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Caring Is the New Smart Ask parents what they want their kids to be, and you’re sure to hear “healthy and happy.” But what comes next on their priority list? The results of a new survey by educational psychologist Michele Borba show that most of us would rather raise the next Mother Teresa than the next Albert Einstein. What do you want for your child? If you had to predict the typical parent’s wish list, you might (safely) assume “healthy and happy” tops the list. But what would come next? Parenting expert Michele Borba, Ed.D., says the answers might not be what you’d expect. In the new “Joys of Motherhood Survey” Borba conducted in conjunction with Parents Magazine, 2,140 mothers rated the top 10 traits that they’d like their own children to possess. The participants were asked to rank traits that ranged from spiritual and secure to moral and confident. Results of the study were more than a little surprising. Here are the 10 traits, in order of the percentage of moms who rated them as very important: Healthy 98%, Happy 97%, Secure 95%, Caring 94%, Confident 94%, Moral 91%, Resilient 66%, Smart 65%, Social 61%, Spiritual 52% “It’s no surprise that healthy and happy topped the list,” says Borba, author of the new book The Big Book of Parenting Solutions: 101 Answers to Your Everyday Challenges and Wildest Worries. “What is interesting is that more moms rated secure, caring, confident and moral as ‘very important’ than they did smart.” In light of our culture’s emphasis on succeeding in a competitive academic and business world, Borba says it’s both unexpected and refreshing to see that parents care more about their children having a strong, solid character than they do about them being a shoe-in for valedictorian or having a future in the Ivy Leagues. And the survey, which is included in the introduction to her new book, seems to suggest just that. “Of course parents want their children to do well in life,” she continues. “That’s a given. But it’s nice to see that they understand the importance of raising a child who is a good, well-rounded person — not just a brainiac who can make the grade. After all, there are plenty of successful people — CEOs and enterprising entrepreneurs — who didn’t have the highest IQ scores or degrees from top academic institutions.” Even more important, stresses Borba, is that today’s parents are realizing that happiness isn’t all about the prestigious diploma or the paycheck you earn. “Happy adults are the ones who are confident being themselves, who care about others and have others who care about them,” she concludes. “And this study shows us that moms and dads want to raise their kids to be good people, to be happy and to be contributors to the world around them. In a time when bad news is more common than good, it’s nice to see a shining glimmer of hope for our future generations — all thanks to the people who are raising them.”
Kids Who Care: Six Research-Based Tips for Raising Confident, Caring Kids From Michele Borba, author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions: 101 Answers to Your Everyday Challenges and Wildest Worries Caring counts. Most parents instinctively want their children to develop a strong moral character and to care about others. “Caring is the trait that helps sensitize our children to different points of view, and it increases their awareness of others’ ideas and opinions,” notes Borba. “It also enhances empathy, which is the foundation of moral behavior. Kids who care will grow into adults who have the skills they need to live successfully in our diverse, multicultural, 21st-century world.” The good news is there’s plenty parents can do to bring out and encourage the natural empathy that exists in our kids. Ready to get started? Strike the right balance of love and limits. Research shows that the best formula for raising kids who are less selfish and more considerate has two equal parts: unconditional love and firm limits. So ask yourself, Is my parenting evenly balanced between the two parts? Be the change you want to see. What makes kind and considerate kids? Kind and considerate parents! The simplest and most powerful way kids learn behaviors like kindness and consideration is by seeing them in action. Make sure you are the model you want your child to copy. Introduce them to their feelings. Before your kids can become sensitive to the feelings of others, they have to be able to correctly identify emotional states in themselves. Developing emotional intelligence in your child can be as simple as regularly posing the question, How do you feel? Make caring mandatory. Your children are desperate for your approval, and they want to please you by meeting your expectations of them. Kids tend to work only as hard as they have to in order to meet the standards that are set for them, so it’s important to set the bar high from the get-go. Don’t miss the teachable moments. The best moments to teach your kids about caring are usually not planned — they just happen. When you see someone doing a good deed, acting selflessly, or showing compassion, point it out to your child. Explain to him what the person is doing and how that is an example of the behavior you expect from her. Manage their mainstream media exposure. Know what your kids are watching and listening to: protecting them from cruel and degrading images should be a top priority. The more they see and hear, the more desensitized they become to hurtful language and harmful behaviors that the media may portray as funny or cool. Protect their empathetic development by limiting television viewing, monitoring online browsing and policing their iPods.
