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Happy Birthday, America! Our nation’s birthday is coming up on July 4! Happy Birthday, America! The birthday of the United States of America is known as Independence Day, or the Fourth of July. On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. This meant that the colonies were separating from Great Britain and becoming an independent country. So what led to the birth of our nation? In 1750, there were 13 small colonies in America. Each colony was separate, but they were all ruled by the king of England. The colonies had to send money to England to pay taxes. All of the laws and rules were also made in Great Britain, and there was no representation or input from the people of the American colonies. The people of the colonies began to believe that they should be independent and not ruled by a king who lived across the ocean. They wanted to be free to choose the kind of government they wanted. The king refused to give up the American colonies and sent ships filled with soldiers to America. The colonies realized that in order to fight the king and his army, they would need to unite. Each colony chose men to go to Philadelphia and meet. This was called the “First Continental Congress.” They drafted a letter to the king and asked him to change unfair laws and to send his soldiers back to England. Instead the king sent more soldiers to America, and the Revolutionary War was begun.

The Declaration of Independence was drafted by Thomas Jefferson in June of 1776. In the Declaration, Jefferson expressed the feelings of the American people. It explained the ideals of individual liberty through “selfevident truths,” proclaiming that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain rights, and among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The document also explained that governments are created to help ensure these rights. When a government abuses the people and denies their rights, it is the duty of the people to remove or change that form of government. The Declaration listed grievances against the King and how the government of Great Britain was infringing on the rights of the people, and justified the separation of the colonies from Great Britain. On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted. The ringing of the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia signaled that a new nation had been born. It was five more years before the British surrendered at Yorktown, Virginia, in 1781. The Unites States of America was finally a free nation! All Americans are encouraged to read the Declaration of Independence, to understand better the rights that our forefathers fought for so that we can live the lives that we do today. The beginning of the Declaration is shown to the right. You may want to grab your dictionary — Thomas Jefferson loved big words!

On July 7, there will be a lunar eclipse! The penumbral eclipse of the moon will be visible from North America, South America and Australia. Later in the month, there will be a solar eclipse on July 21-22. The total eclipse of the sun will be visible in Asia, Hawaii and the Pacific Ocean region.

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The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

The first scheduled television broadcast was on July 1, 1941, when the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) began broadcasting from the Empire State Building. The first U.S. zoo opened on July 1, 1874. There were 1,000 animals in the Philadelphia Zoological Society on opening day. It cost only 25¢ for adults and 10¢ for children! Over 3,000 visitors came on opening day. July is a great month to go to the park. Why? It’s National Recreation and Parks Month!

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Firefly

Have you ever spent a summer evening chasing tiny glowing lights, trying to catch fireflies in a jar? The firefly, or lightning bug, is a type of insect in the beetle order. So even though they are called fire “flies” and they do fly, they are beetles, not flies. It’s no wonder that this family of beetle, called Lampyridae, has the Kingdom: Animalia word “lamp” in it! The little firefly emits light from its Phylum: Arthropoda lower abdomen. The light can be yellow, green or even Class: Insecta pale red. They use this special bioluminescent power to Order: Coleoptera attract mates and prey. The light is made by a special chemical reaction in the light-producing organs of their Suborder: Polyphaga abdomen. Family: Lampyridae More than 2,000 species of firefly are found around the world. They mostly live in temperate and tropical environments. Marshes and wet, wooded areas are great habitats for the firefly. Most fireflies are nocturnal, so you only see them at night. The firefly is a soft-bodied beetle that ranges from five to 25 mm, very tiny or up to one inch long. Its body is flat and brown or black. Sometimes it has yellow or orange markings. In most species, both males and females have wings and produce light. Sometimes, the females do not have wings. And sometimes, the male produces only a small amount of light. The larvae of the firefly also produce light and are often called glowworms. Sources: Encyclopaedia Brittanica Online; Wikipedia. Photographer: Emmanuelm, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Firefly_composite.jpg Go Online and

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The French love to celebrate on July 14, Bastille Day. The fall of the Bastille prison marked the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789. The people of Paris stormed the Bastille prison and freed the political prisoners, who were placed there by order of the King. Although there were not many prisoners, the storming of the Bastille was a symbol of defiance to the King and the monarchy. Now, the French national holiday is celebrated by dances, parades, dinners and fireworks.

