Fun at the Zoo!

The Mailbox® is located in North Carolina, and I just recently learned an interesting fact about our state. We now have the largest zoo in the world. Yes, the world! The North Carolina Zoo is a 500 acre natural habitat zoo. So if you live in NC, or you find yourself here, you might want…

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A Super Spring Resource!

Spring is here! And that means the world is changing right before your students’ eyes (or at least it is if you live in one of those locations that has a distinctive springtime). Flowers are blooming, it’s raining buckets, and the birds are singing here in North Carolina. It’s the perfect time to have a…

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Beautiful Rainbows!

Now that spring is almost here, we should be seeing more rainbows in the sky! That magical combination of sunshine and rain always fills me with awe. Did you know that there are also moonbows, fogbows, and cloudbows? That’s right! When the recipe calls for light and moisture, you can get a colorful arc during…

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Open Umbrellas

Have you heard that it’s bad luck to open an umbrella indoors? It’s a pretty common superstition, right up there with walking beneath a leaning ladder and not letting a black cat cross your path. But how did the superstition originate? Many believe that it arose during the Victorian period, when umbrellas with metal spokes…

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Happy Presidents Day!

It’s Presidents Day, which is a bit of a mixed up federal holiday. Some states call this day Washington’s Birthday, although his birthday is actually February 22. Many also use this day to celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s birthday as well, which falls on February 12th. Still others use this day to celebrate all presidents. Whatever your…

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“Dino-mite” Birthdays!

  While looking up author birthdays recently, I made a discovery! Mark Teague, the children’s book illustrator, had a birthday yesterday on February 10th. Jane Yolen, the prolific children’s book author, has her birthday today on February 11th. Mark and Jane collaborated on the well-known dinosaur series of picture books. So let’s celebrate their collective…

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