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Dear Kids, November has got to be one of the greatest months! Fall is in full swing, the leaves are piling up and Thanksgiving is around the corner! Thanksgiving is one of my absolute favorite holidays. Although no presents are involved, I get to spend the whole day with my family, play games like football and Frisbee® with my cousins and eat lots of great food! I also like to do a little craft project with my family. I use construction paper to make a tree shape and cut out leaves in different colors. When my family shows up for Thanksgiving dinner, they all pick a leaf and write something that they are thankful for, along with their name. Then we have a reminder of what the day is all about! In addition to Thanksgiving, we also have Election Day and Veterans Day in November. Both of these holidays are very important to our country. The freedoms that our country enjoys, such as Election Day, are due to the many sacriﬁces made by the veterans of our country. Have a wonderful month!
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A Taste of Thanksgiving Every year, Thanksgiving is celebrated throughout the United States on the fourth Thursday in November. Usually it is celebrated by families getting together and sharing a large meal. It is a national holiday, so schools and most businesses are closed so their employees can spend time with their families, too. Thanksgiving is a time when families give thanks for each other and for the blessings they have had during the year. Most people in the United States celebrate Thanksgiving Day with traditional meals. Usually this means a large turkey, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 45 million turkeys are cooked and eaten in the U.S. at Thanksgiving — that’s one sixth of all turkeys sold in the U.S. each year. The original Thanksgiving included “wild fowl,” which may have been wild turkey, duck or goose. The Indians also contributed venison (deer meat) to the meal. The meal also included squash, beans, salad greens and a type of corn bread. Whether you eat turkey or tofurkey (a vegetarian dish), the importance of the day is in sharing a meal with your family and those you love. You are probably familiar with the story of the ﬁrst Thanksgiving. Reading the story again helps us realize the hardships that the ﬁrst settlers of America faced, and how fortunate we are today. The Pilgrims arrived in America on the ship the Mayﬂower
Did you know that there is a World Championship Punkin’ Chunkin’ contest? It is held the ﬁrst full weekend in November in Bridgeville, Delaware, and has been going on for 24 years! Adult and youth teams compete to see who can throw pumpkins the farthest!
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in 1620. They had ﬂed England so that they could worship and live free. Many of them were sick from the long trip. The winter was very harsh, and sickness and hunger killed half of them during the ﬁrst year. But by the fall of 1621, things were much better. They had planted seeds earlier in the year and had a good harvest. They had a peace treaty with the Wampanoag Indians and could hunt in the woods without fear. Two Native Americans, Squanto and Samoset, helped the Pilgrims by teaching them how to fertilize crops and showing them the best places to catch ﬁsh and eel. The Pilgrims were eating better and were healthier. To celebrate the plentiful harvest, the Pilgrims held a celebration and, according to legend, invited their Indian neighbors. There were three days of celebrations, including dancing, target shooting and games of skill and chance. After this ﬁrst Thanksgiving celebration, the custom spread to other colonies, which celebrated on various dates. The ﬁrst national Thanksgiving Day was proclaimed by President George Washington and was celebrated on Nov. 26, 1789. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln made it an annual holiday and established the date as the last Thursday in November. In 1941, Congress declared it to be celebrated each year on the fourth Thursday of November. Kidsville News! would love to see how you celebrate Thanksgiving. Send us your drawings, poetry and artwork and share your thoughts about Thanksgiving.
November 10 is National Young Readers Day! This day was established by Pizza Hut and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress to remind us all of the importance of reading, especially for kids. November is National American Indian Heritage Month. Take the time to learn more about Native Americans.