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Guam is an island in the western Pacific Ocean near Japan. It is a territory of the United States. During World War II, Guam was attacked and invaded by Japanese forces. It was occupied by the Japanese for almost three years. On July 21, 1944, the U.S. returned and fought the Battle of Guam to recapture the island. Guam became a territory of the United States, and the Guamanian people were granted United States citizenship. Each year on July 21, the people of Guam celebrate Liberation Day with ceremonies, parades, fireworks and gatherings with family and friends.

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WHAT’S IT LIKE TO BE... A GOLDEN KNIGHT? As we celebrate the birthday of the United States on July 4, there will be celebrations all over the country. Some of those celebrations might include a demonstration by The United States Army Parachute Team, known as the Golden Knights. The demonstration and competition parachutist teams of the Golden Knights are made up of U.S. Army Paratroopers who have excellent parachuting skills. Dannielle Woosley is on the Golden Knights’ competition team at Fort Bragg, NC. Two teams participate in national and international parachute competitions. They have won an impressive array of medals from national and international competitions each year and hold the current Military World Record in both male and female four-way freefall formation. Dannielle spoke with Kidsville News! to tell us more about her job representing the U.S. Army.

TRUMAN: What does it take to become a Golden Knight?

DANNIELLE: I’m not scared to jump from the airplane; the Army provides us with the best equipment there is, and I have all the trust in my equipment to work.

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DANNIELLE: I remember seeing the Golden Knights at an air show and thought how wonderful and professional they were. I never imagined that I would be lucky enough to join them.

DANNIELLE: The best part of our job would be to represent the Army and the soldiers around the world. TRUMAN: What advice would you give to kids who are interested in this profession?

TRUMAN: What do you do? What’s a typical day on the job? DANNIELLE: We start our day pretty early in the morning. We meet at our team headquarters on Fort Bragg around 6:00 a.m., and then we drive about 45 minutes to our drop zone and training area at Laurinburg Maxton airport in Laurinburg, NC. We then set up the drop ]RQHVWUHWFKDQGJHWUHDG\WRMXPS:HPDNHRXUĂ€UVWMXPSDURXQG am. We normally make 10 to 12 jumps a day and then end the day with VRPHW\SHRISK\VLFDOĂ€WQHVVHLWKHUDUXQRUZHLJKWWUDLQLQJ TRUMAN: From how high do you jump? DANNIELLE: We jump from different altitudes, depending on what we are working on, so basically we can get out of the airplane anywhere IURPIHHWWRIHHW TRUMAN: Do you do different formations in the air, or are you just trying to hit a certain spot on the ground, or what? DANNIELLE: We work on all different aspects of skydiving, from formations to hitting a two-centimeter dot. TRUMAN: Are you ever afraid when you are jumping?

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Dannielle Woosley is on the U.S. Army Parachute Team’s Golden Knights Competition Team.

DANNIELLE: Stay in school, work hard and remember, you can do anything you put your mind to. TRUMAN: Thanks for talking to me! It sounds like you have a very exciting job representing our military!

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Chapter 3 of 4 By Caleb Blaise It has been ten years since my sons were taken. Then one fine day, just as the day my sons were taken, I was going to check on the herd again. I heard screams and I ran as fast as I could, but instead of screaming it was a roar I heard. Just as I got there I saw my wife fighting a mountain lion. She was losing, but just before the lion could raise a paw to kill my wife my herd heard the roar and they came running and attacked the lion and won. My wife was safe or so I thought. The calvery came once again and took my wife away. I looked and saw it wasn’t the calvery. It was my old friend and some of his men. Now my friend was a chief of his tribe. He needed my help and of course the help of my herd. I wanted to help him attack the lion pride that had been killing the herd of horses and cows. We or should I say some of my best horses and I found the pride of lions. we fought the lions and won. We all went home. To be continued...

