Week of February 2, 2003


Cookalotamus welcomes you, your family and friends to join Cooking With Kids at www.cookalotamus.com. If you activate your sniffer, you can figure out what John Sarich is cooking for dinner. Perhaps he’s using one of Cookalotamus’ scrumptious recipes such as Potato Gnocchi or Cheesy Stuffed Pasta. You can examine the Food Guide Pyramid to learn how to prepare food that will help you to have a healthy body. Remember to keep an adult nearby while you cook, just in case you need a little assistance.

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Why is the grain group at the bottom of the Food Guide Pyramid?

Because you should eat more grains than other foods.
So you don't overlook grains.
To help support the other foods.


What does “crape myrtle” mean in Korean?

100th day and red
1 month and blue
1 year and yellow


Where in the world can you find wild giant anteaters?
Central and South America




Stories Around the World

You’ll find lions, tigers, bears and sea monsters in Korean Folk Tales at http://story.lg.co.kr:3000/ english. Illustrated folktales from countries such as Korea, China and Great Britain will teach you about different cultures. You may either read or listen to the stories. A variety of pictures from the folktales is available to print out and color. Explore native Korean dress when you help clothe a Korean family in the dress-up room. You may also create a tale of your own. When it’s complete, publish it on the Web to share with everyone. (This site is no longer available.)

Pass the Ants, Please

Learn about The Online Anteater, one of nature’s strangest creatures, at www.maiaw.com/anteater. You can read about the anteater’s odd body features, such as its tube-like nose and ultra-long tongue. In Fun Stuff, learn to say anteater in 27 languages and read anteater comics. Then head to Feeding for a glimpse at the anteater’s unsavory eating habits. They consume up to 30,000 insects in one day. Be sure to catch the picture of an anteater diving nose-first into a termite mound. If you had a 2-foot tongue, you’d eat termites and ants, too!

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Making Each Day Unique

My Intro to Architecture professor once lectured about a deteriorating prairie schoolhouse on the Kansas frontier that he, a few of his colleagues and a group of architecture students restored. Originally, it looked like the schoolhouse at www.madisoncounty.com/county.html. There’s nothing special about it. It’s like any old schoolhouse around the world.

To set the schoolhouse apart from all other one-room limestone schoolhouses, the architecture crew replaced the falling wood roof with galvanized steel, offsetting the heaviness of the stone with a light roof.

Daily life as well can seem ordinary and like nothing special. We take the same roads to go to the same places, and we repeat the same formulaic greetings as we pass the same people in the hall. Adding to or changing something in your day is just the remedy for a life that seems like the same old thing.

Just like the schoolhouse, the ordinary becomes extraordinary when we alter it slightly. Whether you sleep with your head at the foot of the bed or eat your dessert first, do something today that will mix things up a bit. Discover the extraordinary in your life. (This page is no longer available.)

— Amy

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