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Hello!

I just uploaded a video that has excerpts of a lesson I taught at the beginning of the month. Some bonus worksheets and lesson plans to accompany the activity are attached here.

And a quick update:

SCHOOL VISITS

I had a great experience sharing science with the 4th and 5th graders at Wolf Elementary yesterday. So far this school year, I've taught 75 science lessons as a volunteer in 10 different schools across the Las Vegas area. That translates to just over 40 hours of engaging science teaching in the classroom setting. This would not have been possible without your support. Thank you! 

BOOKS

I'm working hard to complete more Science Mom books, and to convert the current 5.5" x 4.25" inch books to a larger 8.5" x 11" size format. And as I make the change in format, I can't help myself from adding more content... so, it's taking me a bit longer to get these books published than I thought. The drawing is very time intensive, so my "next week I'll be finished" tends to turn into a solid month of work... but I'm continuing to make progress!

BOOK SALES

Have you ever wondered how many books authors sell at school visits? Here are my largest and smallest book orders to date:

Largest book order: 71 books. This was at Mitchell (grades K-2) and King (grades 3-5), the schools where I've been volunteering and teaching Science Mom lessons for over 5 years. (Nearly 1 in 10 students ordered books).

Smallest book order: 6 books. (1 in 50 kids ordered books)

I'm just 20 books away now from breaking even (where I'll have earned as much in book sales as I spent printing them). Woo woo!

BALANCE

A few weeks ago my 7 year old daughter gave me a report card with just two categories: "Science Videos," and "Spending time with kids." She marked me "A" for the videos, and "F" for time with kids. Moments like that are a bit of a punch in the parental gut, and I decided to start the tradition of "game time" when the kids get home from school. So each afternoon when they come home, we sit at the table and play a game -- any game they want as long as it doesn't involve a screen or electronics. Their schools end at slightly staggared times, so it ends up being about 15 to 25 minutes of one-on-one playtime with each of them, and it's been really nice to stop and play a board game together each day. Favorite games from this month have been Chess, FITS (Fill In The Spaces), and Mastermind.

I hope you are enjoy a wonderful thanksgiving vacation this next week!

All the best,

Science Mom