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NASA Cartoon Interviews a “GOES-O” Weather Satellite Engineer NASA’s Space Place is a Web site that helps kids learn about Earth and space science and technology. The latest interview on the Web site’s animated “television show,” called Space Place Live! features a scientist from the weather satellite that NASA is launching in 2009, called “GOES-O.” In the latest episode of the Space Place Live!, animated young hosts Kate and Kyo interview a cartoon version of the GOES satellite Deputy Project Manager, Andre Dress. Andre works at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. He talked with Kate and Kyo about the new GOES-O weather satellite as it is being prepared for launch. There have been 13 GOES satellites launched already. Before they launch, they are named with a letter, once they’re in orbit, the name changes to a number, so GOES-O would become GOES-14. “GOES means Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite,” Dress said during his interview. That means the satellite stays in a fixed position above the Earth as it rotates in orbit so it can keep an eye on the weather in a fixed area over the U.S. NASA manages the development and launch of the satellites for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, also called NOAA. Once in orbit and after check out, NOAA takes over the satellite’s daily operations. During the 10-minute cartoon interview, Andre explains what the GOES satellite will do, where it is located in orbit and how the satellite is launched. He also explains why it’s so important that scientists rehearse what they’re going to say during and after the launch. Because Andre Dress will be in that group of engineers that will be practicing, it will really be a “dress rehearsal.” The actual launch will happen during the summertime in 2009. The Space Place is produced by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). JPL is managed for NASA by the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif. New episodes of Space Place Live! with hosts Kate and Kyo are always being made. The Web site is geared toward elementary school students and teachers. It is updated daily, with events, games, projects, animations, cool subjects, amazing facts and a section for friends to share news from their communities, so kids should bookmark it on their computer and check it daily. It’s both fun and a great learning experience. This article was provided by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. 41496

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Edgar Degas was a 19th-century French artist. Italian paintings. Known as one of the founders of the Impressionist Moving back to France after three years, Edgar toyed with more movement, he preferred to call himself a “realist” contemporary artistic techniques. After serving in the National Guard because he drew inspiration for during the Franco-Prussian war, he joined up his art from the world around with a group of young artists looking to crehim. ate a new style. Their first collective exhibit Edgar Degas was born was in 1874, and art critics began calling them Helaire-Germaine-Edgar De “the Impressionists.” Unlike earlier styles, Gas on July 19, 1834, in Paris, Impressionism focused on bright, bold colors France, the oldest of five without a lot of details. Edgar and his friends children. His father was a French painted as if they had taken just a quick peek banker, and his mother was at the subject of their work. Although Edgar American. Edgar liked painting never felt he was an Impressionist, like the as a child. By the time he was a Impressionists, he made his artwork look as if it teenager, he had set up his own shimmered in the sun. Gaining a reputation as a art studio in his family’s house. talented artist, his work was exhibited in France, At 18, Edgar was given permisLondon and New York. His most famous works sion to copy at the Louvre. At were of ballet dancers and horses. the time, young artists copied Edgar died on September 27, 1917. While paintings at the museum to study the techniques of he was known as a painter, more than 150 the master artists before them. Edgar showed artistic sculptures were found in his studio after his talent, but his father wanted him to be a lawyer. So in death. The Dance Class (La Classe de Danse),1873– Written by Tamar Burris, a former elementary 1853, after graduating from high school, he enrolled 1876, by Edgar Degas school teacher who now works as a freelance writer and in law school. Unhappy in law school, Edgar met two curriculum developer for PBS, the Discovery Channel prominent artists who inspired him to pursue his art. He transferred to and other education-related companies. Sources: Edgar Degas Paintings Gallery a school of fine arts in Paris and later decided to move to Italy to study www.edgar-degas.org/biography.html; Metropolitan Museum of Art: Degas, Chronology of the Artist’s Life, www.metmuseum.org/explore/Degas. the Italian masters. By 1860, he had made hundreds of copies of famous

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Natural Stone Bridge & Caves Park, 535 Stone Bridge Road, Pottersville, NY 12860, 518-494-2283 The huge stone bridge arch is the LARGEST marble cave entrance in the east. Originally named Ponte de Dios (Bridge of God) by Spanish explorers, the stone bridge was given to Jacob Van Benthuysen, ancestor of the current owners, in the 1700’s for Revolutionary War service. You can still visit the sawmill site he erected on the river today! The day I visited I saw lots of other people having fun. One thing I noticed was there was no way you could have a little brother or sister in a stroller go on the tour. So I asked what would happen in that case, They told me they will rent a back pack so everyone can enjoy the day! I wore good rubber-soled enclosed walking shoes, had my walking stick, map, and camera and set out on my self-guided tour. The trail is about ¾ mile long and mostly above ground. I traveled along the natural stone steps and got to see up-close so many neat rock features in the marble gorge, such as potholes, grottos, and the mill site waterfalls. Then I went down into lighted surface caves and saw really cool waterfalls! The nice part about a self-guided tour was that I was able to go at my own pace. I could spend time and look at the items that really interested me, so it took me about an hour. I also took part in the “Dino dig” and uncovered buried dinosaur bone casts that were made from actual dig sites. I found the whole duckbill and Albertosarus jaw! That was a lot of fun, I really like learning about dinosaurs! Then I watched a 30 minute PBS video entitled “Under the Adirondacks” I’m always amazed what is right here in our backyard! I had a great day exploring all the other things they have to do at Natural Stone Bridge & Caves, go to the website at www.stonebridgeandcaves.com for more information and make sure Mom and Dad get the $1.00 off coupon for their admission. See you next month!

