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Hans Christian Andersen

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Hans Christian Andersen

The stories and fairytales of Hans Christian Andersen have delighted generations of children and adults, and the complete list of Andersen’s 168 tales, in the chronological order of their original publication, with links to the original texts for most of them, can be found at Hans Christian Andersen: Fairy Tales & Stories. From The...
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A Paper “Quilt”

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A Paper “Quilt”

Or, quilting for the Rest of Us! I’ve seen lots of great projects using quilting – friendship quilts, family quilts, history quilts, but let’s face it, not everyone wants to sew. Here’s a book/kit for making a family history “quilt” of paper. It comes with precut squares, some blank and some with ideas printed...
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Kinetic Contraptions

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Kinetic Contraptions

Curt Gabrielson’s new book “Kinetic Contraptions” made me want to sit down and start tinkering! We recently mentioned his previous book on our front page, along with some other engineering resources, and this one looks equally interesting. It’s full of cool projects powered by hobby motors that any handy 10 or 11 year old...
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Rodeo de Gaia by Magic Mama

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Rodeo de Gaia by Magic Mama

Rodeo de Gaia is the first CD by Magic Mama and features playful, funky music and stories for kids and adults. Her hip-hop version of “this little piggy” – called “Go Barefoot” is my favorite on the album. You can watch a performance – complete with kid participation – on UTube. Also includes a...
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A History of the World

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A History of the World

The Rosetta Stone is one of the most famous objects in the British Museum but the actual contents of its inscription is less well-known. The inscription is a decree that affirms the royal cult of the 13-year-old Ptolemy V on the first anniversary of his coronation in 196 BC. The same inscription is written...
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Atmospheric Optics

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Atmospheric Optics

The site description at Atmospheric Optics reads: “Light playing on water drops, dust or ice crystals in the atmosphere produces a host of visual spectacles – rainbows, halos, glories, coronas and many more. Some can be seen almost every day or so, some are once in a lifetime sights. Find out where to see...
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Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids

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Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids

Your parents probably kept a copy of the venerable Old Farmer’s Almanac around the house – filled with wit and wisdom and surprisingly accurate forecasts, it was a staple of rural life, and a favorite everywhere. The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids – a free online interactive website – offers the same mix of...
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Archaeology Resources

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Archaeology Resources

Time Travel with a Teaspoon: Archaeology For Kids by Rebecca Rupp was featured in the September-October 1998 issue of Home Education Magazine. Rebecca opened the column by writing: Caleb, our youngest son, wants (just now) to be an archaeologist when he grows up. Accordingly, he reads everything he can find on archaeological topics, surfs...
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iCivics

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iCivics

“Democracy is not a spectator sport” So says Sandra Day O’Connor in her video introduction for teachers on the iCivics web site. iCivics is a web-based civics program that the former Supreme Court justice helped to develop. (They’ve recently changed their name from “Our Courts“, so you can check them out at either site.)...
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SparkNotes

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SparkNotes

SparkNotes is a free online resource and series of study guides, also available via print, which students can turn to when they’re confused about a subject or searching for explanations. They help the reader understand books, write papers, and study for tests – clearly and concisely, and they never leave out important info. The...
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