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Smithsonian Everything You Need to Know: Grades 2-3

Smithsonian Everything You Need to Know: Grades 2-3

Spring 2015 Doing & Learning
Ages: 7 & Up
ISBN: 978-1626863118
Hardcover Price: $19.95
Review:

Scientific studies show that something called "spaced repetition," or repeated exposure to information, can be one of the most powerful ways to embed information in your memory. And that's one reason why, even in this age of fancy and high-tech digital learning, old-fashioned flash cards continue to offer an effective learning alternative to the classroom textbook and other resources.

Collaborating with the Smithsonian Institution, Printer Row Publishing has created a handsome, high-quality, brick-like box of 275 educational flash cards targeting grades 2-3. The cards are categorized, including topics from Geography and The Human Body to Dinosaurs and United States Past and Present. So how do fossils form? Do flying fish really fly? What is the Great Barrier Reef? And which U.S. president is the only president born on the Fourth of July?

Trivia lovers of any age will be engaged by this box of knowledge. But more importantly, young second and third graders will be fascinated by the beautiful images and photos on each card, and the succinct knowledge byte on the opposite side. And there's the upside of a learning tool like this that can easily include a parent and a child.

Don Oldenburg   ©2015 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.


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