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The World Eskimo-Indian Olympics
The games that are played display the preparedness one needed for survival. They require skill as well as strength, agility, and endurance. In this manner, the people could teach their children that they had to be tough to make it on their own, not just in one area, but in all. The games left no part of the body untested.
Dzil Ta'ah Adventures
Back country cultural experiences through bike packing
Navajo YES
Our Mission: To promote community wellness, lifelong fitness, youth empowerment and family togetherness across the Navajo Nation. To achieve our mission, our work is grounded in five programs: •Dine Bike Project; •Navajo Trails Task Force; •Outdoor Adventure Programs; •Community Education & Outreach; and •Navajo Parks Race Series & Tour de Rez Cup Series.

Red Road to D.C. - A Totem Pole journey for the protection of sacred places
This Summer, the House of Tears Carvers of the Lummi Nation will transport a 25-foot totem pole from Washington State to Washington DC, stopping for ceremony and live-streamed events with communities leading efforts to protect sacred places under threat from resource extraction and industrial development. As the pole travels it draws lines of connection—honoring, uniting and empowering communities working to protect sacred places. The pole carries the spirit of the lands it visits and the power and prayers of communities along the way—ultimately delivering these prayers, power and demands to the Biden-Harris Administration and Congress in Washington DC, and culminating in an exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

VIDEO: Red Road to D.C. - A Totem Pole journey for the protection of sacred places

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Kindergarten Readiness
August is "Get Ready for Kindergarten" month for almost two million American kids entering kindergarten in the fall. Today's collection of websites include a mix of online and offline activities for parents to do with their preschoolers. But remember, although worksheets and online games are fun, reading out loud to your child is the single best way to prepare your kids for learning, no matter what form (virtual, in-classroom, or homeschool) their schooling might take this year.
Our thanks to
ABCYa!: PreK
Created by an elementary school teacher, ABCYa! provides free, online games for use in a web browser, as well as apps for your phone or tablet. The Pre-K collection includes games such as Alphabet Bingo, Birthday Candle Counting, Connect the Dots, and Letter Tracing.
All Kids Network
All Kids Network offers hundreds of free printable worksheets for preschool and kindergarten, but you do need to create a free account first. Categories include Basic Concepts, Reading, Shapes, Colors, Numbers, Writing, Alphabet, and Math.
Busy Toddler: What is Kindergarten Readiness?
"We want to make sure our children are set up for success but we often OVER-value skills we can quantify and measure (like counting and knowing letter names) and UNDER-value the truly important skills which are much more abstract (like social skills)." Look at kindergarten readiness through a "new lens", and learn why it should not be all about academics and memorization of numbers and letters. Blogger Susie is a former teacher, and mom to three. Her mission is to "bring hands-on learning back to childhood."
CCSWFL: 9 Kindergarten Readiness Skills Your Child Needs
Child Care of Southwest Florida (CCSWFL) brings us nine skills (both academic and social) that define kindergarten readiness. "Teach your child to express their feelings in a way that isn't aggressive or involve crying. Give your children the opportunity to interact with other children in early learning centers, church or at the park."

Scholastic: Countdown to Kindergarten
This archive page from Scholastic is a collection of articles and book lists to answer all your kindergarten readiness questions. "Some young children jump right in to starting kindergarten, acting as if they've been there all of their lives. But those easy adjusters tend to be the exception. So expect some tentativeness and ambivalence, along with genuine excitement about starting 'real school.'"

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History of Computing
ENIAC, the world's first electronic, large scale, general-purpose computer, was activated at the University of Pennsylvania on February 14, 1946. Since then, computers have gotten smaller, more powerful and nearly ubiquitous. But as the following sites all point out, computing didn't begin a mere half-century ago, but rather thousands of years ago. Follow me to learn more.
Our thanks to
Computer Museum History Center
"This Internet Timeline begins in 1962, before the word 'Internet' is invented. The world's 10,000 computers are primitive, although they cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. They have only a few thousand words of magnetic core memory, and programming them is far from easy." The Computer Museum History Center (of Mountain View, California) is my pick of the day! Best clicks are the forty-five year timeline of computer history and the online exhibits devoted to History of the Internet and Evolution of the Microprocessor .
Time Warp
With an interface that feels like you've walked into a cartoon, Time Warp has taken on the task of archiving vintage technology of the twentieth century. Dial a decade on the Time Warp control panel, and you're transported back in time. Roll your mouse around the living room, and as you pass over clocks, radios, stereos, televisions and home computers, additional choices will appear. Make your selections in these pop-up menus to see the (sometimes oddball) artifacts that have been collected.

Triumph of the Nerds
"Nerds are not a recent phenomenon. It took many years and many nerds to get where we are today." Based on the PBS television special, Triumph of the Nerds explores the lives of the young men that created the personal computer revolution and "accidently changed the world." There's a timeline that traverses from abacus to Internet, stats and facts about five favorite nerds, and a fun "Can you Guess the Computer?" Shockwave game that lets you test your nerd quotient.

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