Friday, July 22, 2016

Mike Thaler's books about SUMMER!

Check out his website: Mike Thaler

Nate the Great and the BORING BEACH BAG

Oliver's boring beach bag is gone! This

is a perfect case for Nate the Great and

his trusty dog, Sludge!

Nate the Great Books

The book, "Summer Reading is Killing ME!"


Joe, Fred, and Sam have no idea why they’ve been transported to a playground. All they know is that there’s a 250-pound chicken and it’s headed straight for them. While Joe’s racking his brains for the magic words, he suddenly has a flash of what’s going to happen next. It’s exactly like the book he just read. Turns out Fred put their summer reading list inside The Book (the magic one, that is)—and now they’re destined to spend their summer living stories that were only meant to be read. Only one thing is clear: writing a back-to-school book report will be no sweat.

Have you read this book?

What do you think about the story?

Would you like to be with Sam, Fred and Joe on their adventures?

Monday, July 18, 2016

Bedtime Math

Here is a wonderful link:

Bedtime Math

You can subscribe to Bedtime Math and get a daily problem to solve with your child(ren).
The Dolphin Sounds problem reminded me of all our dolphin lovers at MHS.
Click the link and sign up today!

Today's math problem:

Dolphin sounds

(from the Bedtime math website)

Lots of animals love to make noise, as we talked about the other day. But one of the coolest might be the dolphin. Our fan Mia G. asked, how far does a dolphin’s sound travel? (and sent this awesome drawing!) It turns out dolphins make all kinds of sounds: clicks, squeaks, whistles, and creaking noises. Bottlenose dolphins make as many as 2,000 squeaks per second; the sounds bounce off objects, telling the dolphins how far away they are. This works best within 700 feet. Along with that, dolphins make clicking sounds to talk to each other, and every dolphin makes its own special whistle sound that is different from all others’ (like fingerprints on us humans). Now the trick is to figure out what they’re saying!

Wee ones: If there are 5 dolphins in a “pod” (group) and 1 dolphin has a baby, how many dolphins are there now?
Little kids: If you get to feed the dolphins every other day starting on Sunday, what other days that week do you feed them?  Bonus: Dolphins can leap up to 15 feet in the air! How high above your head is that (if you’re standing at pool edge)? Find your height in feet!
Big kids: If 20 dolphins are dancing and every 3rd one is waving its left flipper, how many at most could be doing that? (You can pick which dolphin is the 1st waver.)  Bonus: It takes about 20 seconds to sing the ABCs. How many squeaks can a dolphin make in that time at 2,000 squeaks a second?
The sky’s the limit: If a dolphin creaks twice, whistles 3 times, then clicks 4 times, then squeaks twice again to start the pattern again, what’s the 200th sound it makes?

Friday, July 15, 2016

New Britain Museum of American Art

While visiting the NBMAA yesterday, I saw a few classes that picqued my interest. Below are two of the class descriptions that caught my eye. Are you looking for something fun to do? Check out the New Britain Museum of American Art!

Art Adventures

Mixing It Up with Mosaics! with Sarah Segovia

Negar Ahkami, Backsplash

Ages 6+ recommended
Mosaics are a wonderful way to explore elements of line, color, and shape while experiencing a unique medium! Like a puzzle, kids will utilize the medium to incorporate color with simple shape and transform the material into dreamy designs. With the help of teaching artist Sarah Segovia, students will learn to grout and piece mosaic together on flower pots and smaller objects to create iridescent and abstract objects. This exciting workshop will expose Adventurers to a unique medium and artistic techniques that are enjoyable, creative, and functional!
For program registration please contact Katherine Swanson, Studio Arts Educator, at 860-229-0257 ext. 227,


$15 Members
$25 non-Members


Tuesday, July 19, 2016 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Thursday, July 21, 2016 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Art Adventures

Cake Sculptures with Hannah Jackson

One of our many Art and Education Programs
Ages 6+ recommended
With teaching artist Hannah Jackson, Adventurers will create delightful cake sculptures using cardboard and clay. Kids will have a chance to learn a variety of clay techniques while building their sculptures, including decoration and adding color. Students can draw inspiration from their own taste buds, making a ‘cake’ good enough to eat!
For program registration please contact Katherine Swanson, Studio Arts Educator, at 860-229-0257 ext. 227,


$15 Members
$25 non-Members


Tuesday, July 26, 2016 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Thursday, July 28, 2016 10:30 am to 12:00 pm