Jupiter Elementary Activity Book: Space and Shapes
We got the opportunity to review this wonderful book: Jupiter Elementary for Multicultural Children’s Book Day. For me personally it was quite the challenge because we don’t like coloring and activity books so I was hesitant to present it to my children. We recently started watching Star Trek and that was an opening to introduce this book. Surprisingly the multi-cultural characters: Tobias, Valentina, Adi, Mala, and Zaiwei, in this book spoke to my children’s imagination. Who wouldn’t want to go to school on one of Jupiter’s Moons right?! This book is so much more than a coloring book.
Come to Jupiter Elementary!
The book presents a lot of learning opportunities and we had some big juicy conversations. We touched subjects like:
Culture: We talked about culture, because the students were wearing different clothes. Where were they from? What makes a culture? What makes our culture? When we are different, can that affect our friendship? And of course we discussed food. What are typical dishes in the USA or Sweden for instance. It is such a great way to learn about a country by exploring the food.
Math: We talked about math because the book has a lot of sudoku puzzles in there. And my kids love to solve those. They ended up trying to make their own, which was really interesting. What makes a good sudoku? We haven’t figured it out yet. But they did got inspired to play the Möbi Game as well. More on that in another post.
Geography: We talked about geography because where were the students from? And we realized that people from different countries might have very different names. Names that we might not even be able to pronounce. We colored the flags from Tobias, Valentina, Adi, Mala, and Zaiwei home countries and we looked up their countries on the map. I love to travel the world with my kids, without having to pack. I love it when books give you that gift.
Critical thinking: We gave our brains a good workout. There are mazes in the book. Tobias, Valentina, Adi, Mala, and Zaiwei, became my kids friends, because we learned so much about their culture. And it was so fun to see that my kids loved to solve the mazes. It reminded them of the corn mazes at the pumpkin patches we visit in October, but now their friends from Jupiter Elementary were in need. Their imagination was hard at work and stories formed in their minds. The fun part was that every Friday we have a free write moment, we follow the Brave Writer Lifestyle, and since we started this book, a lot of their free writes were about Jupiter Elementary.
Our future: Spending time at Jupiter Elementary, on one of Jupiter’s Moons, being an astronaut became an option for the future and we had a big juicy conversation about it. What DO you want to be? One of my kids mentioned that he actually dislikes that question because when he answered it last year, someone told him that what he wanted was impossible. We ended up settling that EVERYTHING is possible when you have imagination, creativity and perseverance. Remember the Indominus Rex? Nobody even knew about that one and someone made it up and now it exists. Not in the real world, but it does exists on screen. So I told my kids that anything is possible, because we have screens. They can CREATE anything. So far that big juicy conversation about the future.
Games: We played games. I made multiple copies of a maze in the book and we would see who could solve it the fastest. The same with the sudokus.
Science: We explored the solar system. Jupiter Elementary is located on one of Jupiter’s Moons, but where was it exactly? So we made a model of the Sun and the surrounding planets and the Moon and we ended with a trip to the Science Museum.
I can say, we had a LOT of fun with this book.
Thank you Dani Dixon for letting us experience and review your book!
About Multicultural Children’s Book Day
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018 (1/27/18) is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.
Current Sponsors: MCBD 2018 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board.
2018 MCBD Medallion Sponsors
PLATINUM: Scholastic Book Clubs
BRONZE: Barefoot Books, Carole P. Roman, Charlesbridge Publishing, Dr. Crystal Bowe, Gokul! World, Green Kids Club, Gwen Jackson, Jacqueline Woodson, Juan J. Guerra, Language Lizard, Lee & Low Books, RhymeTime Storybooks, Sanya Whittaker Gragg, TimTimTom Books, WaterBrook & Multnomah, Wisdom Tales Press
2018 Author Sponsors
Author Janet Balletta, Author Susan Bernardo, Author Carmen Bernier-Grand, Author Tasheba Berry-McLaren and Space2Launch, Bollywood Groove Books, Author Anne Broyles, Author Kathleen Burkinshaw, Author Eugenia Chu, Author Lesa Cline-Ransome, Author Medeia Cohan and Shade 7 Publishing, Desi Babies, Author Dani Dixon and Tumble Creek Press, Author Judy Dodge Cummings, Author D.G. Driver, Author Nicole Fenner and Sister Girl Publishing, Debbi Michiko Florence, Author Josh Funk, Author Maria Gianferrari, Author Daphnie Glenn, Globe Smart Kids, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, Author Quentin Holmes, Author Esther Iverem, Jennifer Joseph: Alphabet Oddities, Author Kizzie Jones, Author Faith L Justice , Author P.J. LaRue and MysticPrincesses.com, Author Karen Leggett Abouraya, Author Sylvia Liu, Author Sherri Maret, Author Melissa Martin Ph.D., Author Lesli Mitchell, Pinky Mukhi and We Are One, Author Miranda Paul, Author Carlotta Penn, Real Dads Read, Greg Ransom, Author Sandra L. Richards, RealMVPKids Author Andrea Scott, Alva Sachs and Three Wishes Publishing, Shelly Bean the Sports Queen, Author Sarah Stevenson, Author Gayle H. Swift Author Elsa Takaoka, Author Christine Taylor-Butler, Nicholette Thomas and MFL Publishing Author Andrea Y. Wang, Author Jane Whittingham Author Natasha Yim
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