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2. Sponsor’s Spot: The Perfect Lighting Fixture
3. Weekly Topic: Cinco de Mayo
4. Link to Cinco de Mayo
5. Note from a Reader
6. Related Games
7. Quote of the Week
8. Classified Ads
9. Subscription Management
#1. May 3, 2006
Over the weekend we finally got the problems solved with the Daily Educational Quote, and everyone should be receiving their daily quotes now without any problems.
Now I can safely encourage new subscribers, as I have been assured that the Surfnetkids server is capable of handling it. Here’s the link: http://www.surfnetkids.com/quotations/
On a personal note, my son has chosen to attend Carnegie-Mellon in the fall. It was a difficult choice, and I didn’t share much about it because it really wasn’t about me, but rather all about him. I’m thrilled he’s decided, and although I’d rather have him close to home, I respect his decision to attend the school he feels is best for him.
Your comments welcome here.
See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"
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#3. Cinco de Mayo
by Barbara J. Feldman
Cinco de Mayo Printable (** for premium members only)
Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for the 5th of May) marks the 1862 victory of the Mexican army over French troops at the Battle of Puebla. It has become a popular cultural holiday in the Southwest, even surpassing its importance in Mexico. The first thing one needs to learn about Cinco de Mayo is that it is not a celebration of Mexican independence. Mexican Independence Day (September 16) commemorates the start of the Mexican revolt against Spain in 1810.
AllRecipes: Cinco de Mayo
For me, the best part of celebrating Cinco de Mayo is the food! AllRecipes’ Cinco de Mayo special includes a short history of the holiday (Viva Cinco de Mayo!), an introduction to salsa, the history of chocolate (Aztecs created a hot chocolate drink in 1500 BC), an overview of Mexican cuisine, and, of course, recipes. Links to margarita recipes might make the site inappropriate for some audiences.
How to Make a Cinco de Mayo Pinata
A pinata is a candy-filled container suspended on a rope. Blindfolded kids hit it with a bat until the all the candy spills on the floor. Whether or not pinatas are readily available near you depends on where you live. But these instructions for making a star-shaped pinata from scratch double the amount of fun. First everyone can help make the pinata (it’s a messy paper mach project) and then the kids can whack it till it bursts.
Inside Mexico: Cinco de Mayo
This one-page article explains how Mexico struggled in its early years of independence. After years of economic woes, the “French invaded Mexico, and with the help of the Mexican Conservative party, Louis Napoleon imposed Maximilian of Hapsburg as Mexico’s emperor in 1864.” The story has many twists and turns, and is an exciting one to read. Other Mexican holidays (including Day of the Dead and Valentine’s Day) are covered in Cultural Articles.
… to continue reading, visit Surfnetkids: Cinco de Mayo.
#4. Link to Cinco de Mayo
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#5. Note from a Reader
Thanks for sending such wonderful information to my son, keep on sending some new topics.
Prasad R. Nilugal
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#6. Related Games
Mexican Flag Jigsaw
Cinco de Mayo Coloring Pages
#7. Quote of the Week
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