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Create “Heart Art” Animals Everyone can learn to draw. Learning to draw is mainly learning to see shapes. Here is a fun way to practice training your eye to see shapes. Choose a shape to focus on such as a circle or oval. Begin experiment-

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The Kingdom Of Sweden • Sweden is located in a region called Scandinavia in Northern Europe. It shares a border with Finland to the east and Norway to the west and is connected to Denmark by a bridge-tunnel across the Øresund. • The official name of Sweden is “The Kingdom of Sweden.” It is the 3rd largest European Union country in terms of land area. • The north of Sweden earned itself the name of “The Land of the Midnight Sun” due to the sun never setting in summer months from May until mid-July. Even in the southern parts of Sweden, summer nights can be as short as 4 hours. In the fall and spring, Sweden is famous for the appearance of the Northern Lights, causing streaks of color in the late night sky in the north of the country. All types of skiing and snow activities abound in this region. • Sweden was the first country in Europe to create national parks. There are 28 national parks, as well as many nature preserves and wildlife sanctuaries. • Vikings (meaning “pirate” in an old Norse language) were a part of Sweden’s history. These sailors explored land and trade, as well as causing raids on foreign territories. In fact, all the Tsars of Russia until the last one, Nicholas II, were of Swedish Viking descent. • Sweden once ruled Finland and Norway, but lost control of Finland to Napoleon in 1809. The king at this time was forced to give up his throne as punishment. Sweden stopped electing kings in 1544, when the parliament changed. The crown was passed down through the king’s descendents from that point on. • Sweden is one of the least populated countries in Europe, with a population of approximately 9.5 million. • During the 1930’s, Sweden developed a welfare system known as “The Swedish Model”. This new system meant Swedes had access to publicly financed health care, child care, schools, elder care, help for the unemployed, and at least 5 weeks paid vacation per year. • There are 349 members of the Swedish parliament, called the Riksdag, and they appoint the next prime minister by voting. Even though there is still a king in Sweden, he has largely ceremonial duties and govern-

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Staying Safe In The Winter! Winter is a really fun time of year — it's great to have snowball fights, build snowmen, and construct igloos. But while you're out having fun, you have to know how to be safe. When it's cold outside and you're not prepared, you can feel uncomfortable or even rotten. Lucky for you, learning how to stay safe is easy! Dressing in layers is the best way to stay warm in the cold, because you can start out with lots of clothes to keep you warm and then peel them off once you start to heat up. Depending on where you live and how cold it is, some kids may need more layers, some less. But if you're in doubt, go for more layers to start and they can always come off later. (Whatever you do, always leave your coat on - that's one layer that should stay!) For your top half, start by putting on a long-sleeved undershirt (thermal or woolen). Then put on a turtleneck, one or two shirts, a sweater, and a coat. For your bottom half, put on long underwear first (thermal or woolen), then pull on a pair of heavy pants. Try to avoid jeans or light cotton pants (like khakis), because they won't keep you warm. They will actually make your legs and behind colder if you fall down and get wet. Waterproof pants (like ski pants) are best. Finish up with heavy socks and waterproof boots. If you're going to be doing a lot of running around, you'll want to wear boots that have good tread for keeping you steady on snowy and icy areas. You're all bundled up and ready to go so put a hat onto your head! You'll stay much warmer with a hat than without one - body heat escapes right from your head. Scarves, facemasks, and earmuffs are also great at covering you up so you'll stay comfortable longer. Don't forget mittens or gloves. The waterproof kind are the best if you know you'll be playing around a lot in the snow. Keeping your hands warm and dry is important because fingers are very sensitive to the cold. Drink lots of fluids. When you're outside in the cold and breathing hard, you lose a lot of your body's water through your breath. The best way to get that water back is to drink it! Warm drinks and soups keep you hydrated and heat up your insides when it's cold outside. Plus, stopping for a moment to have something warm to drink has another bonus: it makes you go inside and get warm while you're drinking! Sometimes if you're out having fun, it's easy to forget to pay attention to your body. But if your body temperature drops even 4 or 5 degrees while you're outside, it can make you feel horrible. That's why you need to be alert to your body's signals. If you're starting to shiver or your teeth are chattering, it's a message from your body that you need to head inside. Or if you ever feel dizzy or weak, those are sure signs that you have to take it easy indoors for a while.