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At the Movies Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (In Theaters: July 1) The third installment in the animated “Ice Age” series finds that little saber-toothed squirrel Scrat coming back for more funny attempts at getting away with a giant acorn, but this time he may be too blinded by his love for a cute little squirrel named Scratte to keep the acorn for himself. Queen Latifah’s Ellie, a giant mammoth, and her friendly mate Manny (Ray Romano) are due to become parents when they go on an adventure to a warmer environment to rescue their friend Sid the sloth (voiced by John Leguizamo). It seems Sid has been kidnapped by a dinosaur mother whose eggs Sid unwisely tried to take care of. Diego, the saber-toothed tiger, also returns along with a newcomer named Buck – a sly one-eyed weasel. Rated PG (20th Century Fox) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (In Theaters: July 15) Daniel Radcliffe and the gang return to get ready for Harry’s biggest battle yet during his sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The very powerful Voldemort is up to no good in the Muggle world when Hogwarts gains a new teacher named Horace Slughorn, and Harry gets an ancient book of potions that once belonged to the HalfBlood Prince. Now, captain of the Quidditch team, Harry sees hearts and arrows in the eyes of his best friend’s sister Ginny Weasley, even though she may already be spoken for by Dean Thomas. Romance and jealousy come with the territory as Harry tries to get to the bottom of exactly what kind of trouble that creepy Draco Malfoy is up to at Hogwarts. Rated PG for scary images, some violence, language and mild sensuality. (Warner Brothers Pictures)

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G-Force (In Theaters: July 24) Summer live-action 3-D movie fun comes with a team of specially trained guinea pigs working on a government mission to stop an evil rich genius from taking over the world using everyday household appliances. Our gang of elite guinea pig spies includes squad leader Darwin (voiced by Sam Rockwell), weapons expert Blaster (voiced by Tracy Morgan) and martial arts master Juarez (voiced by Penelope Cruz). Added to the group is a snoopy little fly named Mooch and a goofy computer specialist mole called Speckles (voiced by Nicolas Cage). Look for lots of silly jokes, fancy gadgets and super action chases in a movie where a bunch of smart little animals get to have all the fun. Rated PG for some mild action and rude humor. (Walt Disney Pictures) Movies on DVD Peanuts: 1960’s Collection (DVD Release: July 7) All of your mom and dad’s favorite Peanuts cartoons from the ‘60s are here in an ageless collection of the classic cartoon series that touches on every season of the year. Starting with the award-winning 1965 classic A Charlie Brown Christmas, the set also includes Charlie Brown’s All-Stars (1966), It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966), You’re in Love Charlie Brown (1967), He’s Your Dog, Charlie Brown (1968), and It Was a Short Summer Charlie Brown (1969). Snoopy, Linus, Lucy, Peppermint Patty, Pigpen and the rest of the gang are here in great little stories from the master of 20th-century cartoons, Charles M. Schultz. Also included in the set is a cool documentary, The Maestro of Menlo Park - Profiling Composer Vince Gauraldi, about the musician who wrote the famous “Linus and Lucy” theme, as well as other music for the series. (Warner Home Video) Cole Smithey, also known as “the smartest film critic in the world,” has been a film critic for 11 years and writes for over 50 publications, in print and on-line. Truman loves to watch movies and has the highest appreciation for great popcorn.

