Week of September 28, 2003

Nature of Sleep

Pay a visit to Mr. Sandman at http://library.thinkquest.org/TQ0312543. The Nature of Sleep lets you explore the medical and symbolic sides of sleepy-time. Have you been counting lots of sheep lately? Read about insomnia and other common nighttime ailments in Sleep Disorders. A handy dream symbol dictionary can help you decode your nightmares. Learn how your body drifts into slumber, from hypogenic experiences to restorative REM, and find out about the important physical effects of sleep. Then test your know-how in Interactivities. Sweet dreams! (This site is no longer available.)

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Art Makes Smart

A palate of colorful art awaits smARTkids at http://smartmuseum. uchicago.edu/smartkids. The tour of a photographer’s studio will show you what it takes to develop a picture of a Chicago landmark. Use the online journal to record observations of and reactions to sculptures, pottery and paintings. Fear not if you aren’t an art historian. Art Speak will clear up any confusion you may have about art jargon, and deductive reasoning will help you solve the case of the scrambled art descriptions.

Winnie the Pooh

Enter the den of the ever-lovable Winnie the Pooh at www.just-pooh.com. A.A. Milne published the first story of a bear with a big appetite for honey and friendship in 1926. Read about the original Pooh, a black bear named Winnipeg that Milne’s son Christopher Robin liked to visit at the London Zoo in History of Pooh. Explore a virtual 100-Acre Wood with information on all the characters, including little, pink P-p-piglet and sawdust-stuffed Eeyore. And if you are feeling rumbly in the tumbly, help Pooh catch honey with a Shockwave game. (Disclaimer: This site now contains advertisements.)

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Dear Amy: Where can I learn to use PowerPoint to create presentations?
— Logan, Lehi, Utah

Dear Logan: A great online tutorial that you should check out is PowerPoint in the Classroom at www.actden.com/pp. It will introduce you to the program and show you how to create slides, rearrange them and add sound and movement to your presentations. Sue Special and Jim Jingle, the co-hosts of this zany tutorial, make the step-by-step process fun and easy to follow. And if you don’t want to go through the tutorial online, you can print it out and work on it even when you aren’t connected to the Web.

Dear Amy: What is a fun chatroom for kids?
— Xander, Minneapolis

Dear Xander: Headbone Zone at www.headbone.com is a fun place to chat with friends. You’ll like it because it’s just for kids, and your parents will like it because it is closely monitored. In order to monitor chatting at all times, the chatroom is not open 24/7. Log on to the site to find out when it will be open. Then schedule a time to meet up with your friends. Or you can always just drop in and see who’s chatting. Remember to follow the www.4Kids.org safety tips at www.4kids.org/safesurf. (The first site is no longer available.)

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