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Keeping an eye on other kids can help make things safe. If it looks like a friend is shivering and really cold, suggest that you take a break inside together. You can both warm up while playing a game or watching TV and then head back outside for more fun. If you're outside on a very cold day and you're not wearing enough protective clothing, you could be in danger of getting frostbite. Frostbite is when the body's tissues freeze, and it usually happens to skin that is exposed (like your face or your ears) or to parts of the body like your fingers or toes. If you're playing it safe in the cold - by wearing heavy clothes, socks, and mittens, and by taking breaks inside when you think you need them, you probably won't have any problem with frostbite. But if you're ever outside and you can't feel your fingers, toes, cheeks, ears, or nose, it may be a sign of frostbite. (Even if it's not frostbite, it's a sign that you should go inside anyway.) Sometimes frostbite can make these body parts hurt or feel hard when you touch them. It can also make the skin on these parts look shiny or pale. If you think even for a second that you might have frostbite, go indoors and tell an adult right away. Once you're inside, an adult should call your doctor. While you’re waiting, wiggle the part as much as you can. This will make more blood go to the area. If it's possible, hold the part against another area of your body that's warm, like holding your fingers on your stomach. Finally, if you ever think you have frostbite, never stick the frostbitten part in hot water or hold something hot against it. Putting the part in warm water is alright, just be sure you have an adult check the temperature first. Keeping safe in the winter is easy to do, once you know how. You want your snow day and other cold days to be the most fun they can be, so put on those layers, wear your hat and gloves, have something warm to drink, and go have fun in the snow!

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Love Birds There are nine species of lovebirds - 8 of them come from Africa, the remaining one from Madagascar. Their names are GrayHeaded, Red-Faced, Black-Winged, Black-Collared, Peach-Faced, Fischer’s, Masked, Black-Cheeked and Nyasa. The Red-Faced lovebird has a wide geographic range from West Africa across most of the continent. The others are in fairly restricted areas of only one country. Lovebirds get their name from their habit of sitting close together and preening each other. They can however, be aggressive toward other birds. Lovebirds are small, stocky versions of parrots, in fact they are one of the smallest parrots in the world. They have a large hooked upper beak and a short, blunt tail. Lovebirds live approximately 15 years. They grow to be 5-7.5 inches in length and average 1.5 to 2.5 ounces in weight. Their voice apparatus allows a wide range of articulations, including the imitation of the human voice. Although they are not known to be great talkers and some never learn to talk at all. Many lovebirds are green, although color mutations can feature many different colors. Some lovebird species, like the Black-masked Lovebirds, Fischer's, black cheeked, and the yellow-collared lovebird, have a white ring around the eye.

Some lovebirds primarly live in highland forests, while others inhabit lowland evergreen forests and still others inhabit plateaus and grasslands. The species have very little or no overlap in territory. Their diet in the wild is mainly grass seed, but also eat other seeds, fruits, berries, and leaf buds. Larger flocks of lovebirds may raid crops such as rice and millet. One species, the BlackCollared lovebird, feeds almost exclusively on figs. Depending on the species and the time of year, birds may form small flocks or large flocks numbering 100 or more. Strictly diurnal, (active by day) flocks move about during the day looking for food, sometimes over many miles, but return to favorite roosting sites for the night. The red-faced lovebird usually sleeps hanging upside down. Lovebirds make lively and energetic pet birds. They are cheerful, vocal, with a high-pitched screech. They like being in close contact with each other, are active, and enjoy bathing. Whether they were raised by their parents or raised by humans, lovebirds will usually determine on their own if they enjoy sitting on your shoulder or hand. They're usually very steady birds, but they can give a painful bite when frightened during handling. Lovebirds should not be kept as single birds.

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The Great Barrier Reef Did you know that astronauts can see the Great Barrier Reef from space? The Great Barrier Reef is the largest structure built by living organisms on the Earth today. This region is also the world’s largest group of coral reefs. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park covers an area of 133,360 square miles and stretches 1,430 miles along the Queensland Coast. It is found in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia. There are three main types of reefs found on the Great Barrier Reef. They are Ribbon, Platform and Fringing reefs. Ribbon reefs only occur in the northern part. They form along the edge of the continental shelf and can grow so high they form narrow walls. Platform reefs are also known as patch reefs and are scattered in the calm, shallow waters between the mainland and the edge of the continental shelf. They are usually round or oval patches and tend to be broken up. Fringing reefs are coral structures that are attached to the mainland or to continental islands. In the Great Barrier Reef most of the fringing reefs are found around islands.

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