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tell a tale  
 
 
Listening:

Mark Twain: Tom Sawyer 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
    10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 MP3

Mark Twain: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
    10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
      20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29
        30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39
          40 41 42 43 MP3

Charles Dickens: Oliver Twist 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
    10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
      20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29
        30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39
          40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49
            50 51 52 53 MP3

Herman Melville: Moby Dick 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
    10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
      20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29
        30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39
          40 41 42 43 44 MP3
 
 
 
Reading:

Little Nemo in Slumberland/Dreamland by Winsor McCay
 
 The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
 
  Arabian Tales from 1001 Nights
 
   Peter Pan by James Matthew Barrie
 
    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
 
     The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
 
      The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Lyman Frank Baum
 
       Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
 
        Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
 
         Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
 
          Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
 
 
 
Viewing:

Big Buck Bunny Video 9:56
 
Little Lord Fauntleroy Video
 
  The Little Princess Video
 
      Gulliver's Travels Video - swept ashore on little people's land.
     
 
      Barefoot Boy Video
 
         The curious adventures of Mr. Wonderbird Video 1:03:56
        
 
          Santa Claus Conquers the Martians Video -
          Kids on Mars also like to have a Santa Claus.
 
            Mother Goose Stories Video 9:45 - short stories.
            
 
              First Spaceship on Venus Video -
              Mankind explores Earth's neighbour planet.
 
                Tom Brown's school days Video -
                Young Brown attends a school which employs
                revolutionary principles.
 
                  Sitar sings the blues Video - love, trust, rejection.
                  
 
                    Pipe Dream Video 3:33 - an unusual intrument.
                    





tricks  
 
 
Make your parents freeze:
 
   
 
Draw a square like the one above width a length of 8 little squares and a height of 8 little squares. If you have a printer you can simply print this out. Altogether there are 64 little squares in the big square (8x8=64).
 
Then cut the big square along the green lines into 4 pieces. Be careful when working with scissors. If you are not used to them, ask you parents to cut the square.
 
 
Now put the pieces together as shown above. Count the little squares. There are 65 little squares! Where does the additional square come from? Ask your parents and see them freeze :)
 
 
Make your parents kneel:
 
All this square counting is so much Math, so lets do it simpler.
Draw the following rectangle with a length of 13 little squares
and a height of 5 little squares.



Cut the rectangle in five pieces as they are marked by the green line.
Be careful with the scissors. If you are not used to them,
ask your parents to do the cutting.



Arrange the five pieces on a table like in the first drawing.
Show the rectangle to your parents, put a handkerchief
or something like that on the rectangle. Say your favourite
magic spell (mine for this trick is Spring, Square, Spring),
stir the handkerchief with your finger three times around,
knock three times on the hankerchief and say you have just
knocked one square through the table. Pull away the handkerchief.
The pieces beyond got somewhat mixed up. Arrange the pieces
like in this picture.



Point at the missing square, ask you parents where it is and
see them kneel to look under the table :)
If they cannot find the missing square, tell them you
may have knocked to gently and it still stucks in the table :)
 
 
Enchant your parents:
 
A professional magician reveals some secrets which let you appear as an apprentice of this art.



treasures  
 
 
Past - see a summary of what happened before your birth.
 
Remarkable places - on Earth.



paste and glue
 
 
Mars Polar Lander - was a space probe that presumably crash landed on Mars in 1999.
You can make your own cardboard model that is 24 times smaller than the original one. The patterns are in PDF format.
 
NASA B-757 - the altered plane is used for aircraft and atmosphere research.
The cut-outs for this simple model are in PDF format.
 
Cardboard Domes - everything up to this was just warm up.
Here you can learn to build an igloo sized accommodation.
 





pc games  
 
 
StixWorld - find your way back to the three dimensional world - North but not up.
Adventures on Pirate Isle (Win) (Mac) - sugar glider stranded on Pirate Isle.
Capture the flag - find the flag of the other team before they find yours (400 kb).
Dr. Riptide - steer your small submarine through passages, collect power ups and beware of the piranhas (683 kb).
Jazz Jackrabbit - don't bump into the turtles (1.400 kb).
Commander Keen IV - has to jump a lot to get around a world full of funny monsters (658 kb).
Spider Run - rotate tiles to let a spider crawl its net as long as possible (145 kb).

