Winter is here and with it comes the likelihood of illness due to cold and the seasonal flu. According to The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), colds and the flu share similar symptoms. The flu, which affects 35 to 50 million Americans each year, is worse .... read more
If you live in an area of the country where it snows, chances are you spend your winters finding ways to be outside even in the cold, while still enjoying yourself. If you live in a region that offers downhill skiing, then learning to ski is a wonderful gift you can give yours.... read more
Most kids love building sets, but those who are truly into design and take an interest in architecture will get even more enjoyment and learning out of toys that give them a taste of the real thing. Perhaps they want a hands-on sense of how major architectural landmarks are co.... read more
After you and your child mastered (so to speak) the Quick Guide to Architectural Literacy, you can take the things you learned about different styles and the time period when they were popular and try to apply them to buildings in your area—sort of like a history mystery!A q.... read more
There's nothing better than a mystery, is there? When you want to lose yourself in a book, just pick up one of the great mystery writers, and off you go. A good detective story is absorbing, relaxing, and it keeps the wheels turning in the old brain. But what about the y.... read more
Architecture is the art and science of designing and erecting buildings. It's all around us, any building or house. teaching children a little about architecture, and to pay attention to the buildings around us, is a fun exercise. This is a very short, and very simple, guide t.... read more
When you spend countless hours reading books out loud to your young children, you hope they'll soon grow into avid independent readers. But best intentions and efforts aren't everything. Some kids are just more reluctant readers than others.Often, these are children for .... read more
"To watch children at play is to see the mind in all its uninhibited glory." So said David Wiesner, the acclaimed children's book illustrator and storyteller, in an acceptance speech for the Caldecott Medal. As a child, Wiesner continued, he and his friends "re-created our wor.... read more
Thanksgiving was wonderful and delicious, but Thanksgiving is now in the past. As of today, there’s no avoiding the countdown to the December holidays. The kids can’t wait to open the “1” on their advent calendars, and we parents should also be taking a hard .... read more
There is such a build up to the holidays. As December approaches, we imagine how much fun the season will be ...sugar plum fairies and all. Our heads are flooded with warm memories of the winter holidays from our own childhoods. Then, the day after Halloween it hits: gifts.... read more
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