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On November 1, at the Day of the Dead Kite Festival in Santiago Sacatepequez, people use kites to communicate with the spirits of the deceased. It is believed that the deceased relatives communicate through the wind and the movements of the kites. Families ﬂy kites constructed of cloth, colored paper, bamboo and wire. The kites come in all sizes, from eight to 30 feet. They are beautifully decorated and are brightly colored. There is a prize for the best design. Sometimes the kites are ﬂown from cemeteries.
November 1-2 is the Day of the Dead in Mexico. “Dead Men’s Bread,” round loaves decorated with sugar skulls, are sold in bakeries. The dead are remembered with friendliness and humor, not mourning. People also visit the graves of their loved ones and decorate them.
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In Japan, November 15 is Shichi-go-san. Sichigo-san, meaning Seven-Five-Three, is a special time when parents take their boys that are ages three and ﬁve and girls that are ages three and seven to shrines dressed in their best kimonos. They pray for the health and growth of the children. The children are given long candies in bags decorated with turtles and cranes, which are symbols of longevity. The odd numbers of three, ﬁve and seven are considered lucky.
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P Kangaroos are known for hopping and bouncing on their E Y U N W J A M Y C E U Z CORNUCOPIA Z H F Q E W hind legs. There are several differnet types of kangaroos, but the D E I E X M FALL M W T R C I C K H eastern gray kangaroo, the western gray kangaroo and the red D U P S Y FAMILY F A I P Y M B E R P E V O N O kangaroo are the most common. Some kangaroos are also called K FRIENDS G P Q E T E S Q X T B C O N NOVEMBER U D I Q N A J N wallabies. U T M F L Z D M T N T PIE A E S I R T Kangaroos are found in Australia and V S N I Z H Z PILGRIMS W L E T V U Z K R W G S Q New Guinea, and a few species exist in I Y D PUMPKIN L U C E R H X Y G O G G S THANKSGIVING NewF Zealand. T L X X Y Y L I M A C S L T W I are theyTURKEY N L A W P O Why such good bouncers and Z K V Q F O I F A R D H E E H Q hoppers? F P T N I L Because of their long powerful Z I G P Q A X Y L R T O T A hindMlegs J and large feet that are perfect for R N M J U G M H R D A Y J J These children enjoyed O P QAnd they can hop really fast! Did S I Q Y Tleaping. P A T L Q G B A U a visit from Kidsville I C you know that kangaroos can reach up to News, Truman the 44 miles per hour? They use their thick long tails for balance. Large kangaDragon at Four County EMC’s annual meeting in roos even use their tail as aVoted #1 in Insurance! third leg when they are standing still. Although LACY WEST-THOMAS INSURANCE AGENCY Bladen County they have long legs and large bodies, their heads are small, with big ears.
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Save the whales! Save the Cuban Crocodile! Don’t forget the White Tiger! There are so many endangered animals. About 5,000 animals go on the endangered species list and at least one animal becomes extinct every year. Once an animal disappears there is nothing we can do to bring it back! We surveyed 300 students 2nd-8th grade and asked them what global issues bothered them the most. Over half of them felt endangered species were one of the most important global issues we face. According to the National Wildlife Website www.nwf.org the top 5 most endangered species are: 1. The Black Rhino 4. The Beluga Whale 2. The Giant Panda 5. The Goldenseal 3. The Tiger Sea turtles are also on the endangered list. One of the largest influences to the decrease of the sea turtle population is human impact. There are things we (you and I) can do right here at home to help protect sea turtles. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. LUMBERTON
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If you want to find out more ways to help, check out www.seaturtleproject.org. Hear are some activities we have for you about all endangered animals. 1. With your classmates, list three things you think of that may lead to the extinction of an animal. 1. 2. 3. 2. Name at least one thing YOU can do that might help save an animal from extinction? Send your answers and ideas to us at Kidsville News! At firstname.lastname@example.org or at PO Box 15944 – Wilmington, NC 28408. We can’t wait to hear from you! Keep using your voice, kidsville
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What’s It LIke to Be... a sChooL ResoURCe oFFICeR? Have you ever noticed police at your school or at middle and high schools in your area and wondered what they are doing there? In some school systems there are special police officers called school resource officers. They help make sure that the school is a safe place for students and teachers. I had the opportunity to meet School Resource Officer Chris Palme. He has been a school resource officer for almost a year with the Lee County Schools Special Police in Sanford, N.C. Keep reading to learn more about what he does! TRUMAN: What does it take to become a school resource officer? PALME: In order to become a school resource officer you must pass basic law enforcement academy (Police Academy). You must learn about the law and also about schools and students. I went to college in Greensboro, NC and studied Criminal Justice and English in order to prepare myself for a career in law enforcement. Education is only one step becoming a successful and effective law enforcement officer. You must be responsible, honest, dedicated, and flexible with both your schedule and your ability to handle all sorts of different issues that may arise. It is important to always be fair; no matter what situation you find yourself in.
