Book Reviews - The Struggle Bus or a Great Book Journey?

I read. A. Lot. Like everyday. And I purely love a book that keeps me reading for a long time.

When I have to work at reading a book I give up on it quickly. I have one of those on my shelf right now. Should I try harder? I will let you know soon what the book is and you can help me get off the struggle bus!

In the meantime, I have some treats for you this month- books that kept me reading and reading.

Book Reviews! Five books that you will love!


A Little Help with STEM at Home

Have you seen the STEM Kits that are available these days? So many of these will get your young engineers started with some STEM activities and explorations-- very much like the STEM Challenges we complete in the classroom every day. 

The thing is- these are kits that have everything you need already in them! All the materials, instructions, and photos you will need. These would make great gifts for your engineers to keep them building and designing and thinking.

STEM Kit ideas for your youngest engineers. These are things that can be completed at home!
I thought it might be fun to share some STEM Projects we have completed and compare them to kits you can purchase!


Blimy, but That Fish was Slimy- A Pirate Book for a STEM Challenge

"Blimy, but that fish was slimy..."
Just imagine the giggles you will get with this one. First and second graders love the words and will repeat them with you as you read them over and over. Stay tuned for the book this came from and take a look at the amazing STEM challenge created with pirate books as the inspiration!
STEM Challenge using a pirate book as inspiration. First and second graders build a treasure box.

It's Looking a Lot Like Christmas in the STEM Lab!

It's looking a lot like Christmas- even here in a state that rarely sees snow! We still decorate and hang lights and enjoy Christmas crafts and stories and STEM Challenges all about Christmas.

This is going to be a quick post just to remind you that we have tried some spectacular Christmas STEM Challenges and these have appeared on my blog in the past.

Take a look:
STEM Challenges for Christmas! Four amazing challenges that all feature a Christmas theme!

Easy, Engaging Sporting Events in the STEM Lab!

Ready for some truth? About a year ago I was looking for ideas for Thanksgiving STEM projects to complete a STEM  by the Month series.

Everything I found was about turkeys and Pilgrims and the Mayflower. It also really looked like those topics were covered! I wanted something different. And, I really wanted some seasonal (Fall) STEM projects to be versatile enough to use at other times of the year. You are not likely to need turkeys in May...but if that is what you are looking for I will give you some links later.

Then something lovely happened. I noticed that the end of October is just jam-packed full of sporting events. What if we tried some Sports related challenges. What sports are going on in the Fall? Football, basketball, and soccer. BAM! A new seasonal packet was born! (And, yes, you can use these sporting events all year long!)

STEM Sports Challenges! Three events using football, basketball, and soccer. Such fun!

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