Helping Your Preschooler Learn to Read

Shining Stars Preschoolers Get Ready to Read

The National Institute for Literacy has an excellent little nine page booklet for parents who want to help their young ones to a head start in learning how to read.

Shining Stars Preschoolers Get Ready to Read is a perceptive source of good advice for parents. You’ll find a copy available on the Kansas Reads to Preschoolers website. You’ll also find a quick one-page summary of Tips for Reading With Your Children there, along with a variety of other resources.

And don’t forget to bring your child by the library on November 17th for Wiggle author Doreen Cronin’s visit.

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Wiggle Author To Visit Library


The Haysville Community Library is one of just four libraries in the state of Kansas that will host children’s author Doreen Cronin on her visit to introduce preschoolers to Wiggle, this year’s choice for Kansas Reads to Preschoolers featured book.

She’ll be here in the children’s section to read Wiggle and meet with children and parents on November 17th at 10 am. We’re delighted that she’ll be visiting here in Haysville, and hope that you can bring your child to join in the learning and the fun.

Every year, the Kansas Center for the Book at the State Library of Kansas promotes the importance of reading to Kansas preschoolers and other youth by sponsoring one book through Kansas Reads to Preschoolers.

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Planetary Sciences Conclave

Jupiter & 3 Moons (HST)

Jupiter & 3 Moons (HST)

“. . . although our Earth is silicon-rich, other earths may instead be carbon-rich, like giant versions of carbon-rich asteroids and comets. Rather than silicate rocks, they’d have carbonaceous ones. In fact, [Jade] Bond [of the University of Arizona] suggests that such Earths may be the majority: most stars with planets contain proportionately more carbon than our sun does. Yet scientists have barely begun to think about how their geology would differ. ‘No one has looked at it,’ Bond says.”

Reporting each day for Scientific American, George Musser has relayed five brief but interesting updates on the proceedings of the American Astronomical Society’s Division of Planetary Sciences last week in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. The first update included Bond’s discussion of exoplanet characteristics from the which the preceding quote was excerpted, along with a review of Jupiter’s atmosphere, an update on Messenger’s most recent flyby of Mercury, and the geology of Saturn’s remarkable moon Titan.

The second update focused entirely upon undulations recently discovered in Saturn’s C ring – a more important discovery, perhaps, than the far more publicized discovery of Saturn’s new ring (Look here and
here for more about that.). You’ll find a more extensive discussion of the perturbation of Saturn’s rings What Shook Up Saturn’s Rings? in New Scientist.

Update three discussed planetary bombardments and asteroids, update four the LCROSS lunar impact and planetary formation, while update five concentrated on the unusual characteristics of Quaoar, the Kuiper Belt object discovered in 2002. Much further than Pluto (about 42 Astronomical Units from the sun), Quaoar has a greater density and a much less eccentric orbit. Why?

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Galactic Merger

Colliding Spiral Galaxies Form NGC 2623 (Hubble Space Telescope)

Colliding Galaxies Form NGC 2623 (Hubble Space Telescope)

Two hundred fifty million light years away, two spiral galaxies have collided and are merging to create NGC 2623 (aka Arp 243). In the process, huge numbers of new stars are being forged in more than a hundred massive clusters.

For more about this image and the observations which led to it, see the European homepage for the Hubble Space Telescope.

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