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Sites – Jan 2007

January, 2007
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Switchzoo
Named thus because it allows visitors and subscribers to make their own animals, all based on photo-realistic images that can be swapped and switched around. The site then keeps them in its own virtual zoo, so creative kids can come back and check on their own designs. There are other animal-related games to fiddle [...]

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Games – Jan 2007

January, 2007
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
After what seems like an eternity, the super-natural turtles return in a double-whammy of sorts, starring not only in the movie mentioned above, but also in a new game.
The story for their interactive adventure features about the same plot, with the martial artist turtles assigned the task of saving New York [...]

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Movies – Jan 2007

January, 2007
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Wild Hogs
Fitting for the year of the pig that we should be talking about hogs, but they’re not really swine, rather over-eager bikers from suburbia. The group, consisting of all-star actors such as Tim Allen, John Travolta and William H. Macy, venture forth in search of the open road and adventure, along the way [...]

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Books – Jan 2007

January, 2007
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D Is For Dragon Dance
Taking every letter in the English alphabet and matching it with a term associated with Chinese New Year guides the core of this nicely illustrated number. Entries also have brief but highly informative descriptions that put readers in the right mindset. The creative team behind Dragon has previously done volumes [...]

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Being A Teen in Beijing: Assessing the Risks, Minimizing the Harm

January, 2007
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Why not go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the fruit is? ~ Frank Scully In 1904, the pioneering psychologist G. Stanley Hall described adolescence as a time of “storm and stress.” He listed its three key characteristics as conflict with parents, mood disruptions and risk-taking behavior. While we may disagree that adolescence is …

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Parents on Board

January, 2007
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  Parents are their children’s first teachers and key to maximizing their success.
  Research has shown that factors such as class size and organization have very little to do with the student’s achievement at school. However, the child who receives help at home from their parents is far more successful than a child whose parents offer little [...]

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Cartoonist with A Mission

January, 2007
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Known as the godfather of the modern American graphic novel, Phil Yeh is a real-life hero who has been traveling the world for 22 years promoting literacy. He’s painted more than 1,600 murals and spoken at schools, libraries, museums and conferences across the world. Yeh also started an organization called Cartoonists Across America and the World…

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Virtues Companioning — A Virtues Approach to Counseling Children

January, 2007
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One of the most important ways to build character is to support a child’s capacity to make moral choices. Companioning is a way parents can support children in discovering their own wisdom and using it to work through their feelings. A virtues approach to counseling helps a child to do their own spiritual work rather than doing it for them.

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A New Beginning

January, 2007
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I instantly became the envy of my family, friends and colleagues when I told them I intended to move to Beijing and help open Kinstar International Bilingual School.

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