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Red, White & True Mysteries Sarah Bush Raised a Famous Stepson Sarah Bush was born in Hardin County, Kentucky, in 1788, one of Christopher and Hanna Bush’s nine children. I went to college in Kentucky, and I noticed that many Kentuckians refer to their hometown by the homecounty that they’re from. In this case, the town was Elizabethtown. Sarah married Dan Johnston in 1806, and they had three children: Elizabeth, Matilda and John. She also had a stepson who was murdered in his prime. Sarah and Dan were a poor couple just trying to keep their family fed. In 1814, he finally landed a good job when he became the county jailer. They lived right above the jail, and it was Sarah’s job to cook all the meals for the prisoners. When Dan died two years later, Sarah moved her family into a log cabin. Three years later, she was working outside of her cabin one day when a man rode up on a horse. It was Tom, whom she had known since she was a teenage girl. When he arrived at her cabin – 13 years after they had last seen each other – he proposed to her on the spot. His rationale was that she had children but needed a husband, and he had children but needed a wife. Sarah accepted Tom’s proposal the next day. They immediately got married and hitched up the horses and wagon and moved to Indiana with their Brady Bunch-style family. This was in 1819. The family included Sarah’s three children and Thomas’ son and daughter. Well, it was 5/6 of a Brady Bunch-style family. Sarah knew nothing about the kind of house she was moving into until they arrived four days later. The log walls had huge gaps in them, making for cold winters, and the floor was nothing but dirt. That was ironic considering that Tom worked as a carpenter. Maybe he had time to build other people’s homes properly but not his own. In 1830, the family moved to Springfield, Illinois. Sarah’s life was pretty normal, but she did have one major accomplishment – she did an exceptional job of raising her two stepchildren.

The boy was quiet but well-behaved and he and Sarah formed a strong mother-stepson bond from the minute they first met. He grew up and went on to become great at his final job; in fact, to this day he is still regarded as one of the best to ever hold that job – more than 140 years later. But before he became successful, he had to overcome a lot of failures and heartache. For example, in 1832, he lost his job and lost a bid for Congress. He suffered four more defeats in his political career. I guess you could say that he was a failed politician. He didn’t have just political failures, though. He owned a business that failed, and he had a girlfriend who died. He also suffered a nervous breakdown. But he entered one more political race. It was during the period in our nation’s history when we were on the brink of Civil War, as secession and slavery were dividing the country in two. He was opposed to slavery, but his wife came from a family that owned slaves. Interesting. I mentioned earlier that he was murdered. Well, it happened while he was on the job. You know how his story turned out, even though you might not have figured out his identity just yet. In 1860, Sarah Bush Johnston’s stepson – the one who was born in a log cabin in Kentucky and later moved to Illinois – overcame all of his failures to win his next election. While Sarah Bush Johnston Lincoln led a pretty ordinary life, she played a major role in shaping her stepson into the kind of man he was, President Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States. Oh, and one more thing — The old adage about Mother knowing best applies to Sarah Lincoln and her stepson president. She didn’t want him to win the presidential election in 1860 because she had a feeling that something terrible would happen to him. © 2009 Paul Niemann. This story is part of the Red, White & True Mysteries series by Author Paul Niemann. For more information, please visit www.InventionMysteries.com.

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Croquet — A Popular Sport for Over 600 Years!

Believed to have originated in France during the 1300s, Croquet or Paille-Maille (ball-mallet) became very popular in England in the mid 1800s. An association was created at Wimbledon (famous for its tennis) with special fields and rules, and the game quickly made its way to America where backyard croquet, as well as competitive croquet, is still popular today — around 200 croquet clubs in the US belong to the United States Croquet Association! Croquet is played on an area at least 35 x 28 yards in size, with a color-striped peg or stake 18 inches high at each end of the playing field. Players use a three-foot-long mallet — a longhandled hammer made primarily of wood — to hit a colored ball that weighs about a pound through nine (for backyard croquet) or six metal hoops or wickets. The wickets are placed in formation on the field, and the object of the game is to hit the ball through all the wickets in order and into the stakes both up and down the field before your opponent does. Croquet is usually played as a team, making it a great family-fun game, and each player takes a turn in order

