PaloAltoParent

Welcome to the Palo Alto Parent Blog. Here I share whatever interesting materials that I came across while trying to stretches the minds of my elementary school aged kids.
The materials are a mix of Classics, History, STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math), and Chinese. The emphasis is to find things that are both fun and challenging.

The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Cilmo (Arthur) and Ruth Heller (Illustrator) is just too pretty to pass up.

Island of The Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell (Arthur) and Ted Lewin (Illustrator) is the most beautifully illustrated version of the book I could find.

This book is inspired by the real story of Juana Maria who lived in the Channel Islands for 20 years by herself and is buried at the Santa Barbara Mission cemetery. Great place to visit if one is ever in the area. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juana_Maria

Alcazar Theatre in San Francisco is a local example of Islamic architecture. Good to see after reading Arabian Nights.

650 Geary St, San Francisco

Richard Platt has done a series of wonderful children’s diaries describing what it was like for a child of a scribe in ancient Egypt, a captured slave in Rome, a squire in Medieval England, and a kid whose ship was captured by pirates in the 1700s.

The illustrations are simply amazing. The same illustrator for The Pirate’s Diary Chris Riddell also did Jonathan Swift Gulliver. Another must-read.

TEDx Stanford Saturday May 10th has a pretty impressive line-up. Free live streaming available. 
https://tedx.stanford.edu 

TEDx Stanford Saturday May 10th has a pretty impressive line-up. Free live streaming available. 

https://tedx.stanford.edu 

Maker Fair Bay Area is May 17th & 18th. It’s going to be crazy 2 days.
http://makerfaire.com/bay-area-2014/

Maker Fair Bay Area is May 17th & 18th. It’s going to be crazy 2 days.

http://makerfaire.com/bay-area-2014/

Tinkering: Kids Learn by Making Stuff by Curt Gabrielson is a great book to get started on kid (and adult) friendly projects. 
Some additional online resources:http://makermedia.comhttp://cswnetwork.org/community/projects/http://youngmakers.org/about/

Tinkering: Kids Learn by Making Stuff by Curt Gabrielson is a great book to get started on kid (and adult) friendly projects. 

Some additional online resources:
http://makermedia.com
http://cswnetwork.org/community/projects/
http://youngmakers.org/about/

Princess Kaiulani (Movie 2009) nice tie-in with her chapter in To Be A Princess: The Fascinating Lives of Real Princesses by Hugh Brewester

Princess Kaiulani (Movie 2009) nice tie-in with her chapter in To Be A Princess: The Fascinating Lives of Real Princesses by Hugh Brewester

Stanford Memorial Church, while build in the 1900s, has great Romanesque & Byzantine architecture details. 

Good place to visit after reading the Roman Diary.

Smurfs Comics in Chinese. Available via Amazon Prime.

The Smurfs Movie in Chinese (2011)

Geronimo Stilton chapter books also available in Chinese via Amazon Prime shipping.

Geronimo Stilton Comics in Chinese now available via Amazon Prime shipping.

Afantic Comic (Chinese Edition) 1-3

Afanti is a very clever cheeky guy from 13th century modern day Turkey. He’s always getting into jams and uses his wits to get out. He’s not above making fun of the Sultan and his advisors.