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ChillKids

February 2015

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That’s easy. LEDs use less energy, last longer and are more durable than traditional bulbs. LED bulbs are also versatile, which means they can be used for a lot of different stuff. Today, LEDs can be found in everything from TVs to traffic lights!

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Many of today’s LED bulbs are between six to seven times more energy efficient than regular bulbs. That’s because regular bulbs release most of their energy as heat, while LEDs release barely any heat at all.

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Welcome February! Happy Valentine's Day! Valentine's Day reminds us to let the people we love know how much we appreciate them. Have fun making cards and writing Valentine's Day poems for your family, teachers, and friends! February is Black History Month, also known as African American History Month. Read books about African American heroes and be inspired! Parents and teachers can visit africanamericanhistorymonth.gov for teacher resources. Find more online resources on page 12. We have a lot to SMILE about in February because it's National Children's Dental Health Month! Read on page 10 about how to take care of your teeth and keep your smile beautiful. We'll also check out some strange and fascinating teeth in the animal world (page 11). It has been cold here in the North Carolina Triangle lately, but not nearly as cold as it is in the North Pole! Read about the amazing adventures of Matthew Henson, an African-American explorer who was a co-discoverer of the North Pole in 1909 (page 4). Even in the cold weather, there are lots of fun ways to get the family together for fun and exercise! On page 14 you'll find ideas to motivate your family to have fun staying healthy and fit: go for a hike on the local trails in Chapel Hill, Durham, Hillsborough or Raleigh, go bowling, sign up for gymnastics classes, , have a jump roping contest, go sledding or tubing (if we get some snow), or play some music and dance! When you want to relax inside, have fun with a parent or grandparent and complete the Kids Across, Parents Down Crossword puzzle and Math-a-Muse math puzzles together. Can you guess what the picture on the dot-to-dot puzzle will be (page 8)? Go to the library and check out some great books! Have a fabulous February!

NATIONAL DENTAL HEALTH MONTH ARE YOUR TEETH “SUPER” HEALTHY? DO YOU TAKE CARE OF THEM LIKE A “HERO”? Take our quiz to see if you are doing everything you can to have a super strong and healthy smile!! 1) Do you brush your teeth twice a day? YES

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3) Do you only drink water and milk? YES NO

2) Do you floss your teeth once a day?

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4) Do you eat fruits and veggies instead of candy? YES

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5) Do you go to the dentist twice a year for a check-up? YES NO If you answered yes to all of these questions then you are a super hero at taking care of your teeth. If you answered no to any question then you may have a little work to do. It’s ok, just try hard everyday to make good, healthy choices, brush and floss daily and remember to see your dentist regularly! Keep working hard! You can do it!

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Heroes of History: Matthew Henson, African-American North Pole Explorer

Most scientists agree that Admiral Robert E. Peary, along with his assistant,

accomplished African-American explorer Matthew A. Henson, and four Inuit guides were the first people to reach the North Pole. Peary and Henson had come near the North Pole several times before. They finally reached it on April 6, 1909. Henson planted the U.S. flag and said, “We are first.” Freezeberg

In 1906, President Roosevelt awarded the Hubbard Medal to Peary for reaching the farthest point north, 175 miles (282 km) from the Pole. Inuit people had lived in the Arctic region near the North Pole for thousands of years, but some think it unlikely they ventured all the way to the North Pole because of its distance from the open water where the Inuit hunted and fished.

Having come close to reaching the North Pole three years before, Peary and Henson set out again in 1909.

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On April 6, Henson was acting as the trailbreaker, traveling ahead of the other members of the expedition. When Henson’s compass began to act strangely, he stopped and waited for the rest of the group. He had arrived at a point, which according to his latitude and longitude measurements, was the North Pole. Though he arrived 45 minutes ahead of Peary, for years Peary was generally regarded as the first person to reach the North Pole.

De-code the puzzle to find some of the valuable skills that Matthew Henson brought with him on his explorations. Fill in the blanks above each symbol with the corresponding letter.

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Start in the space with the star. Follow the compass clues in the explorer’s notebook. To which silly destination do they lead?

