The Maya

The Maya Run Slideshow

One of the greatest mysteries of ancient history is what caused most of Maya civilization – best known for its magnificent palaces and uncannily accurate calendar – to come to an abrupt end in A.D. 800 after centuries of splendor. In this issue, The Maya, kids will explore this highly advanced culture, perhaps coming up with their own theories about what befell it. They’ll learn about the Mayas’ incredible grasp of math and astronomy, which they used to predict eclipses and even calculate the length of Venus’ orbit around the Sun. The daily life of most rural Maya, for kids, is also detailed: Life for peasants was simple but productive – most were farmers who lived in family groupings – while nobles and the wealthy draped themselves in gold jewelry and lived in bustling cities.

But over time, this sophisticated civilization began to decline due to civil unrest, and although they put up a good fight when they encountered Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés in the 16th century, by the 1800s, the Maya empire was no more. Their culture, however, lives on in the six million modern Maya alive today, who live in rural parts of Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize, and who produce traditional arts and perform many of the age-old rituals. For kids interested in archaeology, a sidebar about the incredible talents of David Stuart, kid cryptographer, will have them eager to find their own lost empire to discover.

  • Love this website and Love Kids Discover Magazine… Thank you for providing such a unique and positive publication for our children.

    Patricia S.

  • My son is a big fan of your magazine... In the days of non-stop TV and Video games, magazines like yours are a breath of fresh air!

    GM

  • Kids Discover is a wonderful resource for teaching nonfiction genre!

    Kelly Z.

  • Kids Discover is such a wonderful resource for my classroom. My students enjoy reading about all the interesting topics.

    James P.

  • Great magazine! Loaded with activities and great information. Written at a level that many ages can comprehend.

    Douglas W.

  • My kids LOVE the magazine - has been a great start point on research for papers and science fair projects!

    Gail V.

  • We love Kids Discover. We devour every issue cover-to-cover as soon as it hits our mailbox.

    Christena I.

  • Kids Discover magazines have been an indispensable tool for me. They have amazing text features with colorful illustrations and photos and very well written articles.

    Susannah S.

  • My boys and I love this magazine. It's loaded with great information and facts. We used it as a reference tool for home schooling last year.

    Julie J.

  • My son counts the days until the next issue arrives! He is so curious about everything and these magazines give him such rich content to enjoy. Thank you!

    Carolyn P.

 
x

Save 30% days only!

use coupon code SPR14