How to Choose Literary Classics for Your Kids

1.Consider your child's comprehension and maturity level. Read a few pages from the middle of each book you are considering to see if the material seems to be within your child's scope of knowledge.
2.Think about the books you loved as a child. Many of these were probably already classics, while others may have become classics since your childhood.
3.Consider the amount of historical knowledge children may need to understand a particular book. Some classics, especially those set in a specific historical period, may need extra explanation. British classics sometimes need a bit of "translation" for children from other countries, since many common idioms are slightly different.
4.Decide whether you plan to read to or with your children, or let them read by themselves. This will depend on your child's age and level of maturity, as well as the amount of explaining you may have to do, and may affect your choice of books.
5.Deal with any issues of racism or discrimination that may come up. Many classic books contain content that may seem inappropriate to you or your kids today, simply because society has changed a lot since the books were written. Explain to your children that people didn't know any better during the period in which the book or play was written. This may be all you need to say to younger children, but older kids may want a full discussion, so be prepared.
6.Decide how much violence is appropriate. Some classics contain fairly heavy-duty battle scenes or duels, so carefully set your boundaries according to your children's ages.
7.Ask a children's librarian for suggestions. While the librarian may not have read all the books you are considering, he or she will be able to let you know what works well for a particular age group, and may have lots of helpful ideas. 
Even very young children can enjoy classics such as the "Winnie the Pooh" stories or "The Wind in the Willows" - there are even abridged versions in baby board books!
Try to find classic books that contain the original illustrations whenever possible; while your children may want to move on to modernized versions later, it's a good idea to start with a true classic.  
Don't assume a book is appropriate for your kids just because an animated movie has been made from it. Many stories are radically altered by animation studios, and much of the frightening or violent content is often deleted.
Give your children the background they absolutely need to "get" a story, but be careful not to turn the discussion into a lecture. This may give them the wrong impression about the book before they even open it.   

How to Create a Web Page With FrontPage

1.Start the FrontPage program. From the File menu, choose Open and open a web (a site).
2.Click New from the File menu and choose Page. A dialog box will appear.
3.Choose the first tab (General) to select a regular page. Click once on each page to see a brief preview and description.
4.Select the second tab (Frames) to create a frames-based page. See "How to Create a Frames-Based Web Page With FrontPage," under Related Hows, for more information on this feature.
5.Use the third tab (Style Sheets) to create a new style sheet. See "How to Create a Style Sheet for a Web Page With FrontPage" for more information.
6.Add text to your new page just by typing.
7.Read the Related Hows to learn how to add images, links and other features to the page, or search How for "FrontPage." 
Tips: Visit the Microsoft FrontPage Web site and the other Related Sites for more downloadable FrontPage templates.   

How to Insert a Line Break on a Web Page With Dreamweaver

1.Start the Dreamweaver program. Locate and open the page to be edited.
2.Position the cursor where the line break will be located.
3.Open the Insert menu and choose Line Break, or press Shift+Enter.
4.Save the page when finished.
5.Select Preview in Browser from the File menu to see what the page will look like. 
Tips: To start a new paragraph, simply press Enter where you want the new paragraph to begin.    

How to Select a Health Club

1.Decide if the facility should be convenient to home, office or both.
2.Think about what you want from a club - free weights, fitness classes, water aerobics, circuit machines, a lap track?
3.Consult the yellow pages for all clubs within the designated area.
4.Visit each facility and ask for a thorough tour.
5.Request a free guest pass or two.
6.Collect price information from each club.
7.Exercise at each facility before selecting one, and do so at the time of day you would normally be there.
8.Ask the club the following questions: Does it offer a group rate; does it meet or beat competitors' prices; is the equipment properly maintained, and is there enough of it (be sure to check for yourself); is towel service available; are the machines cleaned after each patron; and what are their hours?
9.Check as well: Can someone help you set up a fitness program; are lockers available, and do they cost extra; are the fitness instructors certified; and do the staff members have CPR training? 
You must feel comfortable at the club in order to attend regularly. If it's a thong environment and you prefer baggy T-shirts and shorts, you may feel uncomfortable. Conversely, if you like sporty, body-hugging exercise clothes, you might feel ill at ease in a gym with beefy power lifters.
The desk personnel should be glad to see you and should be available to answer your questions at all times.
If you need child care, be sure to visit with your children and see that the hours are compatible with your exercise schedule.
Avoid long-term contracts or prepayment of membership fees.
Run quickly from high-pressure sales tactics and costly initiation fees.
The staff should be genuinely concerned about your health and not your bank account. 