Henson’s parents died when he was a young boy. At age 12, he went to sea working as a cabin boy. Eventually, Henson got a job working as a clerk in Washington, D.C. and met Robert E. Peary. In 1888, Peary hired Henson to be his personal assistant on an expedition to Nicaragua. After that, Peary hired Henson to join him on his next expeditions to the Arctic. Henson and Peary went on seven voyages together over a period of nearly 23 years. Henson served as a navigator, carpenter, mechanic and craftsman, and he traded with Inuit and learned their language.

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Matthew Henson (center) and other members of Henson and Peary’s North Pole expedition, April 1909. Photo Credit: Robert Peary.

In 1944, Matthew Henson was awarded a Congressional medal for his work on the Peary expedition. In 1945 he received a medal from the U.S. Navy, and in 1954 he received an invitation from President Eisenhower and met the president at the White House. Henson died in 1955 (at the age of 88), but he was later awarded the Hubbard Medal (in 2000). “The Hubbard Medal is awarded for distinction in exploration, discovery, and research. Henson embodies what this award stands for. The honor is long overdue,” said National Geographic Society president John Fahey at the celebration. Use the secret code to discover the hidden words.

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Mrs. Lovecraft’s class made an amazing variety of Valentine hearts. Only two of them are exactly alike. Can you find them?

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The Largest Asteroid Doesn’t Quite Cut It As a Planet By Alex H. Kasprak National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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From a distance, Ceres might look a bit like any other planet you might see. It’s spherical, after all, and that’s one of the biggest requirements of planethood. But put it next to any other planet and you would quickly see that it is seriously tiny. It’s not even 1/5th the size of Mercury, which is the tiniest planet in the Solar System. This small size is one of the reasons why Ceres is classified as a dwarf planet.

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Still, amongst the other asteroids, Ceres is a giant. Because of this, it is considered both a dwarf planet and the largest asteroid—the only dwarf planet/asteroid in our solar system. It is also the closest dwarf planet to Earth. The others, including famed Pluto, are all near or beyond the orbit of Neptune.

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But it’s really hard to see. It’s tiny, after all, and it’s also not especially bright. We haven’t really had a chance to take a close look. That is about to change!

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After over seven years of travel, a trusty spacecraft named Dawn is fast approaching Ceres. It has already begun to take pictures. As it gets closer and closer, those pictures will become clearer and clearer. It has already revealed a cratered surface. By March, it will enter into orbit around Ceres, giving us all kinds of new information about this mysterious little world.

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ADMIRAL DISCOVERY INUIT ARCTIC CUBE RESEARCH COMPASS PATH CLERK MELTS AWARD MEDAL FLAG PYRAMID

Its location, floating amongst thousands of bits of other space rock in the Asteroid Belt, is another clue that it hasn’t reached full planethood. For a space object to be honored with the title ‘planet,’ it has to have enough gravity to clear away all the junk around it. But, alas, poor Ceres can’t muster that kind of gravitational strength.

When it does that, it will become the first spacecraft ever to visit a dwarf planet! Learn more about asteroids and other tiny worlds with a fact sheet from NASA’s Space Place! http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/posters/en/#solarsystem

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By Jan Buckner Walker

The Original Crossword Puzzle for Kids and Their Favorite Adults The across clues are for kids and the down clues are for grown-ups!

Kids Across 1. It's just trash 3. Basketball, baseball or 16. Every February, folks wait for this animal to a fun cell phone app come out and check 6. A pet rodent who runs the weather on a wheel to get his 17. Tongue-twister: It's a exercise hand-warmer you wear 7. The opposite of in winter receiving (which generous people do a 18. What you might call your mother's mother lot of)

5. Tangible show of love 9. Buddy of the blues (or any male buddy) 10. Rock on: It's the study of stones 11. The grip's on you: When wronged, you can hold one, but it gets you nowhere 12. Newt's cousin (or president, there have Parents Down Gordon of "Wall been two more with 1. Old school R&B band: Street") Kool and the _____ Divine giver of _____ 10. Most cars can't go 2. Hoped-for response to 13. (and one who receives anywhere without it a joke it from diners at 12. The golden award 3. One of the seven mealtime) Jennifer Hudson won distinctive features of Hawthorne's house (or 14. Spruce up yourself (or album your yorkie) Clark, dimpled star of 13. Lady _____ inspired "Gone with the Wind") 15. It often comes before people when she sang 4. What a former resident morning, afternoon is, necessarily and night "The Edge of Glory"

