You can now link to our Amazon products for affiliate sales

As of today all of our My Rockin’ Collection Junior and Deluxe kits are available for sale on Amazon. By October 1, 2014 all of our Rock Detectives and Rock Cycle kit will be live as well. Now, you can promote our kits and profit too! If you are an Amazon affiliate, you can add our products to your website or blog and then any time your customer or reader purchases one of our kits, you get a percentage of the sale.

If you have questions, just let us know and we are happy to answer any questions about our products or how to become an amazon affiliate. To find our products, just go to Amazon and search for Mini Me Geology. You can also click here to find our list.

 

 

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What can we answer for you?

Every week we try to find interesting tidbits on geology and science education to tell you about on our blog and appreciate all of the emails we get to our site about the topics we choose. As we embark on a new school year and fall season, we want to know what you want to know more about? Are you a teacher and looking for ideas on how to teach geology concepts to your students, are you a home school family trying to find experiment ideas, or are you a parent looking for fun rock and mineral kits to give your kids as a gift? No matter what you are looking for, we want to hear from you. You can leave your comments below or email us directly at rockinfo@minimegeology.com.

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New Video: How to Focus Your Hand Lens / Hand Magnifier

This week’s video was really fun to shoot except that I kept messing up the word MAG-NA-FA-CA-TION. I finally got it!

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4 Tips to Make Your Kids Love Science with My Rockin Collection Rock & Mineral Kits

Rock and mineral kits are a beloved childhood toy. From our youngest geologists who pick up random rocks on the playground to older kids who explore outcrops in the woods, geology fascinates kids of all ages (and lots of adults too). Parents can use rock and mineral kits to elevate science in their kids minds and to promote other skills such as logical thinking and deductive reasoning in older kids and classifying and sorting in younger children.

Tip #1: Make Identification a Game
The My Rockin’ Collection Rock & Mineral deluxe kits have identification cards or an identification brochure (mineral kit) that has all of the information that you need to identify each or your samples. The name of each sample is below the foam in each slot but you can make the identification a game by having your kids try to identify the samples using the identification information before they look under the foam.

Tip #2: Use Deductive Reasoning to Find the Rock or Mineral Name
The Dig Into Geology section on the Mini Me Geology website has identification flow charts that you can download for each of the My Rockin’ Collection kits. Like the identification cards/brochure, the flow chart will help you kids identify their samples but in a different way. The flow charts move from left to right across the page and allow kids to discover the name of their sample using a variety of observations and tests. The flow charts also have pictures of the rocks and minerals so that the children can check their answers. The activities involved in identifying the samples will help develop logical thinking and deductive reasoning skills.

Tip #3: Allow Younger Kids to Develop Sorting and Classifying Skills
Younger children can benefit from using the rocks and minerals in the kits by sorting the samples. The identification flow charts will help you direct the kids with sorting exercises. The flow charts group the samples according to colors and textures that make it easy for younger children to follow. You can also encourage kids to come up with their own sorting groups based on anything that they observe as being different or similar.

Tip #4: Develop Ideas for Science Fair Projects
Encourage kids to develop ideas for science projects by examining the similarities between the rocks and minerals. What questions do they have that a science project can answer? Why do some rocks float while some sink? Why do some rocks seem to soak up water while others do not? Kids have endless curiosity so allow them to explore that by making lists of questions that they could turn into a school science project.

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Piper reviews the Colossal Rock and Mineral Kit

This week Piper reviews our Colossal Rock and Mineral Kit. She tells you a little about the kit, her favorite samples from the kit and does a little dance for you! Goofy girl!!

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Home School Families Benefit by Being Rock Detectives

Teaching geology in a home school setting can be challenging for several reasons. Many home school curricula are faith-based and do not discuss geology at all because of the geological time scale. Others alter some of the facts about the science to fit their beliefs. I am often asked the question, “can home school teaching include lessons in geology without having to discuss the timeline or the origin of the Earth.” The answer is a resounding YES.

One of the best aspects about geology as a science is that there are so many areas to study. All kids should have a basic understanding of rocks and minerals. By understanding the difference in rocks and minerals and how minerals go together to make rocks, children will understand a little about the Earth’s crust and what they see below their feet. A fun and easy way for home school families to incorporate these types of lessons into their curriculum is to use the Rock Detectives kits from Mini Me Geology.

The Rock Detectives are a series of six rock and mineral kits. Each kit has 6 or 7 samples, a hand magnified to view the samples close up and a CD containing an eBook with 30 full color pages that includes rock and mineral information, sample identification activities, puzzles, coloring pages, experiments, an adventure story writing exercise for your geology detective, and activities including making a personal geologist’s field notebook and your very own rock collection box. The Rock Detectives kits are designed for kids age six to 12 because of the variety of coloring pages and puzzles aimed at younger children. However, the activities involving identifying the rock and mineral samples are applicable to any age group.

While some of the Rock Detectives eBooks do contain a geologic timeline, the scale is not needed for any of the activities in the kits and is easily omitted from lessons for families that prefer not to engage in a timeline discussion.

