There is something about saying hello to a new year that empowers us to make grand goals and accomplish great feats. We are encouraged to make New Year’s resolutions and commit to self-improvement. It is also the perfect time to look back on what we have accomplished and provide congratulations for noble efforts or, perhaps, suggestions for further improvement. Honest reflection on previous resolutions can provide insight into whether or not a goal needs to be more or less challenging – and if a personal goal is too challenging, why not make one with friends and family for encouragement throughout the year?
Fitness is likely to appear on many personal resolution lists for 2015, but it just so happens to be an excellent goal-building project for groups to tackle together. Make fitness a family goal by signing up for Boone County’s Fit-Tastic program at fittastic.org. The program starts with these 5 fitness basics, which are as easy as 1,2,3,4,5! Continue reading →
It’s hard to express how much I love, love, LOVE “Moo!” by David LaRochelle! But I will try.
1. I love a good laugh, and reading “Moo!” will make your whole crew chuckle. If you have a 3-year-old, there might even be floor rolling involved. Who can ignore the hilarity of a cow who “borrows” a car?
2. I adore how LaRochelle brilliantly showcases the art of emotional expression. Believe it or not you can tell a whole adventure using only one word: Moo-Moo? Moo! I find the kiddos really get into this aspect of the book if you practice being sad cows, happy cows and excited cows before you launch into the more complicated moos explored in the book.
3. I dance with excitement when a book leads to more fun! “Moo!” naturally launches into creative and educational activities. Check out LaRochelle’s website for handy activity guides, puppet patterns and more. Your friendly state librarians have also gathered ideas on the MLA award page and Pinterest board. Personally, I’m dying to write “Baa!” – the sequel to “Moo!”
Still skeptical? Grab a copy and see for yourself. And remember to help your child vote for his or her favorite Missouri Building Block Picture Book after you’ve read at least five titles.
Do you remember spending hours pouring over pages searching for Waldo? I do! Seek-and-find books are no longer just looking for a tall skinny guy in a striped shirt (although we check out plenty of those, too). We have books in which readers are asked to locate differences between two images or find small images inside full-size illustrations. We even have some seek-and-find books featuring pages with real photographs. The more books I looked for, the more I found (truly seek and find)!
One of the more charming titles I have come across is “Find Momo” by Andrew Knapp. This book is full of photos, and each photo contains a border collie named Momo for readers to find. Sound easy? Not so much. While you won’t have to go crazy looking up the answers online, you may find yourself needing a few minutes to actually find this adorable dog who enjoys playing peek-a-boo with readers. Another fun seek-and-find book is the Where’s the Meerkat series by Paul Moran. In these books you seek out a family of meerkats in a style similar to Where’s Waldo. However, in my opinion I find it easier to find a handful of meerkats (even if they are wearing sunglasses) in a crowd of humans than it ever was finding Waldo. Plus, the meerkats are just cute! Continue reading →
Dr. Priya and Dr. Albert had fun at West Boulevard Elementary’s Summer Reading assembly.
Summer vacation is not just for kids. Scientists want to go on vacation, too! Choose your favorite scientist (or two) below. Decorate your scientist, cut him or her out and take him or her on your summer adventures. Snap a picture of you and your scientist having fun together, and email us a copy of your photo. Be sure to include your scientist’s name, where you are and what you’re doing (e.g., Dr. Gadzooks and Emily riding Grandpa’s tractor in Auxvasse).
Not leaving the area? No worries! Take your scientists on local adventures. They love taking a bike ride on the MKT Trail, looking through the telescopes at Laws Observatory, checking out Devil’s Icebox at Rock Bridge State Park and just chillin’ at home under the shade tree.
We’ll display the photos of your scientist’s adventures in July at the Columbia Public Library. Where will you take your scientist?