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Keep Your Smile Great: 5 Reasons to Visit the DENTIST FEBRUARY is National Children's Dental Health Month! You probably visit your doctor regularly to make sure you feel good and that you’re growing up healthy and strong, right? Yep! Well, regular visits to the dentist are just as important to make sure your teeth are in good health too! Your teeth help you eat and digest your food. They also help you speak and give you a great smile! Visiting the dentist is an easy thing to do, when your teeth do so much for you!

Dr. Clifton and Dr. Mauney remind us that there are By Evelyn B. Christensen, Ed.D. five important reasons why kids should make it a habit to visit their dentist regularly: 1. The dentist will show you how to take care of your teeth -- how to brush and how to floss -- so food and bacteria is not left in your mouth which may lead to painful cavities and irritated gums. 2. You’ll find out that what you eat affects your teeth and you’ll learn which foods and drinks are good for healthy teeth. 3. Regular visits to the dentist will ensure that your teeth are growing properly and your mouth and gums are healthy. 4. Dentists can instruct you the right time to be evaluated by an orthodontist, a dental specialist who can make sure your beautiful smile develops properly as you grow. 5. Finally, regular checkups will help you get and keep a great smile!

Dr. Lenise Clifton and Dr. Charles Mauney at center, with Clifton & Mauney Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry's friendly and helpful staff.

Husband and wife team Dr. Lenise Clifton and Dr. Charles Mauney (also affectionately known by his patients as Dr. Chuck) are the owners of Clifton & Mauney Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry (www.cliftonandmauney.com) in Chapel Hill, convenient to both Chapel Hill/Orange County and Durham, less than a mile from I-40.

Pointers for Healthy Teeth •It's important to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day! •The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a dental check-up at least twice a year for most children. Some children need more frequent dental visits because of increased risk of tooth decay, poor oral hygiene or unusual growth patterns.

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•When you visit the dentist, your mouth will be examined for overall oral health. Your teeth will be cleaned to remove plaque, which can lead to cavities and gum disease. After the cleaning, fluoride will be applied to the teeth to help protect and strengthen the weak areas against decay.

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•What does fluoride do? Cavities form when there is weakening in the mineral composition of the enamel of the tooth. Fluoride promotes the remineralization of these weak spots, helping to prevent cavities. •A well-balanced diet is important in preventing cavities and to ensure good general health. But cavities are not only the result of what you eat but also how often you have meals. Frequent snacking without brushing leaves food on the teeth longer and increases the likelihood of a cavity developing. Frequent "sipping" on sugar drinks (including juice) can cause dental cavities. •When playing sports, be sure to use a plastic mouth guard to protect your teeth, lips, cheeks and gums from sports-related injuries.

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Amazing Animal Teeth February is Dental Health Month, so it’s a good month for reminders about brushing, flossing, eating right and doing everything to take care of your teeth. Of course, people aren’t the only ones with teeth. The animal kingdom is full of animals with weird and sometimes terrifying teeth. Here are just a few. What would you do if you saw these in your neighborhood?

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Yawning Hippo Photo: Jon Connell

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by Ezra Jack Keats The Snowy Day captures the magic of the first snowfall with charming simplicity and universal appeal. The story follows the adventures of a little boy (Peter) in the city on a very snowy day, and paints the pictures of a child's wonder at a new world, and the hope of capturing and keeping that wonder forever. (1963 Caldecott Medal Winner).

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Reading Rockets readingrockets.org/calendar/blackhistory The Reading Rockets site celebrates Black History Month with classroom activities, book recommendations, guides to black history and information about writers, illustrators and storytellers.

African American World for Kids pbskids.org/aaworld/ Join Aiesha at African American World for Kids at pbskids.org, where you can play a game matching African American heroes with the events that made them famous.

