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tips & hints GRAND CENTRAL + share & show + comments & conversation + links & legacies + wise whys & wherefores CRisp piCks: EDitoR’s ChoiCE On a mission A n intruder was spoiling my the author weekly Wednesday visits with and her my grandson, Brenden. Here grandson, we were, the only time we had together, Brenden. and he sat in the recliner, watching TV, uncommunicative and sullen. His programs were mindless, a waste of time. At last, I made a decision. One Wednesday, as we drove home, I said, “We’re going to dream up a ‘mystery project.’” Sitting at the dining room table, I helped Brenden finish his spelling homework. Then, I asked what he was studying in history and science, and we talked about what we might make—our “mystery project”—related to his schoolwork: a model of a Native American village, a colonial scene, a log cabin, a battleground, a covered wagon, a map. We chose to make a model of a California mission, a required subject for the state’s fourth graders. We agreed that we would keep the project a secret between the two of us—keeping the “mystery.” Our first step was to research the Internet . After looking at the photographs and reading about what we discovered, Brenden chose to create a replica of the mission at Santa Barbara. On another afternoon, we scoured the garage for cardboard and visited a local crafts store . In our research we discovered a site that sold the necessary pieces, precut from Styrofoam (add only scissors, paint and glue) . With only a bit of help, Brenden was able to build the replica of the mission on his own (he focused with enthusiasm as soon as he started to glue the walls together). To be original, we cut cardboard into steps, doors and fences; Brenden painted the mission and landscaped the grounds. (We searched the yard for rocks, grass, plants and “trees.”) All through the week, I think of ideas; on Wednesday, Brenden greets me with, “Grandma, what are we going to do today?” The intruder was vanquished. —Margery Atkinson LiGht sLEEpERs Good Nite Lite is a delightful, original, behavioral modification device that helps children to develop healthy sleep habits. You can preset the time for sleeping—and the light turns from a cheerful sun to a peaceful moon. At “wake-up” time, the cheerful sun returns. For children ages 3-5—and not such a bad idea for Grandpa, either. $34.99. www.goodnitelite.com Alannah, SC Carlos & Sabastian, TX Cianna, MI Dylan, IN Emma, TX Eric, Hayden & Ethan, WI MAY Click and connect to more resources instantly where you see this symbol:  2009 GRAND 13
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - May 2009

GRAND Magazine - May 2009
GRAND View
Contents
GRAND Central
Watching Lily Bloom
GrandZ in the 'Hood'
Numbers Game
We're Taking In the G'Kids
Face-to-Facebook
SHMILY
Family Crews
Soul Food
Resources
GRAND Finale
GRAND Magazine - May 2009 - Intro
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GRAND Magazine - May 2009 - Cover2
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GRAND Magazine - May 2009 - Contents
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GRAND Magazine - May 2009 - GRAND Central
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GRAND Magazine - May 2009 - Watching Lily Bloom
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GRAND Magazine - May 2009 - 22
GRAND Magazine - May 2009 - GrandZ in the 'Hood'
GRAND Magazine - May 2009 - 24
GRAND Magazine - May 2009 - 25
GRAND Magazine - May 2009 - Numbers Game
GRAND Magazine - May 2009 - 27
GRAND Magazine - May 2009 - 28
GRAND Magazine - May 2009 - 29
GRAND Magazine - May 2009 - We're Taking In the G'Kids
GRAND Magazine - May 2009 - 31
GRAND Magazine - May 2009 - 32
GRAND Magazine - May 2009 - 33
GRAND Magazine - May 2009 - Face-to-Facebook
GRAND Magazine - May 2009 - 35
GRAND Magazine - May 2009 - SHMILY
GRAND Magazine - May 2009 - 37
GRAND Magazine - May 2009 - Family Crews
GRAND Magazine - May 2009 - 39
GRAND Magazine - May 2009 - Soul Food
GRAND Magazine - May 2009 - 41
GRAND Magazine - May 2009 - 42
GRAND Magazine - May 2009 - Resources
GRAND Magazine - May 2009 - 44
GRAND Magazine - May 2009 - 45
GRAND Magazine - May 2009 - GRAND Finale
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