It is that time of year - the time of year where I start to make solid decisions for my children's curriculum for next year. The bigger kids are pretty easy as they are now both in high school and have to pretty much check off boxes. So that leaves me with the littlest school-aged kid. He is starting kindergarten in the fall officially but really we've been at it for a few months and will be working through the summer. So I wanted to add more learning than just reading, writing and math. The biggest concern was I wanted something interesting and something fun. Then I was sent Animal Planet's Animal Bites 4 book series.
Well designed for a younger crowd, colorful tabs identify each section, while bite-sized sidebars, illustrated maps, and the handy glossary highlight the stellar photos that encourage kids to navigate the world of animals that may not live right in their backyard. Two new books - Farm Animals and Wild Animals join with Polar Animals and Ocean Animals to make a great series.
- Meet Animals Up Close
- Stunning Colorful Photos
- Learn about habitats
- See how animals survive
- Common and Uncommon Animals
- Short bite sized bits of information
- Arranged thematically with focus on animal behavior and family relationships, young readers will explore sections about animal bodies, baby animals, food, play time, conservation and more.
Animal Planet Animal Bites: Farm Animals -
More than 200 gorgeous animal photos of cows, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, llamas, and many others, Animal Planet Farm Animals is a fun, habitat-by-habitat guide that provides kids in the first years of schooling with the perfect bite-sized view of their favorite farm animals.
Animal Planet Animal Bites: Wild Animals -
Featuring more than 200 gorgeous animal photos of lions, giraffes, ibexes, flamingos, hippopotamuses, and many others, Animal Planet Wild Animals is a fun, habitat-by-habitat guide that provides kids in the first years of schooling with the perfect bite-sized view of their favorite wild animals.
Animal Planet Animal Bites: Ocean Animals -
With more than 200 gorgeous animal photos of sharks, whales, clown fish, jelly fish, dolphins, and others, Animal Planet Ocean Animals is a fun, habitat-by-habitat guide that provides kids in the first years of schooling with the perfect bite-sized view of their favorite ocean-dwelling animals.
Animal Planet Animal Bites: Polar Animals -
More than 200 gorgeous animal photos of penguins, polar bears, sea lions, walruses, reindeer and others, Animal Planet Polar Animals is a fun, habitat-by-habitat guide that provides kids in the first years of schooling with the perfect bite-sized view of their favorite animals living in both polar climates.
*FREE* Printable Fun Fact Cards for each of the four books -----> HERE
Thoughts and How We Will Use this:
So my plan for these books is to use them as a unit study. I have printed up the Fun Fact Cards for my guy so he can have them as sort of trading cards as he progresses through the book. I also printed a bunch of pages from notebookingpages.com for him - the plan is to use them as coloring and drawing pages to make a big notebook of animals. I also will be using the Animal Planet Animal Atlas (review coming soon!) along with these books. I think the combination of all of this will make for a great unit study on animal and will be a whole lot of fun to study.
I think you are catching on that I love these books! I really do. The bright colorful pictures are beautiful. I also really appreciate that all the information is in small increments and broken up all through out the books. It is perfect for short attention spans of little kids. These books have lots of familiar animals like giraffes, chickens and bears but it also included some additional species that are not as common like meerkats, bald eagles and hereford cattle. Any animal enthusiast will enjoy these books. For those of you non-homeschoolers these books would be great for summer reading too. I know I like to keep a bin of books readily available for my kids to grab and I think this set would be a great addition.
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