Stories from the Kid Press Corps scholastic.com/browse/collection.jsp?id=706 The Kid Reporters from the Scholastic Kids Press Corps have a page of features to celebrate Black History Month. Stories range from the anniversary of the Freedom Rides and interviews to book reviews and movie reviews.

On bowling when you book your Child’s Birthday Party The Mardi Gras Bowling Center Falconbridge Shoppping Center 6118-A Farrington Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27517 (919) 489-1230 www.MardiGrasBowling.com

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ANIMAL KINGDOM

Penguins Penguins are found on every continent in the southern hemisphere. There are 17 different species of penguins! Most penguins live in Antarctica, while others live on the shores of South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, on the coasts of South America, and on the Galapagos Islands of the Pacific.

An Emperor penguin keeping his baby warm.

The Emperor penguin is the largest penguin species. Emperor penguins grow to be four feet tall and weigh up to 60 pounds. Emperor penguins live in the Antarctic.

The female Emperor penguin lays one egg, and the male penguin tucks the egg between his legs on top of his feet, under a flap of his belly. The male keeps the egg warm until it hatches, which takes about 64 days. He is very careful not to drop the egg. The male Emperor penguins huddle together to keep warm. Temperatures are as low as -70ºF!

While the male Emperor penguin takes care of the egg, the mother penguin makes the long journey back to the sea to find food. When she returns, it is time for the baby to hatch, or it may have already hatched by the time the mother penguin returns. Then the male penguin heads for the sea to eat. He has fasted (had no food) while keeping the egg warm for more than two months! Some of the other penguin species can lay more than one egg. For example, the Adélie penguin lays one or two eggs. Before laying the eggs, the female and male Adélie penguins make a nest by gathering stones in their beaks and making them into a pile. Like the Emperor penguin, the male Adélie penguin guards the nest while the female journeys to the sea to find food. The female returns after two weeks and then changes places with the male, taking her spot on the nest. They will switch places one more time, before the baby penguins hatch from the eggs. Male and female adult Adélie penguins look alike; they both have a black tail that looks like a tuxedo! Penguins are birds, but they don’t fly in the air. They spend most of their life "flying" under water! They can swim at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour. Their wings are flippers, which help them dive. They can dive 30 feet underwater before returning to the surface of the sea. Sometimes, they come out of the sea with such speed and power that they soar into the air, like porpoises. When they are on land, penguins stand up like a person and waddle around. Sometimes they lay on their bellies and use their flippers and feet like oars to row around on the ice — this is called tobogganing.

©Vicki Whiting

The number on each ice cube is the sum of the numbers on the two ice cubes in the row below it. Can you figure out the missing numbers? Quick! Grab your pencil and get to work before the Ice Cube Pyramid melts!

(Puzzle answers on p. 10.)

A group of Adélie penguins in Antarctica, Creative Commons.

To learn more, families may enjoy watching documentary movies about penguins, including The March of the Penguins (2005), and Adventures of the Penguin King (2013). Penguins in Antarctica have black backs and white stomachs, which helps them regulate their body temperature.

When they are cold, they face their backs toward the sun to help warm themselves; if they feel warm they turn their white stomachs toward the sun, which reflects the heat and helps them cool down.

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FUN & GAMES

Keeping Kids Active During the Winter Months If we get some snow, (remember the big snow storm last year in mid-February?), find an ideal hill for sledding or tubing. Climbing back up the hill after each run is great exercise!

When the weather turns cold and it gets dark early, keeping kids active can take some creativity. Here are some ideas for keeping your family moving all winter long: 1. Discover Indoor Facilities Visit an indoor pool, ice skating rink or basketball court at a local gym, school, or community center. Sign your child up for classes at Chapel Hill Gymnastics (see page 7). Go for an outing to Mardi Gras Bowling (see page 12). Bowling is fun for the whole family and it's a great way to get indoor exercise together with your kids.

5. Visit a Zoo or a Farm Zoos and farms are fun winter destinations for learning how life changes through the seasons. Kids can also learn how animals are taken care of during winter. 6. Sign Up for Active Classes Enroll your child in an instructional group class. Try dancing, gymnastics, martial arts, fencing, indoor swimming lessons - anything that will get your child excited about staying active.

