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FIFTY Study Page – South Dakota: "Trying to Do Some Good"

“Trying to Do Some Good” is a story that takes place in the gold rush era of the Dakota Territory. Most people have heard of the rough-and-tumble Wild West character Calamity Jane and her gun toting, hard talking, men’s clothes wearing reputation. But like many of the larger-than-life heroes and villains of the American West, the truth is much more subtle and complicated. For when an outbreak of smallpox threatens the town of Deadwood, South Dakota, it is not the doctor or the marshall or even the caretaking women of the town that step forward to help, but Calamity Jane herself that...

Celebrating Spring Equinox

The Spring Equinox is an exciting time outdoors. Flowers are blooming, birds are singing to their mates, bees are busy gathering pollen and nectar. The energy of the earth is alive and vibrating. So how do you include the Spring Equinox in your life? Easy! Get outside, make crafts from natural materials, and forage for spring greens to eat....

FIFTY Study Page – Alaska: " A Mountain to Conquer"

“A Mountain to Conquer” is about 14-year-old Epheem Kalmakoff and his unlikely victory in a popular Seward Alaska event. When he reaches the top of Marathon Mountain and peers out over the thick Alaska fog, he is suddenly reminded of three stories he heard when he was five years old: one from his Aleut grandmother, one from the Russian Orthodox priest of Analaska Island, and one from the teacher in the Methodist home for orphaned boys. These three stories fill him with a sense of history, identity, and then mission – the mission to win the race....

March Tips for Creating a Day of Rest

In SparkleLand, the Day of Rest has been under construction for several weeks. I don’t know about you, but it is certainly raising some questions for us. It’s not always easy to be clear about what is restful for a whole family! But let us encourage you to keep at it. There are sure to be some duds along the way for your family, just as there are for Martin and Sylvia’s family. Perfection isn’t the goal — and the process of learning to rest together is worth the effort....

SparkleCast Episode 13 – For the Love of Science with Podcasts "Tumble," "Brains On!" and "The Show about Science"

This week’s SparkleCast features three producers and hosts of popular science podcasts for kids, who joined us from around the country:...