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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, and Chinese. The emphasis is to find things that are both fun and challenging.

The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is a great resource for all Shakespeare performances and Camps in the Bay Area. Great way to celebrate his 450th Birthday (very old…)
http://www.sfshakes.org

The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is a great resource for all Shakespeare performances and Camps in the Bay Area. Great way to celebrate his 450th Birthday (very old…)

http://www.sfshakes.org

The Tech Challenge is a local robotics competition hosted by the Tech Museum of San Jose is open to grades 5-12. There are 3 grade levels: Elementary: 5-6; Middle School: 7-8; High School: 9-12.
http://thetechchallenge.thetech.org

The Tech Challenge is a local robotics competition hosted by the Tech Museum of San Jose is open to grades 5-12. There are 3 grade levels: Elementary: 5-6; Middle School: 7-8; High School: 9-12.

http://thetechchallenge.thetech.org

Knowledge Encyclopedia by DK Publishing is one of the most beautifully illustrated books that covers a wide range from the origins of the universe to biology to history. Great reference guide that really grabs little kids (and adults) 

It’s great day when one discovers a Phineas & Ferb value pack in Chinese on Amazon.

It’s great day when one discovers a Phineas & Ferb value pack in Chinese on Amazon.

Arthur of Albion by John Matthews  (Author), Pavel Tatarnikov (Illustrator)

Part of the Barefoot Books that includes Robin Hood, 1001 Arabian Nights, The Adventures of Odysseus, and The Adventures of Achilles. 

Roman Diary, Egyptian Diary, Castle Diary, and Pirate Diary
These historical series are all by the same Arthur Richard Platt, and sometimes illustrated by David Parkins, sometimes by Chris Riddell (the same guy as Gullivers’ Travels).

These are diaries written by little kids during those times. i.e. A slave girl in Rome, a scribe’s son in Egypt, and a boy whose boat was captured by pirates… The illustrations are beautiful, and the books takes you to what it’s like living in those times. 

The illustrations are amazing. Just be ware to get the hardcopy, since it’s much bigger and can see the details much better than the smaller paperback.

To Be a Princess: The Fascinating Lives of Real Princesses by Hugh Brewster  (Author), Laurie McGaw (Illustrator)

Instead of reading about Disney princesses, this book covers the stories of twelve real princesses reveal what life behind the palace walls was really like.

Princess Mary and her sister Elizabeth Tutor of England
Marie Antoinette of Austria
Princess Victoria of Great Britain
Princess Ka’iulani of Hawaii 
Anastasia and her three sisters of Russia
Ayesha Devi, daughter of an Indian maharaja
Elizabeth and Margaret Rose, the two little princesses of 1930s’ Great Britain

Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998) Drew Barrymore

A more Renaissance take on Cinderella. This Cinderella is courageous and wise, and stands up for herself. It’s a bonus to see Leonardo da Vinci make her wings for the night at the Ball.

The Arabian Nights (Classics Advanced Readers) 

by Wafa Tarnowska  (Author), Carole Henaff (Illustrator)

This is the most beautifully illustrated & complete series of Arabian Nights I could find. We love the Barefoot Book series: Robin Hood, Arthur of Albion, The Adventures of Odysseus, and Adventures of Archilles.

Much Ado About Nothing (1993 Movie) is one of our favorite Shakespeare Movie of all time. It’s genuinely funny and appeals to young and old.
The movie starts with the Sigh No More poem, and it gets played as a song later in the scene. The kids enjoyed taking turns reciting it. 

Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more, Men were deceivers ever; One foot in sea, and one on shore, To one thing constant never. Then sigh not so, But let them go, And be you blith and bonny, Converting all your sounds of woe Into Hey nonny, nonny. 
Sing no more ditties, sing no mo Of dumps so dull and heavy; The fraud of men was ever so, Since summer first was leavy. Then sigh not so, But let them go, And be you blith and bonny, Converting all your sounds of woe Into Hey nonny, nonny. 
William Shakespeare

Much Ado About Nothing (1993 Movie) is one of our favorite Shakespeare Movie of all time. It’s genuinely funny and appeals to young and old.

The movie starts with the Sigh No More poem, and it gets played as a song later in the scene. The kids enjoyed taking turns reciting it. 

Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more, 
Men were deceivers ever; 
One foot in sea, and one on shore, 
To one thing constant never. 
Then sigh not so, 
But let them go, 
And be you blith and bonny, 
Converting all your sounds of woe 
Into Hey nonny, nonny. 

Sing no more ditties, sing no mo 
Of dumps so dull and heavy; 
The fraud of men was ever so, 
Since summer first was leavy. 
Then sigh not so, 
But let them go, 
And be you blith and bonny, 
Converting all your sounds of woe 
Into Hey nonny, nonny. 

William Shakespeare

Love the Pleco App. Chinese Dictionary taken to another level. The best part is that one can write on the screen, select the character and has word, sentences based on that word, along with recorded pronunciations. 
https://www.pleco.com

Love the Pleco App. Chinese Dictionary taken to another level. The best part is that one can write on the screen, select the character and has word, sentences based on that word, along with recorded pronunciations. 

https://www.pleco.com

Magic Tree House is available in Chinese. For the same price as a regular book, you get Chinese in the front and English in the back.

The TinTin series is available in Chinese on Amazon, including the Movie. My 7 year old enjoys looking at the comics while I read the text.