how to make our days more fun without sacrificing academic load. Although I question the said load every single day, they both need to be challenged, but sometimes it’s too much stress for me to get things done.

Best memory of the week: Playing soccer in an empty park Thursday morning, the air smelled so automn-y, the breeze was cool, so wonderful!


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Read and make: How to paint the portrait of a bird

On Tuesday we read one of my most favorite poems “How to Paint the Portrait of a Bird” by  Jacques Prévert. We did a little art project after reading the book.

We chose a beautiful book with illustrations by Mordicai Gerstein (published in 2007 by Roaring Brook Press) to read the poem in English first:


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