Jan 062018
 

Christmas is celebrated by members of the Armenian Church.

Epiphany is celebrated by some Christians. Some people believe the magi visited Jesus on this day. In some cultures gifts are exchanged, and special dinners take place.

La Befana visits children in Italy. The “Befana,” or witch, enters homes the previous night through the chimney. She leaves good children nice toys in their stockings. Bad children find coal in their stockings. The day is celebrated with parades and feasts. Children could read a classic, The Legend of Old Befana by Tomie dePaola.

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Jan 062018
 
New Mexico State Flag

New Mexico State Flag

New Mexico became the forty-seventh state of the United States in 1912. Although New Mexico is one of the youngest states, it boasts some of the oldest American structures. Spaniards traveled on El Camino Real (the Royal Highway) in 1581; and Santa Fe, the capital, was built in 1609 or 1610. Children could visit an Internet site at: New Mexico. Idea: Children could create some math problems regarding how long ago New Mexico’s treasures were created.

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Jan 062018
 
Joan of Arc - Poster

Joan of Arc – War Savings Stamps Poster

Joan of Arc (born Domremy, France, 1412; died Rouen, France, May 30, 1431) led French troops against the British. Declaring she had religious visions, she persuaded Charles VII to give her an army. She was successful for quite some time. She was captured by the British. She was tried for heresy and burned at the stake in 1431. Idea: Children could research her battles and plot them on a map. They could also learn more about her at: Joan of Arc

Vera Cleaver (born Virgin, South Dakota, 1919) writes books for children. She and her husband Bill Cleaver wrote about sixteen books, including Where the Lilies Bloom and I Would Rather Be a Turnip. Children can learn more at: Vera Cleaver

Sherlock Holmes (born 1854) was a fictional detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. You can read many of the Sherlock Holmes stories at: Project Gutenberg

Carl Sandburg

Carl Sandburg (born Galesburg, Illinois, 1878; died Flat Rock, North Carolina, July 22, 1967) was a poet, writer, and historian. His free verse poetry depends on strong imagery. One of his books of poetry is Corn Huskers, written in 1918. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1940 for his biographies of Abraham Lincoln. Children could read some of his poetry at: http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/28. They could also take a virtual trip of Connemara, his home in North Carolina for the last 22 years of his life: http://www.nps.gov/carl/index.htm.

Jedediah Strong Smith (born Jericho, New York, 1799; died on the Santa Fe Trail, Kansas, May 27, 1831) was an American explorer. He claimed to be the first American to arrive in California. Children could read a biography, Jedediah Smith (Watts Library) by Sharlene Nelson and Ted Nelson.

Wendelin Van Draanen (born Chicago, Illinois, 1965) is a children’s author. She has written the Sammy Keys series, the Shredderman series, and the Gecko and Sticky series. Her first Sammy Keys book, Sammy Keys and the Hotel Thief, was awarded the 1999 Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Writing. Children could visit her website at: Wendelin Van Draanen

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