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  1. Are You An Aquarius? These Words Are Calling Your Name

    Just after the season of Capricorn comes to a close, the age of Aquarius is upon us. It usually runs from January 21–February 18. In addition to claiming one of the best songs about an astrological sign ever (“This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius …”), Aquarians are a special bunch.   Aquarius is the 11th sign of the zodiac. Common characteristics often used …

  2. Learn More About These Powerful Words From Martin Luther King Jr.

    Every year since 1986, the United States has observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the third Monday in January. The national holiday honors a man who not only was an inspirational civil rights activist during the 1960s, but also one of the greatest orators of our time. King wrote five books during his lifetime, and at one point was estimated to deliver up to …

  3. True Cheese Lovers Will Want To Know These “Cheesy” Words

    Whether it’s on pizza, in a turkey sandwich, or melted in a pot, cheese is a food that’s incredibly popular and used in many different kinds of cuisines around the world. It’s been around for so long that cheese is considered an ancient food that has been made since the domestication of animals. Although it’s derived from animal milk*, cheese comes in different varieties that …

  4. How To Help Early Readers With The Different Types Of Syllables And Vowels

    When they are learning to read, children are often taught about syllables first. Having a firm understanding of how many syllables appear in each word and how each of those syllables is pronounced makes the introduction to reading a little bit easier. If children know how to identify the syllables in a word, they can break longer multisyllabic words up into smaller, more manageable segments …

  5. Celebrate The Season With These Words For Capricorns

    December 22 marks the beginning of Capricorn season. Capricorn is one of the Earth signs of the zodiac and is ruled by the planet Saturn. Capricorns are often stereotyped as being stoic, practical, and persistent. And judging by some famous Capricorns, it may be true! If you were born between December 22–January 19, you’re in the company of boxer Muhammad Ali, writer J.D. Salinger, former …

  6. Why Is Friday The 13th Unlucky?

    Can you honestly say that you’ve never felt a slight pang of concern when waking up on the morning of Friday the 13th? You’re not alone. Maybe it’s triskaidekaphobia, the fear of the number 13, that gets you down. But, if 13s don’t bother you unless it’s Friday, you might be susceptible to what’s sometimes known as paraskevidekatriaphobia or friggatriskaidekaphobia, instead. Whether you plan on …

  7. Dictionary.com’s Winter Break Word Challenges For Kids

    Ah, winter break. That welcome respite from homework, early morning alarms, and packing lunches … well, for about the first four hours anyway. That’s generally when the kids’ cries of “I’m bored!” start echoing through the house, and you contemplate how long you can get away with sending them outside when the weather is something frightful. To stop those cries (or at least dampen them …

  8. Teach Your Kids New Words By Describing These Holiday Characters

    It’s the holiday season—there’s more downtime than usual and the winter weather keeps most of us from spending too much time outside. So it’s obviously a great time to work on analytical and writing skills in a fun and engaging way. Come on, you know that sounds fun! Wait, just hear us out … There are any number of familiar characters in the holiday stories, …

  9. Dictionary.com’s Fifth Grade Homework Help Cheat Sheet

    Fifth grade is typically the final year of grade school, which means the lessons get cranked up a notch in preparation for middle school and beyond. Teachers ask students to delve deeper into subject matter, stretch their skills, and show more independence. The work is challenging but intriguing as they explore new concepts and develop their opinions about them. Fifth grade is also the year …

  10. The Popular Story About Black Friday’s Name Is A Myth

    After Thanksgiving feasts come Black Friday sales. But, where did Black Friday come from? Black Friday myths While many people believe the term Black Friday finds its roots in the sense of black meaning “showing a profit; not showing any losses,” this isn’t actually the case. Historically, black has been associated with days of economic stress as opposed to days of booming commercial success. The first Black …

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