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House

House

House is a building that provides shelter, comfort, and protection for its inhabitants. Houses range in size from small cottages to huge mansions. Many rise two or more floors, and others spread in long, low lines across the ground. Houses vary greatly in appearance, depending on when and where they…

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Building Construction

Building Construction

Building construction. The construction of the homes and buildings in which people live and work has been a major industry ever since early human beings first made huts of sticks, mud, and rocks. Methods of building construction have been constantly improved since those first crude structures. India’s Taj Mahal required…

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IKEA

IKEA

IKEA is a home furnishings company known for its stylish and inexpensive furniture and home accessories. Many IKEA products come packed in flat boxes, requiring assembly. IKEA products are often examples of modernist design—that is, they are simple, functional, and visually interesting. IKEA began in Sweden, and many of its…

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Children's Home

Children’s Home

Children’s home is an institution that cares for homeless children. Such institutions are often called orphanages, especially in Eastern Europe, Asia, and less developed countries. Religious groups and government agencies provide funds for many children’s homes. Children cared for in a children’s home may be left alone after both their…

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Home Guard

Home Guard

was a force raised in the United Kingdom in 1940 to supplement the regular armed forces during World War II (1939-1945). The guard members’ duties were to defend the territory near their homes, to guard against parachute invaders, and to hold strategic points. The Home Guard consisted mainly of volunteers….

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Parent-Teacher Organizations

Parent-Teacher Organizations

Parent-teacher organizations are volunteer groups that work to improve the education, health, and safety of children and youth in local communities. They encourage close cooperation between home and school to achieve this goal. Parent-Teacher Associations, called PTA’s or PTO’s (Parent-Teacher Organizations), are the most numerous and active of these groups…

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