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Skunny - has to avoid bees and lizards and has to collect all the keys to open a door on each level (3.800 kb).
Entrap - reach the other side of the field and don't get caught by the robots (68 kb).
Supaplex - collect the Infotrons and avoid the scissors and falling rocks. Keep space bar pressed to activate collected red disks (286 kb).
Painters - Up to four players compete in painting most of the screen in their own color within a short period of time (159 kb).
Cubemaze - move your pointer through the maze. Water and hole squares block your way. To pass push balls and covers over them. By mistake balls could end in a blocked position. Maze levels are loaded with the F3 key (53 kb).
Funballs - Try to reproduce with mouse clicks in the left grid the point patterns of the right grid (71 kb).
Troy - a little dragon has to collect gold bars through increasingly challenging levels (72 kb).
Maddog Williams - a graphical adventure game, your quest is to save the princess and free the land (2.338 kb).

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Master Mind - find the hidden color combination through feedback and logical reasoning (Windows, 91 kb).
Koolah - move a ball past the holes to reach the finish within the time limit (48 kb).
Kyodai - a solitaire game where you have to remove all the Mah Jongg tiles from a pile (Windows, 50 kb).
Vlak - collect all items with your train to open the gate. Avoid to collide with your own wagons. You can reload levels by pressing the F4 key and typing the name of the level (13 kb).
Velcro mind - press P to play, turn your 4 colored disk with mouse clicks until its side matches the color of the incoming ball. Deliver the catched ball to the hand basket of the same color (40 kb).
3DX - 4 in a row in three dimensions (50 kb).
Jasper's Journey - little Jasper jumps and runs over flowers and clouds, through caves and hidden passages to reach his dragon who carries him to the next scenery. On his way he has to overcome different creatures and obstacles (830 kb).
PC Bert - run over all cubes to change their color and don't get caught (690 kb).
Happyland Adventures - find the little happyland creatures, guide them to the collecting area and proceed to the next level (670 kb) + X-mas edition (1.8M).
Light Breaker 32 - with a click you change the color of three horizontal and three vertical squares under the pointer. Try to remove the patterns by turning all light blue squares to dark blue square (660 kb).
Sint Nicolaas - Santa Claus must jump from roof to roof to distribute parcels and cookies (165 kb).
Ken's Labyrinth - find your dog Sparky and escape a labyrinth full of dangers (890 kb).
The Will 2 - Small quest to find ten gem stones in a castle.
Super Monster Painter Extreme - remove the monsters by squirting the same color on them (3 mb).
Animal Game - chess like board game where you try to reach with an animal the cave on the other side (160 kb).
Neverball - tilt the board to move the ball. You have to collect items to open the exit in a given time.
The Blob - paint the town with your Blob. It's a larger download (103 mb).
Sunday drivers - drive a van in a race.
Polarity - change your color to attract objects of the opposite color or repel objects of the same color [89 mb].
Chaffinch Challenge - move Chaffy to collect crystals and don't touch any other objects [700 kb].
Connect More - Add balls to connect four of the same colour to make them vanish. Balls should not reach the top [4.81 mb].
Dread Mac Farlane - a strong girl among pirates [62.33 mb].
Dread Mac Farlane 2 - more of the pirate girl [21.61 mb].
Sigma - a game of puzzles and riddles [17.66 mb].
Fish Fillets - Next Generation (manual) - a small and a big fish move things together to reach the exits [106 mb].
Sebran's ABC - practice the alphabet, word finding and arithmetic [807kb].
Etoys - playing, learning, programming [25 mb].



parent's pick  
 
 
Conventions against child labour.
 
Good to learn, good to teach:
    First aid - maintaining circulation with the CPR method.
 
Parents' little helpers:
Maintenance tips for household machines
 Saving Electricity
  Household Products Health & Safety Information
   Darling, I think there's something wrong with the toilet...
      How to glue different materials
       Soap & Shampoo - supplements self made
        Tip for healthy hair - brush daily, wash once a week.
 
 
Parents information:
›  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding in the first year of life and exclusive breastfeeding at least for the first six months before introducing supplemental food. This may also prevent early formed appetite patterns which are suspected to promote obesity in adulthood.

›   Stressed?
Try these four audio files with guided relaxation techniques.


›   Getting the children covered.
Health insurance for children in the USA.


›   Considering common causes of calamity can do a lot to
prevent childhood accidents.


›   Medical reading, medical books:
When there is no doctor (PDFs)
  Where women have no doctor (PDFs)
    When there is no dentist (PDFs)
      Sanitation and cleanliness for a healthy environment (PDF)

        Helping children who are deaf (PDFs)

          Helping children who are blind (PDFs)
            Ship captain's medical guide
                Medical encyclopedia

How to disinfect water by filling it into clear plastic bottles and laying it into the Sun light.

  En Español:
  Donde no hay doctor (PDFs)
    Donde no hay doctor para mujeres (PDFs)
      Donde no hay dentista (PDFs)
          Saneamiento y limpieza para un ambiente sano (PDF)
            Ayudar a los niños ciegos (PDFs)
              Ayudar a los niños sordos (PDFs)
                Enciclopedia médica



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