December 2005

Features Our 4th annual totally unscientific toy test  Introduction  Preschool and kindergarten: Ages 3 to 5  Grades 1-3: Ages 6 to 8  Grades 4-5: Ages 9 to 11  Beloved board games: Ages 5-14  Ten tips: Toys for toddlers by SUSY SCHULTZ, CINDY RICHARDS, HANNAH SCHRODER, DIANA OLESZCZUK, TERESA DANKOWSKI Reader essay: Growing up gifted by KIM MOLDOFSKY Play with your baby: Tips for 6-12 months by ALICE HOHL

Best of Kid culture 2005  Must-see movies, by SYLVIA EWING  Can't-miss kids' music, by FRED KOCH  Buy these books, by JUDY BELANGER and SANDI PEDERSEN

Finding an independent school, by MONICA GINSBURG Family-friendly New Year's parties, by ALENA MURGUIA How interfaith families celebrate, by KIRAN ANSARI Reader essay: Preserving Armenian culture, by DIANE GHAZARIAN-HARDY

Columns Healthy finances: Gifts money can't buy Everyday amazements: The magic of giving

Departments From the editor: The corrections department Editorial: The snowman blows Feedback: Your letters Short stuff Health roundup: Pertussis & hepatitis A vaccines Kid-tested travel: Turks & Caicos

Calendar: Day-by-day calendar of events Ongoing events: Multiple-day events

Kid Culture  Books: Wintry tales  Videos: Seasonal films  Music: Down-home holiday tunes


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