conversations at the dinner table.

Chris Parkton, a Missouri reader, says her family spends time each day sharing a fact each person has learned.

"It need not be an important fact," Chris says, "but it has to be a fact!" As a result, she says, family members sometimes scramble for the encyclopedia before dinner. (Learning to meet a deadline is its own kind of learning.)

Chris says her family has had some wonderful discussions. "We have learned about cockroaches. We learned how armadillos are born in litters of four, all from the same egg. We also learned what a scud missile is and how it works."

Everyone enjoys coming up with a new fact to share. And, Chris says, their discussion over the dinner table "sometimes prompts us to do more research on the subject, too."

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