INTRODUCING STORY TIME FROM SPACE!
Astronauts onboard the space station are reading books to children on Earth, and conducting exciting science experiments!
Story Time From Space is a completely unique, inventive, fun and FREE educational program that builds on the fantastic adventure of space flight to encourage families & students to participate in reading and science. The program interweaves two of the basic educational building blocks: reading and science to develop interest and strengthen skills in both literacy and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).
Conceived by Educational Consultant Patricia Tribe and Astronaut Alvin Drew, Story Time From Space began with Astronaut Drew reading Max Goes To The Moon from orbit during STS-133, the final mission of the Space Shuttle Discovery.
Tribe and Drew then teamed up with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space to expand the program with readings from orbit on the International Space Station.
To date, a total of five books have been written by Jeffery Bennett, the author behind the Science Adventures with Max the Dog series.
Bennett is an astrophysicist and educator who proposed the idea for and helped develop the Voyage Scale Model Solar System – the first science-based exhibit approved for permanent installation on the National Mall in Washington, DC.
Science Adventures with Max the Dog series is illustrated by renowned space artist, Michael Carroll.
Bennett was kind enough to send our family a copy of his latest book, Max Goes to the Space Station to review.
Max Goes to the Space Station follows Max on his trip to the International Space Station where he shares in the adventures of astronaut life and helps save everyone from a potential disaster along the way.
The book teaches children to see themselves and the planet in a new light and encourages readers to discover how they can help make the world a better place.
As a parent, what I enjoyed the most about Max Goes to the Space Station is the ease at which I could adjust the reading level of the book for each of my children.
Accompanying the story of how Max saves the day are numerous “Big Kid Box” sidebars that offer science facts and other pieces of fascinating information.
For Field Trip Girl, we read the story about Max visiting the International Space Center at bedtime, but we did not use the “Big Kid Box” sidebars.
Field Trip Boy on the other hand decided to read the book to himself and because he is an advance reader, he throughly enjoyed reading the additional facts about space that sparked a long conversation with mom afterwards.
Max Goes to the Space Station also offers a plethora of science activities for children in 1st – 8th grade at the end of the book.
To learn how you can help Story Time From Space share their FREE reading program with teachers and families nationwide, please visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2100761416/story-time-from-space
So tonight, cozy on up with your children and watch Astronaut Alvin Drew read Max Goes To The Moon!
Happy Field Tripping!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored review. SoCal Field Trips received a book from Big Kid Science to review. All opinions are our own. Images are used by permission.