How to Be Politically Correct in Relationships

1.Decide on a gender-neutral term to use when referring to each other. Good examples include "life partner" and "significant other."
2.Avoid using overly possessive language when referring to your significant other in conversation.
3.Split up tasks equally between both partners to avoid conforming to traditional gender roles. Men should be able to buy feminine hygiene products, and women should have no trouble taking the car in for repairs.
4.Take turns paying for things like meals, movies and cab rides.
5.Avoid gendered terminology like "henpecked" and "he/she wears the pants in this relationship."
6.Avoid taking on or assigning a permanent subservient role. Although no relationship will be perfectly equal at all times, general control should be evenly distributed between both partners. 
Tips: As in any relationship, politically correct or otherwise, make sure any sexual acts are performed only with the explicit consent of both partners.   

How to Add a Screen Name in America Online

1.Sign on to AOL.
2.Click My AOL in the top toolbar.
3.Click Screen Names from the pop-up menu.
4.Click Create a Screen Name.
5.Click Create a Screen Name again on the new screen that comes up.
6.Enter the screen name you want to use in the box.
7.Press Enter.
8.Type the password you want to use twice.
9.Press Enter on the screen.
1..Click Continue.
1..Customize the new screen name with the preferences you want.
1..Click Continue.
1..Click Accept Settings. 
Make sure to write down the password for each screen name so you don't forget it.
If the name you want is already taken, try changing the spelling a little bit. You can also add a number at the end of the screen name if it's already taken.
Set up the preferences you want for each name.   Steps:
1.Add requests to subscribe to your mailing list. If you use the BCC or Group feature of a regular e-mail software program, copy the e-mail address you want to add into the clipboard. Next, locate the mailing list and paste the e-mail address into the mailing list.
2.Remove the address of someone who has requested to be removed by locating the e-mail address in the maling list and deleting it.
3.If you use a special software program designed for mailing lists, your mailing list is likely to be saved in ASCII text. In that case, locate the text file and add or remove addresses as needed.
4.Purchase sophisticated bulk-mail software that adds or removes subscriber requests automatically. These programs work best if you have a continuous Internet connection, such as DSL or cable. 
If you can't locate the e-mail address that you've been requested to remove, the recipient might have more than one e-mail address and has forgotten which one was used to subscribe to your newsletter. Contact him or her and ask for the other e-mail address.
Alternatively, ask the subscriber to forward the newsletter to you (not reply and not redirect). In this case, you will be able to see the e-mail address that you used and remove it. 
Warnings: Avoid adding people to your mailing list without their permission. This is called "spamming" and may result in complaints both to you and to your ISP.   Steps:
1.Sign on to WebTV with your subscriber name.
2.Click on Settings on the Home screen.
3.Click on Extra Users.
4.Click on Add User.
5.Type in a first name in the top box and a last name in the bottom box if you want the new name to show in e-mail messages; otherwise leave it blank.
6.Click Continue.
7.Type in the user name you want to use and click Continue.
8.Type a password in the top box and then retype it in the bottom box to confirm.
9.Click Continue three times.
1..Click Done three times. 
You can only add e-mail users when you are signed on with your subscriber name.
To set access privileges for users, see "How to Set Restrictions for Extra E-mail Users in WebTV."   

How to Launch a Dinghy From a Trailer

1.Back the boat down the launch ramp.
2.Stop before the stern of the boat hangs over the water.
3.Remove the tie-down straps and lines.
4.Remove the bow retrieval line if applicable.
5.Back the boat down until the trailer wheels are submerged or until the ramp ends, whichever comes first.
6.Secure a bowline in your hand or to a dock.
7.Push the boat off the trailer. If it binds when you push from the bow, move aft, and push from a point closer to the beam.
8.Drive the car back to a parking space, and go sailing. 
Tips: Some trailers and ramps will allow you to get the boat nearly all the way into the water. The further you go, the easier it is to get the boat on and off the trailer. 
Warnings: Avoid getting your vehicle's back wheels wet, or you may lose your traction. 

