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.

Disney’s Frozen Video in Chinese. Also avail to buy on Amazon.

[随它吧]Official mandarin version 

Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan
Given that the author has written such a great set of series, the Greek Gods has taken the same fun, causal tone of talking about mythology that’s fun for the modern kid. An interesting contrast to D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths

Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

Given that the author has written such a great set of series, the Greek Gods has taken the same fun, causal tone of talking about mythology that’s fun for the modern kid. An interesting contrast to D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe, Illustrated by Yanai Pery

The entire poem is here, accompanied by beautiful illustrations meant to draw the interest of a younger audience. At our mother daughter book club, the girls (all 4th graders) took turns reading it. Great for Halloween.

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/

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.