Poppins Book Nook: To the Laboratory!

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This month, the Poppins Book Nook theme is one of my family’s favorite:  “To the Laboratory!”  Since we love science in most forms, this is a fabulous category for us.  I’d like to share two wonderful books with you that we’ve used recently.

There are many, many scientists throughout the ages who’ve made an enormous impact on our world, and our understanding of science today.  From Aristotle and Hippocrates; to Galileo, Kepler and Pascal; to Linnaeus, Faraday and Mendel; to Edison, Einstein and Watson, history is populated with men and women who’ve had questions they wanted answered, and who sought for those answers until discovery came.  And, they provided knowledge we rely on today!

a Fall 2014 458John Hudson Tiner’s //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=qf_sp_asin_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=finchnwrencom-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=0912517395&asins=0912517395&linkId=Z4IY2T57TFPHJOQX&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>100 Scientists Who Shaped World History is an interesting, succinct book which devotes a timeline and a page to 100 scientists who helped make science what it is.  From measurements, to chemistry, to microbiology, to physics and more, Tiner’s book includes a brief bio and photograph (or portrait) on each scientist, then relates the discoveries that scientist is famous for.  I originally checked this book out from the library because we were studying Dmitri Mendeleyev and the periodic table, but there is so much more in this book that we’re devoting more time to it!

a Fall 2014 460The second book we’ve enjoyed this month is an excellent complement to Tiner’s scientist biographies.  By Simon Basher and Adrian Dingle, //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ac&ref=tf_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=finchnwrencom-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=0753460858&asins=0753460858&linkId=S64ZDAYCJGAPBHBF&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>THE PERIODIC TABLE Elements with Style! is not only the Periodic Table’s perfect first introduction to a child, it’s a fascinating, memorable and colorful resource for any student.  Each element “introduces” itself in first person, as if it were a person speaking to the reader.  It then details what makes it special or unusual.  The elements are organized in the book according to their categories (i.e., transition metals, alkali metals, noble gases, etc.).  It is a VERY fun book, and helps make the Periodic Table of the Elements even more understandable.a Fall 2014 461

After you’ve read these, you’ll definitely want to select some scientific experiments to do, or find ways to learn more about the Periodic Table!  Here are some websites we’ve most enjoyed!  (As always, view these sites with your child.  We never know when things can change on the Internet!)

  • Ptable has an interactive Periodic Table which can be viewed in 5 technical categories:  Wikipedia, Properties, Orbitals, Isotopes and Compounds.  Simply click on the various tabs and you’ll be able to learn more about any of the elements.  (This is definitely for more advanced students….but it is interesting even for younger ones!)
  • WebElements Periodic Table is another online viewing option.  This is slightly more accessible for younger kiddos.  It includes free printable tables for students.
  • The UK’s University of Nottingham has a pretty incredible website called The Periodic Table of Videos.  We haven’t watched all of them, but if you click on an element from the Periodic Table, you’ll get to watch a short video about the element, its uses and sometimes how explosively it can react!  We have loved this but, again, I haven’t previewed all of the elements.  So be sure you watch these with your kiddo!

And now…for the giveaway of the month!


Ultimate Gruffalo GiveawayUltimate Gruffalo Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky entrant will win the Ultimate Gruffalo Giveaway. The winner will enjoy twice the magical enchantment in the double feature of The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child! The beautifully animated films based on the best-selling books are now together on DVD from NCircle Entertainment! And the fun doesn’t stop there as they will also win a storybook of the Gruffalo and Gruffalo themed plush too!

Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside in a country that receives U.S. Postal mail. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook and this month’s prize bundle will be sent to the winner directly from this month’s sponsor NCircle Entertainment. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom’s disclosures found here {http://enchantedhomeschoolingmom.org/disclosures/}.  Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win:

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Don’t forget to visit my Poppins Book Nook co-hosts, to discover what kinds of cool science books they have to share this month!

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God’s Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy’s Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~ Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ Laugh and Learn ~ A Mommy’s Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ The Kennedy Adventures ~ Ever After in the Woods ~ Golden Grasses ~ Our Simple Kinda Life ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Simplicity Breeds Happiness ~ Raventhreads ~ Water on the Floor ~ Learning Fundamentals ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~ Where Imagination Grows ~ Lextin Academy ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ Mom’s Heart ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ Suncoast Momma ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A “Peace” of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am ~ eLeMeNo-P Kids ~ Simple Living Mama

And don’t forget to join us next month, for a Poppins Book Nook on poetry!

Enjoy!  Wren


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