2. Dance, Dance, Dance! Encourage your child to choose the music, then crank it up and dance away! March, box step, bounce, spin, shake it ‌ it's a great way to burn calories. Sign up for classes at Triangle Youth Ballet (www.triangleyouthballet.org). 3. Take it Outside Even in the winter we have lots of warm days here in Chapel Hill, Durham and the North Carolina Triangle, so get the whole family outside for a walk in the neighborhood, a hike at a nearby nature area, or just go to your favorite playground for some fresh air! Visit www.chillkids.com to find local hiking areas in Chapel Hill, Durham, and Hillsborough.

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4. Hit the Trails for Outdoor Winter Sports Have a family adventure and visit the North Carolina or Virginia mountains for snow trekking, skiing, snowboarding, or tubing with the kids for a fun aerobic workout.

Alpacas live high in the mountains where it is very cold. They have soft, warm fur to keep them warm. Help the baby alpaca find its mother.

7. Find Middle Ground Pry kids away from the TV and video games by establishing a weekends-only rule (and keep them so busy having active fun on the weekends that they won't even miss the TV and video time!) If kids do watch TV or play video games, set time limits, and encourage your children to take a break from the screen and do jumping jacks, sit-ups, and pushups. Have your own informal jump-roping Olympics -- see who can set your family's jump-roping record!

A is for Alpaca a is for alpaca Learning Buddies: Read the two phrases aloud. Have your child read with you. Trace the uppercase and lowercase letter A. Say the letter as you trace it.

How many words or pictures can you find on this page that start with the A sound like the word alpaca? How many How many

ants

? ?

alpacas

How many

? avocados

Learning Buddies: Trace and say the number. Read the questions. Touch and count to find the answers.

Learning Buddies: Read the first part of the sentence aloud. Ask your child to think of a way to finish the sentence. Write your child's words in the lines. Read the entire sentences to your child while pointing out that reading is done from left to right. Older children may want to trace all or some of the letters in the sentence.

ŠVicki Whiting

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Newly released from the Disney vault, get ready for a fun-filled adventure with Disney's animated classic, 101 Dalmatians. Pongo, Perdita and their super-adorable puppies are in for thrills, spills and an epic action-packed adventure when they face off with the fiendish villainess, Cruella De Vil. When Cruella dognaps all of the Dalmatian puppies in London, brave animal heroes launch a daring plan to save all puppies from Cruella’s clutches! Unleash all the excitement and suspense of Disney’s beloved classic 101 Dalmatians!

When a diabolical pirate steals the secret Krabby Patty formula, SpongeBob and his friends must travel to the surface in order to get it back. The only way to stop a super-villain is to become a superhero, and SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy (squirrel), Mr. Krabs, and even Squidward rise to the occasion in this action-packed, slapstick 3D SpongeBob adventure.

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If you want your child to have fun, inspiring science experiences during the summer, register your child for Summer Science Camps at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. Morehead members receive discounts on all Summer Science Camps. Camps for Chapel Hill are listed here -- check Morehead's website to see additional camps based at our Research Triangle Park site. grades k–1

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Magic Tree House Explorers

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LEGO Create

Powerpalooza

Powerpalooza

My Place in Space

My Place in Space

Mission Critical

Dig It!

Sticky, Slimy, Stinky Toy Workshop

Mission Critical

Dig It!

Sticky, Slimy, Stinky Toy Workshop

LEGO Robotics

LEGO Robotics

Water Works Water Works

Sounds of Science

Sounds of Science

Astronomical Astronomical Adventures Adventures

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Fun and Games

LEGO Create

LEGO Create

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Powerpalooza

Magic Tree House Explorers

Magic Tree House Explorers

Sky Tales

Sky Tales

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Ocean Explorers

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Bugs!

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My Place in Space

My Place in Space

Dig It!

Dig It!

Sticky, Slimy, Stinky Toy Workshop

Sticky, Slimy, Stinky Toy Workshop

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