according to color of the mallet and ball — blue, red, black, yellow (and green and orange for six balls). When croquet is played as a team, blue, black and green compete against red, yellow and orange. A player takes one shot per turn and earns extra shots by scoring a wicket — hitting the ball through the hoop — for one bonus shot or by striking another ball, known as a roquet, for two extra shots. A player can earn a new extra shot on the final bonus shot for a maximum of two at one time. If they like, players can use the “deadness” rule in a game: A ball that has been roquetted cannot be hit again for an extra shot unless the player hitting it has scored another wicket first. A ball that ends up out of bounds is placed inside the playing field boundary directly in line from its out-of-bounds position. Variations of croquet include the fastest-growing version of the game, golf croquet, where a wicket is won by the first ball to go through each hoop. The winner is the player or team that wins the most hoops. Like horseshoes, badminton, and bocce ball, croquet is a great backyard game for the entire family to enjoy together. Sources: www.croquet.com; “Croquet,” Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Croquet.

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PARENTOWN’S KIDSMART How Money Is Earned: Setting an Allowance I am often asked, “Keva, how do I determine how much allowance to give my child?” I always advise them to set a dollar amount for a specific chore and let their child decide how much he earns each week based on the chores he selects. But there is a caveat! Parents need to decide, based on family values, what chores should not be on that list. For example, I was raised by my grandmother and making the bed each morning was something I HAD to do. Think about it, as adults, are we rewarded for making our beds each day before heading to work? In my grandmother’s house, having me make the bed I slept in each night was her way of instilling discipline and neatness, values that guide me to this day. Now keep in mind I didn’t say cleaning their room, just making the bed. As grandmother always said, “Making your bed each morning before you leave the house sets the tone for the day.” Now back to the money lesson: Tip: Teaching your child self discipline when it comes to money matters is something that will guide his future financial success. Activity: Type a list of chores your child can do around the house, such as loading/unloading the dishwasher, taking out the trash, helping to put away groceries. Next, assign a dollar amount that can be earned for doing each chore. Be sure to have several chores listed, and of course assign higher dollar amounts to the chores you want them to do the most. Every household is different, so your list will be different. Here’s another piece of wisdom from my Grandma Helen that I realized after she was gone: she only allowed me to do chores on a Saturday. She did not want chores to get in the way of “school lessons.” On Saturday morning, I sorted clothes in the laundry room, did dishes, vacuumed and dusted the living room tables. I am not saying no chores during the week, but assign the lesser dollar amounts to chores that can be done during the week so there is less emphasis on earning money and more time available for your child’s homework or “school lessons.” Also, do not forget to set a limit on the amount they can earn or to limit the number of chores they can perform. Sample List: Cleaning Room $5.00 Vacuuming $3.00 Loading Dishwasher $2.00 Take Out Trash $1.00 Dusting $2.00 Benefit/Key Takeaways: Your child will begin to associate the time and energy spent doing a particular job with financial rewards. Keep in mind he probably already has in his head how much he wants to earn because he already knows what they want to spend it on. Mom and Dad go to work every day to earn a paycheck. • Children need to learn where money comes from and how it is earned. Chores allow a good framework for teaching kids the difference between various denominations of bills. • Activity: The next time you’re at the register to pay for an item, pay with cash and let your child count the change. Keva Sturdevant is the founder of Born To Save, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., with the mission of teaching kids of all ages the importance of saving and investing. Our goal is to begin conversations about money in households across America between parents and their kids. In an effort to foster those conversations, we grant actual shares of stock to kids. To register your child to win a share of stock in our monthly stock giveaway, please visit our Web site at www.BornToSave.org.

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The Games Book: How To Play the Games of Yesterday Author: Huw Davies, Lisa Jackson (Illustrator) Publisher: Scholastic, Inc. Publication Date: August 2009 Age Range: 8 and up This book will take you back to the days before children’s TV shows were available every minute of the day, when computer games and video games didn’t exist, and the world was a simpler place. It features instructions for traditional indoor and outdoor games that have been enjoyed by generations of children — and they’re still fun! Learn (or remember) how to play classic games like jacks, marbles, and hopscotch. There are outdoor games, like Capture the Flag and Hide-and-Seek and card games such as Rummy and Solitaire. An excellent choice to take along on a family vacation! — JK