When you plan your home school lessons, you can choose which kit(s) you would like to study. In the series, there are three kits that focus on minerals (Mineral Mission, Crystal Experiments and Crystal Geometry) and three kits that focus on rocks (Sedimentary Sleuthing, Igneous Investigation and Metamorphic Mystery). You can use all of the kits in the series together or separately. Choose the kits based on your child’s interest. Minerals are the building blocks of all rocks, sedimentary rocks form in deserts and water bodies, igneous rocks form from volcanoes while metamorphic rocks are rocks that were transformed from one type to another.

If you have questions about incorporating the Rock Detectives kits into your home school curriculum, contact our owner and Professional Geologist, Tracy Barnhart at tracyb@minimegeology.com.

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Piper’s Review of our Rock & Mineral Coloring & Activity Book

Piper is back with an all new video. This time she tells you a little bit about Mini Me Geology’s Rock & Mineral Coloring & Activity Book. Someday I’m going to post a video of all of her antics between takes. She is so funny in front of the camera!

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We are expanding!

We are expanding this fall. Next week, our products will starts showing up on Amazon. These are the same great rock and mineral kits that you get from our website, but you can have them shipped directly from Amazon along with all of your other favorite items. The first kits to join the Amazon site will be our My Rockin’ Collection Junior kits. Look for our other great kits to join them in the coming weeks.

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I was a guest on the Writing for Kids podcast with Alexandra Amor

This week, I was a guest on the Writing for Kids podcast with Alexandra Amor. She is a Canada-based children’s author. I really like her podcast because she talks with some great writers who give fascinating tips and insights into the world of writing and publishing.

Alexandra and I had a great time talking about writing and books. I truly thank her for allowing me to be on her show and I hope you all go listen to the podcast interview here. You can find all of her episodes here.

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Throw a Rock and Mineral Birthday Party for Your Kids with This Party Plan

Is your little one having a birthday? Do they love rocks and minerals? Then throw them a Rock Detectives Geology Party!  This party idea is based on Mini Me Geology’s Rock Detectives line of kits to give your child and their guests hours of fun.

Below you will find a Rock Detectives Birthday Party Plan that will help you design a party full of rock and mineral identification activities, geode cracking, panning for minerals and storage box creation. Throwing a party is simple, choose the Rock Detectives kit that you want to use as the theme for the party and rock and fossil packs for each activity.  Your child can go on a Mineral Mission, learn about Metamorphic Mysteries, become a Sedimentary Sleuth or solve an Igneous Investigation. You can also design your party around our Crystal Geometry or Crystal Experiments kits.

All rock and mineral birthday party orders over $200 receives a free Rock Detectives Birthday Party CD with instructions for panning, geode cracking, storage box creation, and rock bingo as well as invitations to send to your guests! You can purchase the CD separately for only $9.99 if you simply need ideas for your big day.  In addition to the activities on the party CD, each Rock Detectives Kit comes with its own CD with activities, puzzles and experiments. All 8 packs of the Rock Detectives kits comes with a free parent CD so that you can print and prepare the activities, puzzles, and experiments from the kit before your guests arrive.


ROCK DETECTIVES PARTY PLAN

Activity #1:  Arrival Puzzles & Coloring Pages

Each party pack of Rock Detectives kits comes with a free parent CD so that you can print and prepare the party activities from the kits before the kids arrive. Each kit has word puzzles, mazes and coloring pages that you can give to your party guests to occupy them as other guests arrive.

Activity #2:  Create-Your-Own Rock Storage Box

A good geologist always has a way to carry their samples. Create fun storage boxes out of inexpensive items from around your house. Instructions are provided on the Rock Detectives Party CD.

Activity #3:  Sample Identity Detection

Print the sample identification and activity pages from the free Rock Detectives parent CD and let your party guests follow the clues to identify the name of each sample in their Rock Detectives kit. Each kit comes with a hand magnifier to help see the details!

Activity #4:  Panning for Rocks, Minerals & Fossils

Provide each guest a bucket of prepared mixture of sand, rocks, minerals and fossils. Use sand sieves or homemade panning equipment to find the hidden treasures like real geologists do! Instructions are provided on the Rock Detectives Party CD.

Activity #5:  Geode Cracking

All good geologists break open rocks to see the inside. Kids love to crack open large geodes to see the crystals inside. Instructions and safety precautions are provided on the Rock Detectives Party CD.

Activity #6:  Experiments

All good geologists love experimenting on their samples. Each Rock Detectives kit includes instructions for experiments that you can do during the party. Don’t worry if you run out of time, the party guests can do these experiments at home using their own CD from the kits.

Activity #7: Wrap Up with Rock Bingo!

Play Mini Me Geology’s Rock Bingo to wrap up your party. The bingo game is included on the Rock Detectives Party CD. A great gift for winners is rock candy from your local candy store. If you can’t find the candy locally, give us a shout and we can point you to some online sources!

Get started planning your party today!

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