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Brendan Moore Photography
Brendan is based in Phoenix, Arizona. He has photographed for publications such as Time, The Boston Globe Magazine, Us News and World Report, Business Week, Runners World Magazine, Money Magazine, Nasdaq Magazine, Inc Magazine, Cowboys and Indians Magazine, American Profile Magazine, Phoenix Magazine, Arizona Highways Magazine, Desert Living Magazine, Phoenix Home and Garden, Arizona Woman and Scottsdale Living Magazine. His corporate and advertising clients include the Phoenician Resort, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Maryvale Hospital, John C. Lincoln Hospital, Sitewire Marketspace Solutions, Lodmell&Lodmell Law Firm, and Blue Canoe Body Wear.
Douglas Miles
Douglas Miles - San Carlos Apache/Akimel O’odham graphic artist, Douglas Miles, connects the universality of mainstream’s skateboard culture to today’s Indian youth. His Graphic imagery of Apache warriors and contemporary “Rez” portraits brings a Native aesthetic and sensibility to the skateboard culture. The Apache skateboards break through a seemingly closed mainstream boundary, reasserting and affirming Indian youth’s presence in the mainstream culture of today. Douglas has recently shown his work at Princeton University and The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History.
Cherokee Bear Project
The town of Cherokee is being overrun by a collection of bears. But, don¹t worry these bears are completely harmless. Several Eastern Band of Cherokee artists have created a series of large, life-like fiberglass bears and painted them in bright vibrant colors and designs.
Welcome to Nathaniel's Of Colorado
In the small ranching town of Mancos, Colorado, on Grand Avenue, resides Nathaniel’s Hat Shop. Owned and operated by Native American Master Hatter Nate Funmaker, hats are still constructed on vintage equipment using centuries-old, hands-on craftsmanship techniques.
Indian Hat Company
The new Indian Hat Company line will also be handmade. He found a small manufacturer so he doesn’t have to handle each hat, but each will be done with his oversight. He doesn’t have a definite price line established, but expects them to be in the range of $200 – $300.
Quanah Parker Burgess
Quanah Parker Burgess, Comanche artist, was born on August 15, 1975 in Lawton, Oklahoma. He attended public schools in Lawton, Oklahoma. He lived in New Mexico for six years, where he graduated from Santa Fe Indian School in 1993. He also studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1993-94. Although his formal education is not extensive, Quanah still has plans to pursue his college education in fine arts.
Tour de Rez
The 2009 Tour de Rez is dedicated to the memory of the amazing life of Redmond J. Etsitty. Redmond packed the heart of a giant into his 11-year old body. His determination on the trail set him apart but his humility and humor in dealing with every challenge that came his way made him one of a kind. Redmond was killed in an accident at his home in Chi Chil Tah, New Mexico on June 5, 2008 while taking some days out of the saddle. (He rode 29 days of the Tour in 2007 and had hoped to top that in '08.) Though his physical being will never be lacking on the Tour trail, his legacy and impact will linger long on all who knew him.
For children learning to write, practice is what makes perfect. And the Internet is a rich source of printable handwriting worksheets for all kinds of handwriting practice, including block letters, cursive, and D'Nealian script.
Amazing Handwriting Worksheet Maker
In basic print, D'Nealian, or cursive, offers custom worksheets in just a few clicks. Start by choosing your font and trace style (dot, dash or hollow) and then simply input your word list. Be sure not to separate your practice words with commas (like I did) because the comma will show up as a missing image file. If you'd like to use a sentence in your worksheet, instead of a word list, choose the large-size dot-trace basic print font. It provides two sentence formats to choose from: repeat your sentence on all five lines of the worksheet, or just on the first one.
Donna Young: Handwriting Lessons
For use with her book "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons" or on their own, Donna Young provides a humongous number of printable handwriting lessons. In addition to dozens of letter and word worksheets, Young has reproduced George Washington's "Rules of Decent Behavior" as a copy work assignment. It has Washington's pithy quotes on one-half of the page, with a blank ruled page for the student to copy the rules on the opposite site. This has nothing to do with handwriting, but I really liked this rule: "In the presence of others sing not to yourself with a humming voice, nor drum with your fingers or feet."
First-School: Handwriting Worksheets
Visit First-School for their single-letter worksheets in block or D'Nealian font, blank printable writing paper, writing paper with seasonal themes, and printable story paper to encourage creative writing. They also have a big stash of pre-writing skill development, such as printable mazes and dot-to-dots. But best of all are the color words, number writing, days of the week, and months of the year worksheets.
Kidzone: Cursive Writing
"Just like printing, cursive writing is typically not presented in alphabetical order. I've chosen to present the letters in groups that are formed in a similar manner (you'll find this is what most schools do)." These single-letter cursive worksheets are grouped into: Rockin' Round Letters (a,d,g,q,c), Climb ‘n' Slide Letters (i,u,w,t), Loopy Letters (e,l,h,k,b,f,j), Lumpy Letters (n, m, v, x) and the Mix 'n' Match Letters ( p, r, s, o y, z) that have attributes from multiple categories.

Super Teacher Worksheets: Handwriting
Super Teacher Tim provides worksheets for lower-case and upper-case letters that include single letter practice as well as words ("a,a,a,a, apple, and, mama"). His stash also includes worksheets for numbers and symbols such as the question mark, dollar sign, cents symbol, and the British pound sign. The site is also publishes seven kinds of printable primary writing paper in PDF. The variations include narrow lined, wide lined, with or without a box for a picture, and/or a place for the student's name.

