The older and the farther removed from school I am, the more I feel like my intelligence is diminishing. It seems like the busyness of life crowds out the information that isn’t immediately necessary to get through the day. Things like the capital of Zimbabwe and how to use the Pythagorean Theorem. When I saw these books at Costco today, I found a well of excitement bubbling up within me. (Yes, I get excited over the strangest things.) I have always felt that many things can be self-taught, and since a teen, I would buy a book and endeavor to learn a new skill.
Color Yourself Smart: Geography by Dan Cowling is essentially a coloring book for adults, offering a visual method of learning. There are 52 plates to color which aid in comprehension and retention of facts. The book doesn’t just teach you countries and capitals, but also covers geography, political, social studies (population density/change, wealth and technology distribution), and environmental impacts. It includes 8 studio-quality Faber-Castell colored pencils, an eraser and a sharpener. I can’t wait to dig into this book and expand my knowledge of the world.
The Big Book of Essential Knowledge is a collection of three books in one: I Used to Know That, Spilling the Beans on the Cat’s Pajamas, and E=MC². It’s like a crash course in high school: literature, history, math, science, and geography. The second book in the collection, Spilling the Beans on the Cat’s Pajamas, explains euphemisms that you have heard dozens of times but never knew the origin behind them. E=MC² explains physics in easy-to-understand language and is illustrated by amusing examples.
Now if that doesn’t sound like fun, I don’t know what does! Excuse me, my nerdy is showing.
What do you do to keep your mind sharp and brain stimulated?
NOTE: This is not a sponsored review and I was not compensated in any way for this blog entry.
Who is Champuru?Aloha, I'm Donna, known everywhere on the Internet as "Champuru." I was born and raised in Hawaii. I'm a Christian. I'm married to my best friend of 18 years, we struggled with infertility and successfully conceived via IVF (and by the grace of God!) in 2008. I resigned from my coveted "secure" government job to be a work-at-home mom to my 3-year-old daughter. Using my degree in Information Technology and the skills obtained in the marketplace, I started my own business. Now, I work from home, taking clients on a part-time basis, working in my PJ's while the little one sleeps. Life isn't always easy, but it's all good.