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It’s time to get out your globe! You need to know about the imaginary lines on globes and maps. These lines are called lines of latitude and longitude, and they tell a pilot or ship’s captain exactly where in the world a certain place is located. Basically, latitude lines (also called parallels) are the horizontal lines on your map. Lines of longitude (also called meridians) are the vertical lines that run from the North Pole to the South Pole. This mapping system is written in degrees and uses the symbol °. Get ready to travel the world! Like the United States, another country celebrates its national independence day in July! Get out your globe, and find longitude 173º E and latitude 1º N to locate the archipelago of Kiribati, the easternmost country in the world. Kiribati is a group of 33 coral atolls – islands of coral that partly or completely surround a lagoon. Formerly known as the Gilbert Islands, Kiribati is located in the Pacific Ocean along the Equator and was first sighted by British and American ships in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Kiribati is actually composed of three island groups: the Gilbert Islands, the Phoenix Islands and the Line Islands. British settlers arrived in 1837, and in 1892, the Gilbert Islands became a British protectorate, and then a colony in 1915. On July 12, 1979, the Gilbert Islands gained independence from Britain and chose the name Kiribati, an adaptation of “Gilberts” in the Gilbertese language, though English is the official language. Kiribati is about four times the size of Washington, D.C., and 21 of its 33 islands are inhabited. The capital and largest city of Kiribati is South Tarawa, halfway between Hawaii and Australia. The climate is tropical – very hot and humid, and the atolls are at most seven feet above sea level. Because it is composed of coral reef material and sand, the country’s land is not very good for agriculture. Kiribati was once a source of commercially mined phosphate on Banaba Island, but copra, the dried flesh of the coconut, and fish are now the largest exports, and tourism makes up about a quarter of the economy. Kiribati’s July 12th National Independence Day celebration is a big event. The president of Kiribati opens the celebration at the capital in Bairiki, South Tarawa, which includes a colorful parade and sporting events, such as tennis, boxing, ping-pong, fishing, soccer, basketball, volleyball and canoeing, as well as local dance contests. The celebration on Tarawa lasts three days, but on the outer islands, it may go on for a week! Sources: “Kiribati,” The World Factbook, Central Intelligence Agency, www.cia.gov/library/publications/theworld-factbook/geos/KR.html; “Kiribati,” Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiribati; Kiribati National Tourism Office, www.visit-kiribati.com/kiribati/cms/about/events.html.

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Enjoy National Hot Dog Month! July is National Hot Dog Month! Sure, you can add cheese, or chili, ketchup and mustard, but there’s more than one way to enjoy a hot dog! Try this recipe for a new twist on this American classic.

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WHAT YOU NEED: • 1 medium tart crisp apple (such as Gala), quartered and cored • 1 medium crisp pear, quartered and cored • 1 (8-ounce) can pineapple chunks in natural juices • 1/2 cup sweet honey mustard, DIVIDED • 1 (16-ounce) package hot dogs, cut in 1-½ -inch pieces • 8 (12-inch) metal or wooden skewers (if using wooden, soak in cold water for 30 minutes) • 1 tablespoon honey HOW TO MAKE IT (makes 6 to 8 kabobs): • Cut apple and pear quarters into thick wedges. Then cut each wedge in half. • Measure 2 tablespoons pineapple juice and reserve in a small bowl. • Pour pineapple chunks and remaining juice into a 9 X 12-inch pan. • Add apples and pears to juice and toss to coat all surfaces. (This will prevent the fruit from turning brown.) Add 1/4 cup mustard and hot dog pieces. Stir to coat all surfaces. • Alternately thread hot dogs, apples, pears and pineapple on skewers. • Liberally brush assembled kabobs with mustard mixture. • Mix remaining 1/4 cup mustard with honey and reserved 2 tablespoons pineapple juice. Save for a dipping sauce. • On a preheated grill or broiler, cook kabobs using the direct heat method. Cook, using medium-high heat, about 5 inches from heat. Turn a quarter of a turn every 2 to 2 ½ minutes. Cook until hot dogs reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, about 8 to 10 minutes. • Serve kabobs with mustard dipping sauce. ONE-ALARM MUSTARD DIP ½ cup yellow mustard 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 2 teaspoons catsup 1 teaspoon hot sauce* (see Note) 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne* (see Note) Directions: 1. Combine ingredients and cover. Chill at least 30 minutes before serving. 2. NOTE: For hotter flavor, double portions of hot sauce and cayenne. For more recipes like these kabobs and Haute “Hogs” in a Blanket, pictured, visit www.hot-dog.org. © National Hot Dog & Sausage Council

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