Monthly Archives January 2015

Steam Trains and Standard Time

Whether your 10 year old likes trains or time zones are part of a lesson at school, consider the many systems and sciences that came together to influence the standard time we use today. Can you name them? We don’t give it much thought these days but standard times are a fairly recent change. With the dawn of the industrial age, came the iron horse, steam trains. With mass transportation, keeping track of when your ride should arrive became very important. We are aware of that part for sure whether we’re rushing off to work or school by bus or subway. We have maps now that show the routes and schedules of some very complex transit systems. I’m thankful for such good maps for London or I’d still be roaming the streets looking for an entrance to the tube. (Not an entirely bad thing...

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A Princess’ Hobby: How To Expand Her Knowledge

Do you have a little princess? Does she love all the princess movies and was she a princess last Halloween? Does she have a play castle and tiara? How would you turn her interest into something educational?
  • When she’s playing with her castle, introduce her to the parts of the castle by name. Turret. Battlement. Cinderella is on the parapet. Elsa is in the bailey. She might not pick up all the words, but some might fall into her vocabulary.
  • castle vocabulary


    If she doesn’t have a castle already, you could make one. Between the cutting and gluing and painting, you can talk about the parts. Check out my Pinterest board Castles, Knights, Princesses for ideas on how to make your own.

  • She might even have some fun if you both make a catapult...
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