How to Buy a Telescope

1.Read astronomy magazines such as "Sky and Telescope." This is one of the best places to get an expert opinion on the type of telescope you should buy.
2.Measure the area where you plan to place the telescope.
3.Purchase a telescope you can transport and assemble with minimum difficulty.
4.Determine a telescope mounting that meets your needs. The less money you spend on the mounting, the more money you can spend on optics.
5.Ask yourself if astronomy will be a lifelong pursuit or just a passing hobby. This is particularly important if you're buying a telescope for kids.
6.Determine what you want the telescope for. Ask yourself if you want to view the planets in this solar system or do deep sky viewing.
7.Research the size of the aperture you need, which will determine how much light the telescope can gather and the clarity of the image.
8.Find out whether the telescope dealership will collimate, or align, the telescope's internal optics. Chances are you'll still have to do some collimating once you have the telescope home and set up.
9.Determine how much money you want to spend, as this will have a large impact on the quality of the telescope you buy. Spend as much money as you can, or consider buying a used telescope.
1..Find out from the dealership whether your telescope is under warranty and for how long. You may want to purchase insurance if you intend to travel with your telescope.  
Tips: There are three types of telescopes: refractors, reflectors and a combination of the two. See Related Hows for specifics on the different types of telescopes.    

How to Sort a Row or Column in Excel

1.Start Microsoft Excel and open the file you want to change.
2.Drag over the two or more columns or rows that you want to sort.
3.Open the Data menu and select Sort. The Sort dialog box appears.
4.Select the Continue with the Current Selection option to sort a single column or row.
5.Select the Expand the Selection option to sort a series of columns or rows.
6.Choose Ascending or Descending to determine the sort order.
7.Click the Options button in the Sort dialog box.
8.Select "Sort top to bottom" in the Sort Options dialog box to sort a column.
9.Select "Sort left to right" in the Sort Options dialog box to sort a row.
1..Click OK in the Sort Options dialog box.
1..Click OK in the Sort dialog box. 
Tips: You can sort numbers and alphabetic characters.   

How to Plan an Outdoor Fish Pond

1.Consider the following before starting construction: Where will the pond go? You don't want to locate it under trees where you'll have leaves constantly falling in it, and worse, clogging the filter.
2.Make sure power and water sources are available.
3.Don't position your pond where it will be exposed to flooding. Be sure the area you choose is level and the soil has good drainage.
4.Keep in mind where tree roots will be in respect to your pond.
5.Know how big you want it to be. The smaller the pond, the more the outside temperature and weather conditions will affect it. Take advantage of the sun as much as possible to keep the pond warm. A stable pond in generally no less than 50 square surface feet. The depth should range between 18 and 24 inches. You'll have more maintenance issues with a pond more than 3 feet in depth.
6.Decide what shape you like. Your options are limited only by your imagination and budget. Look through some home and yard magazines for ideas.
7.Check the local building codes regarding ponds in your area. Some places require a fence to be constructed around ponds of certain depths. You may also need a building permit. Ask your dealer about the requirements in your community.
8.Be familiar with the electrical codes governing outdoor use of electricity and fixtures if you plan to have lighting.
9.Consider how long you want the pond to last, how much you want to spend on it, how good your installation resources are, and how available replacement materials are.
1..Remember that if you want to have fish, you'll need a mechanical filter to remove debris particles from the water, and a biological filter to help control nitrogen levels. 
A fish pond is very much like an aquarium. It requires a container and a filter, and you must treat the water before you add fish.
Install your pond in the spring to give the plants the optimum time to adjust to their new conditions.
When you bring your new fish home, wrap the plastic bag in something opaque, like a paper bag. This will reduce stress on the fish. Introduce the fish to its new environment slowly.
Equalize the water temperature by floating the fish in its bag in the pond. Add ½ cup of pond water to the bag water every half hour for an hour.