Magnetism is a force that attracts and repels things. It is the result of the movement of charged particles. Although the theoretical concept may sound difficult, it is easy to demonstrate to even young children with very simple experiments. Nickel and iron are two metals easily effected by magnetic forces (they are attracted to magnets) while copper and aluminum are not (and can not be magnetized.)
Cool Magnet Man
Electrical engineer Rick Hoadley (a.k.a. Cool Magnet Man) shares his magnetic enthusiasm with this virtual textbook and dozens of experiments that you can either buy or build. "Some of the experiments are very basic - things you've done since second grade. Others are unique; perhaps you hadn't thought of doing some of these before, or had difficulty in trying to set them up." Chapters that include experiments are marked with a yellow "Expt" button.
Exploratorium: Magnetism Snacks
Exploratorium Snacks are not the kind you eat after school, but rather experiments you can do at home or in a classroom. This collection includes a dozen Magnetism Snacks arranged in alphabetic order from Circles of Magnetism (use a 6-volt lantern battery to create a magnetic field stronger than the earth's) to Stripped Down Motor (an electromagnetic coil of wire spins when it interacts with a permanent magnet.) More science snacks, such as chemistry, color, and sound experiments, can be found on the Snacks by Subject page.
Hyper Physics: Magnetic Fields
"Magnetic fields are produced by electric currents, which can be macroscopic currents in wires, or microscopic currents associated with electrons in atomic orbits." This illustrated chapter from the Hyper Physics textbook (hosted by physics department at Georgia State University) explains magnetic fields for high-school and college students. Unlike a linear printed textbook, however, there are lots of links to help you explore related concepts.
MIT World: The Wonders of Electricity and Magnetism
Walter H. G. Lewin received his Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics in 1965 from the Technical University of Delft, and has been an MIT physics professor since 1966, . This video lecture "for learners young and old" runs an hour and forty-two minutes, and is part of the Family Adventures in Science and Technology at the MIT Museum. "Lewin is at his electrifying best when working with children from the audience. He gives a 12-year-old girl the worst hair day of her life, and offers a young boy 10 cents for 10 hours of backbreaking labor."

NDT Resource Center: Magnetism
Developed for science students in middle and high-school, this online textbook includes dozens of virtual experiments demonstrated with animated video, and discussion questions for classroom or home school. For example, one of the first animated experiments allows you to cut a magnet in half (by dragging scissors over a magnet) and seeing what happens to the magnet's poles. "What is happening when you cut the magnet? How small do you think you can make a magnet before it no longer acts like a magnet?"

This week's crop of interactive, narrated stories is quite impressive. With professional storytellers and a humongous number of classic and original stories to choose from, you (and your kids) are going to love these sites.
KOL Jr. Stories
KOL Jr. (published by AOL for kids ages two to five) organizes their narrated storybooks into: Animals, Arthur, Fairy Tales, Family and Rhyming. Whichever you choose, you'll be rewarded with read-along words highlighted in red as the storyteller reads the story out loud, and the pages (with their original illustrations) are turned automatically. The stories take about forty seconds to load on a DSL, so be prepared to wait a bit if your connection is slower.
Mrs. P
"Mrs. P is concerned because fewer and fewer kids are reading these days. Also, according to recent reports Mrs. P has seen, it is becoming harder and harder for many parents to find the time to read to their children." Storyteller Mrs. P (played by actress Kathy Kinney) is my video pick of the day, with her classic children's stories, read along options, engaging personal anecdotes, animated games and clever presentation. If you have a high speed connection, you can turn on more even more animated fun by clicking on Start Here, and selecting options such as "Bookcase titles say funny things."
Speakaboos is a delightful find, chock full of classic video storybooks read by actors, along with games, e-cards, sing-along karaoke tunes, and printable coloring pages. The stories are divided into Favorites (such as Arthur and Holidays), Fables, Nursery Rhymes, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales and Songs. A useful feature is "More on This Album: Play All" which will queue up all the songs (or stories) in a particular album. Some of the songs are available for free download (to your iPod or a DVD) while others are for sale in the iTunes Store.
Starfall offers four levels of interactive reading resources for pre-k through second-grade from ABC's and phonics to read-along plays and short stories. "Every word on the site is clickable and will read aloud. In this way, your child's speaking, reading, and writing vocabulary can grow alongside his curiosity." Although the interactive stories are the star of the show at Starfall, don't overlook the printable downloads which include a Reading and Writing Journal, Reading Awards, Phonics Puzzles, and printouts to accompany many of the stories. They can be accessed from the Download Center link at the very bottom of the home page.

Storyline Online
Storyline Online is a program of the Screen Actors Guild, and features streaming video storybooks read by actors such as James Earl Jones, Amanda Bynes, Hector Elizondo and Melissa Gilbert. The books aren't sorted into categories, so you'll need to scroll through the books to find one that catches your eye. But with choices like "The Polar Express" and "Stellaluna", that shouldn't be too hard."

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Students And Teachers Against Racism announces their new website that offers insight into the Native American perspective to teachers and educators.

Changing Winds Advocacy Center
Through presentations, classroom sessions, curriculum, fund raising, charitable works, and multi-media efforts, we seek to raise public awareness of the stereotyping, discrimination, racism and other unique situations facing Native Americans.

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