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Why art? Because it’s mind-expanding, creativity-promoting, empowering, fun to do, and fun to look at. Check out these resources on famous artists, famous works of art, art history and appreciation, art in fiction, and a lot of great hands-on projects. Also see COLORS. FAMOUS ARTISTS   Eric Carle’s The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse […]

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The Middle Ages

  What do you think about when you think of the Middle Ages? There are knights and squires, castles and cathedrals, peasants and troubadors, monks and Crusaders, pease porridge, stuffed swans, King Arthur, the Canterbury Tales, and the black plague – and much more. See below for books, resources, projects, activities, and arts and crafts, […]

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Lewis Carroll and Alice

  Lewis Carroll is the pen name of British mathematician Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, author of the brilliantly creative Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. See below for books, games, puzzles, poems, and an Alice-style House of Cards that you can build yourself.   “The time has come,” the Walrus said, “To talk of […]

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Family Stories and Memoirs

  November is National Family Stories Month – and with the weather getting cold, it’s a perfect time for curling up in front of the woodstove and telling stories. Though, of course, any time of year is good for family stories, and the more the better. See below for some of the many ways in […]

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    The Vikings: scary warriors, peaceful farmers, superb sailors, talented artists. See below for books, resources, a great outdoor chess game, a rampageous God of Thunder, and some helpful hints about dragon training.  VIKING HISTORY   By Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire, Leif the Lucky (Beautiful Feet Books, 1994) is a gorgeously illustrated biography […]

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Manners, Please

  Manners count. They really do. Check out these resources (for perfectly polite kids).     Elizabeth Verdick’s Best Behavior series (Free Spirit Publishing) gets right to the point with such titles as Teeth Are Not for Biting, Hands Are Not for Hitting, and Words Are Not for Hurting. For ages 2-3.   Richard Morgan’s […]

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