Scary Stories Are Actually Pretty Beneficial for Kids

In an effort to protect their kids, some parents will keep them away from books, TV shows, and movies that might be too scary. But to a certain extent, scary stories help children learn how to deal with fear in real life.

As Cari Romm at Science of Us explains, scary stories, and even nightmares, are dress rehearsals for real-life fear. And according to sociologist Margee Kerr, scary stories are a helpful tool for developing confidence. Think about it. When you make it through a scary movie, haunted house, or roller coaster ride, you end up feeling accomplished—like you made it through something. This little self-esteem boost carries over and teaches kids that, while things might be scary sometimes, it’s possible to make it through and they’ll be better off for it.

No, you shouldn’t be trying to scare the crap out of your kids, but it’s okay for them to read some ghost stories or get scared of the boogeyman every once in a while. They’ll learn how to cope with fear in a low-stakes setting and be more prepared for the many real obstacles they’ll face in life. Kids develop bravery and confidence, they’re not born with it.

Polk County Architecture: This Is Frank Lloyd Wright Covers Both the Man’s Work and His Life

You’re probably familiar with some of his buildings, but unless you’re an architect or historian, odds are you don’t know too much about his life. This Is Frank Lloyd Wright covers both the man’s work and his life, from his days as a toddler playing with Froebel blocks to his assorted marriages, affairs, and business dealings. The book’s text is accompanied by terrific illustrations from Michael Kirkham that pay homage to Wright’s signature style, while bringing some of the more abstract ideas to life.

Braille LEGO-Style Bricks Help Blind Children Learn To Read While Playing

Co-founded by the non-profit initiative Dorina Nowill Foundation for the Blind, and the agency  Lew’Lara\TBWA, The Braille Bricks project aids blind children to learn how to read through play. Each block features a braille letter, for blind and sighted children to use as a toy and learning tool.

Take a look at the first ever braille lego bricks below and how they are used. The simple but brilliant design used the Braille alphabet & six-dot figures to help the visually learn to read, while stimulating creativity. The blocks showcase the 26 letters of the alphabet in braille in a fun and exciting way.

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Update Your Kindle by Tomorrow or Lose Access to Books and More

If you’re like my family and have an older Kindle, you need to do an update — today. (My son uses a 2011 hand-me-down Kindle, so I know what we’ll be doing.)

Amazon has a Critical Software Update for Kindle E-Readers on its website with an urgent warning: “This update needs to be completed by March 22, 2016.”

If you do not update your device by March 22, 2016, you will receive the following message on your device: Your Kindle is unable to connect at this time. Please make sure you are within wireless range and try again. If the problem persists, please restart your Kindle from the Menu in Settings and try again. If you see this message on your device on or after March 22, you will need to manually install the latest software update for your device.

It will be possible to update an older Kindle after March 22, but it will be much more difficult. Instead of updating the device when it’s connected to the Internet over a wireless or Wi-Fi connection, you’ll have to do it manually with your computer and a USB cable. Instructions for how to update without connectivity can be found on Amazon’s Fire & Kindle Software Update page. Click on the appropriate model for details.

The Kindles that are affected by this critical update are ones released between 2007 and 2012. Newer Kindle models update automatically.

Even if your Kindle is sitting around collecting dust because you’re reading your Kindle books through an app on a different tablet, it’s smart to charge it up and do the update today. At some point you may want to use it again or hand it down to someone, and then you’ll have to go through the hassle of updating it manually.

J.K. Rowling Releases a Series of Stories About the History of Magic in North America

Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling has written a series of stories about the history of magic in North America and released them on the Pottermore site. The four stories will be released on the site daily beginning on March 8, 2016.

The stories lay the groundwork of magic in North America for the upcoming film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is set in North America as part of the Harry Potter universe. They will cover the ways magic influenced different notable periods of history and the formation of the Magical Congress of the United States of America.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be released on November 18, 2016.

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