Kids & Computers

Does your child use the computer? Chances are, since you are reading a blog, that your child is a computer user and is somewhat technologically savvy. November 29th is Electronic Greetings Day and November 30th is Computer Security Day. Both of these days give you a good excuse to re-examine and refresh your child's computer use.

The best way to ensure that your child is safe while using the computer? I have 2 suggestions: place your family computer in a common space, such as the living room, and use the computer together. For younger children especially, these 2 steps make computer use fun, educational and safe.

Celebrate Electronic Greetings Day on November 30! E-cards are a great way to stay in touch or to thank someone, plus your kids can practice their reading skills while selecting a card. To help you explore what is available for electronic greetings, I've included a few good (and free) places to browse and select e-cards:

American Greetings
Free E-Cards Online
Blue Mountain

Here are some interesting facts and observances for the week of November 25-December 1. Enjoy!

November 25 is Alascattalo Day-This day celebrates Alaska and Alaskan humor; the alascattalo is a cross between a moose and a walrus (think of a jackalope). The Alascattalo Day parade is also dubbed "the longest running, shortest parade in American history." Apparently the Alaskans are (or at least believe they are) quite funny.

November 27, 1701- Anders Celsius, inventor of the Celsius thermometer, was born in Sweden.

November 28, 1895- The 1st American automobile race took place with Frank Duryea winning in about 10 hours, driving 54 miles from Chicago's Jackson Park to Evanston, Illinois.



Nat'l Game and Puzzle Week

You mentioned in your blog, Julie, that November 18-24 was Nat'l Game and Puzzle Week. Do you have a great website where one can find printable puzzles for fun?

Online Printable Puzzles and Games

A site that I would highly recommend is Puzzlemaker at Discovery Education. This site allows you to input information and create your own word searches, math squares, mazes, hidden messages and other popular puzzles. All puzzles are free to print and most have printable answer keys as well.

After doing a bit of research, a few other sites that are highly recommended by their users are:
Best Crosswords, which contrary to its name, has a variety of printable puzzles. has a wide range of online puzzles as well as a Web Guide for puzzle and game websites.
Family Shopping Bag lists word searches, cut-out puzzles, tic-tac-toe, connect the dots and holiday puzzles to print for free.

I hope that the above sites help you find what you were looking for- enjoy!