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Custom Collector Guides: Baseball Cards

When you think of old, rare baseball cards, names such as Babe Ruth, Joe Dimaggio and Ty Cobb probably come to mind. However, it’s likely that all three of these players collected cards when they were kids. In fact, there were cards that a young Babe Ruth probably thought of as old and rare. Ty Cobb only knew of the legend Cap Anson as retired.

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Baseball is one of America’s oldest celebrated sports. Major League Baseball was founded in 1869, and by the end of the 1870s, baseball cards were being made. At first, baseball cards were used to help companies sell other products. They gave away a free card when someone bought a pack of candy. Through the 1950s, 60s and 70s baseball cards were best known for being given away with chewing gum. This was thanks to a company named Topps which made both cards and gum. Topps is still around today making collectible cards for sports, television shows and movies.

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The Skinner Box

The Skinner Box is also known as the operant conditioning chamber. It is an apparatus used in the study of behavioral psychology, where the experimental analysis of behavior is applied to study animal behavior. B.F Skinner, a psychologist, invented this apparatus while he was still a graduate student at Harvard University. Skinner’s studies resulted in his development of the theory of operant conditioning.

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A Custom Guide for Kids and Adults: Stamp Collecting and Philately!

The term “philately,” dates back to the mid-1860s, and is the English version of the French term “philatélie,” the technical term for the study of stamps, postal history, and other related items. It is a combination of the Greek words “philos” (fond of) and “ateles” (tax-free). What is the connection between taxes and stamps? Today, the mailer pays the postage. But years ago, the addressee paid the postage in order to receive the letter.

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One major difference between philatelists and stamp collectors is that many stamp collectors simply collect or buy highly-desirable stamps and don’t necessarily study them. Philatelists take pride in studying collections and stamps, but don’t actually collect them. In order to build a valuable collection, however, the collector must have a certain amount of knowledge of what makes a stamp desirable and thus, valuable. Whether collecting stamps or studying them, stamps occupy a prominent position in the world of hobbyists.

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Custom Resource: Global Warming For Kids

We hear a lot of people talking about global warming these days, but what exactly is it? Global warming is something that has been occurring over a long time due to the release of certain gases into the atmosphere. The gases, which include carbon dioxide, cholorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and methane float up high into the atmosphere, where they are trapped. Because of this, the temperature on Earth rises and everything becomes warmer.

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Plant, animal and human life are very sensitive to changes in temperature and as a result, a lot of natural life has been destroyed due to global warming. Even worse, the natural habitats of many creatures, such as the North Pole, oceans and forests are slowly changing or becoming destroyed. This means that many creatures lose their homes, which causes them to gradually become extinct. If too many plants and animals completely disappear, it could have a terrible effect on human life as well! As you can now see, everything on Earth is inter-connected, so it is very important to practice environmentally-friendly habits.

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Fun With Boxes: Cardboard Arts and Crafts For The Little Ones

Cardboard is the single-biggest component of solid, municipal waste across the entire world. This alone makes it extremely important to recycle cardboard, whether it is on an individual scale at home or on a bigger scale in the form of an industrial level. It’s important that even kids start learning how to recycle cardboard as early as possible.

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Even though recycling can be seen as a duty or a chore, kids can use cardboard in a fun way by making things out of it. The following is a super comprehensive guide about cardboard arts and crafts for kids.

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Custom Advertising Resource Center

No matter where a person may look it is inevitable that they will likely see an advertisement for something. It may be a commercial on television, the newest cell phone service on a billboard sign, or sales for grocery stores in the local newspaper and often times they may not even realize it is an advertisement. Advertising is a persuasive message by a sponsor that has been paid for by a business or company in order to inform the public, existing and potential customers, of a new product or service available to them. By advertising a company can generate more traffic which in turn will help increase sales.

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There are many ways to advertise that have proven to be very effective.

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Thinking Outside the Box – A Guide to Problem Solving

Everyday people are faced with a number of decisions. What to eat, where to go and other decisions need to be made on a regular basis. Some decisions such as what to wear or what to do are fairly easy to make. Others, such as career and education options can be more difficult. Any decisions that are made will have an impact on both the immediate and the future of individuals involved.

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When making decisions or solving problems, people need to consider as much information as possible to reach the decision. The decision maker needs to look at all sides of the situation, weigh the possible consequences of each decision and ultimately come to a conclusion. This type of decision making is utilizing critical thinking.

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Packing Up and Heading West: The History of Covered Wagons

Many pioneers joined in the massive move westward that took place in the 1800s. There were a variety of reasons why families made this momentous decision. For instance, some families moved west in search of a better quality of life that included more farmland at a lower price than in the eastern part of the United States. Some people moved in pursuit of a lucrative new way to earn a living in frontier territory. The Gold Rush of 1848 in California also enticed folks to move westward in search of a fortune. In short, promises of new opportunity persuaded many families to commit to the long, treacherous journey westward.

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Thinking Outside the Box – A Creative Thinking Guide

Creativity is the ability to come up with new ideas. Creative people may come up with new concepts that will help solve a problem, or they may focus on creating art that will help the world see things differently. Creative people tend to be problem solvers, because they continue to look for a new solution after the traditional ones have been tried. Many of the most creative people have gone down in history because they explored new ideas and invented things as a result of their creativity.

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A Teacher’s Guide to Elkonin Boxes

Elkonin boxes (also known as ‘sound boxes’) refer to a method of instruction used to build phonemic awareness in early elementary grade students. Elkonin boxes help to increase reading skills by challenging students to segment words into their individual sounds and syllables. Boxes are drawn on a piece of paper, dry-erase board, or chalkboard and students are asked to listen to a word and mark a single box for each phoneme heard.

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