Let the back to school learning begin! Kids are now in the back to school groove at this time of year and finding a bit of fun to enjoy it can be hard. DK Canada wants to help break up the ho-humness of going back to school with books that bring fun to learning! They asked my family if they could send us a few titles that would add smiles to our faces. We were excited to see how much fun we would have with these books!
Back to School Learning Fun with DK Canada
Below are the three books we received to have back to school fun at home:
- How to Be a Coder
- Smithsonian The New Children’s Encyclopedia
- One Million Things: A Visual Encyclopedia
Learning coding through crafting
My kids are great storytellers. Their imaginations come to life when they share the stories they have in their minds. How to Be a Coder makes learning code for kids easier to understand by breaking it down into smaller pieces. This allows them to take in what they are learning better. Different activities are featured to make certain aspects of coding relatable to users such as how functions work by using paper fortune tellers. Kids can then take this knowledge to build programs in Scratch 3.0.
The “Abstraction Story” section of this book helps young coders to see the big picture, then to break it down to create the basics of the program and to add details later. The instructions were so great for them to follow. They really liked seeing how to break down a story the way they are asked to by using the pictures in the comic strip. They had a blast trying this method to help them put together a fun coding program!
Finding answers through questions
Kids have so many questions about the world. We encourage them to fins some of the answers in some of the books we have around our home. Sometimes, They are not able to find the answers they are seeking.
Smithsonian The New Children’sEncyclopedia is filled with amazing facts for kids to discover through maps, diagrams, beautiful images, charts, and timelines. This title helps young readers add to their knowledge on various topics such as math, history, geography, science, politics and more!
Insects are a subject of fascination for my kids. They love watching them in our backyard while they live their lives. Both of my kids have so many questions about insects and want to know more about these animals. This title shares a lot of details about our outdoor neighbours. My kids love looking at their body parts, how their mouths vary, and the differences between a bee and a wasp. Both of my kids kept pointing and reading this part of the book. They were in awe with it and pick it up to read as much as they can.
Learning in a twisted way
Learning should be fun. Adding interesting ways to get the information across to kids is a good way to do it. One Million Things makes learning interesting by presenting them with a twist. Each topic this book tackles shares images that are sure not to bore young readers. This reference book covers subjects such as nature, science, history, the human body, technology and more.
Hands down, “Body Systems” is one of our favourite sections of this book. Not only does it lay out the major organs that make our body work, the twist is how it is presented. Each part is depicted as knitted versions of themselves. It makes seeing each of these parts less jarring and more fun to young learners. We also love how each part is described in a simple way for kids to understand well.
Having fun learning
My family had a lot of fun learning while reading with books from DK Canada. My daughter loved crafting while learning the basics of coding with How to Be a Coder. Even my kids enjoyed finding answers to the questions they have with Smithsonian The New Children’s Encyclopedia.We have a lot of fun learning with a twist with One Million Things. We are so happy to have these titles to refer to for all of the things we want to learn about. Each book adds so much fun to the learning my kids are doing during this school year.
Looking for new titles to jump into imaginative worlds? You can find more books, like my family did, on DK Canada’s website! We also connected with them on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest pages!
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Disclaimer: I received books from DK Canada to write this review. The views I share are my own.