will alter their life’s path. This is frustrating and sad; however, remembering all the students that have changed for the better makes my job so worthwhile. TRUMAN: What’s the best part of your job? PALME: Waking up every morning and knowing that my actions, words, and activities will make a difference in someone’s life. TRUMAN: What advice would you give to kids who are interested in this profession?
PALME: Law enforcement is the most rewarding and wonderful profession you could ever have. You get to experience new things each and every day. You get to help new people, as well as PALME: Since I was a sophomore in familiar ones and your actions alone high school I knew I wanted to be a could make the difference between a police officer. I debated whether I successful person and a person who wanted to be a patrol officer, a detecdoes not succeed in life. If you want tive, or a Crime Scene Investigator. School Resource Officer Chris Palme talks to 6th graders about gangs to be a law enforcement officer, GO After going to college and attending at East Lee Middle School. FOR IT! It takes dedication, hard police academy, I realized that my talwork, and passion; but, when you put ents and personality would be best suited in the schools. I wanted to on your badge and uniform and set out to make difference in world, make a big difference in the future of America and realized that the it is the greatest feeling you will ever have. only way to do that would be to change the lives of young people. TRUMAN: When, and why, did you first become interested in this profession?
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TRUMAN: Thanks for talking to Kidsville News! You have an important job and we appreciate what you do to keep our schools safe!
PALME: I make sure the school remains safe from the start of the school day until the last bell rings and the last student leaves to go home. I patrol and monitor the hallways during the school day. I teach classes on gang, drug, and violence awareness. I also mentor students during times of emotional distress. I coach the soccer team at my school and assist in the development of lesson and activity plans for the AVID program. I am in charge of safety and law enforcement procedures throughout the school year and assist the administration staff with discipline issues. TRUMAN: What’s the hardest part of your job? PALME: The hardest part of my job is not being able to help every student. Although I am able to reach many students through mediation, sports, and law enforcement activities, some students are so focused on being deviant that no amount of positive reinforcement
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Round and Round November 2 is “Look for Circles Day”. You may ask yourself why we need to have a day dedicated to circles. Though the origin is iffy, plenty of people celebrate it, so why not join in the fun. Help your preschooler learn math skills by looking for circles. You can start the fun by having round pancakes for breakfast. For older children, you can help the child differentiate between circles and spheres. Why not add an orange to breakfast to show the difference in a yummy way?
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One website (www.associatedcontent.com) suggests having a scavenger hunt. Rope off an area and see how many circles you and your toddler can find. Older children can have a competition to see who can find the most circles. In addition to working on math skills, Look for Circles Day can boost motor skills. Have a circle obstacle course with hula hoops to enhance gross motor skills. For fine motor skills, trace, draw, or cut out circles. Can your child find a way to draw a picture with nothing but circles? Caterpillars and Mickey Mouse’s face are great examples of circle crafts. Even if you missed this year’s official Look for Circles Day, you can make any day a fun themed day to make learning more powerful and fun. If you would like more information about age-appropriate learning activities for children ages birth – five, please contact Amy Cox. Program Manager for the Robeson County Partnership for Children at 738-6767 ext. 229.
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Each year, approximately 2,400 children—an average of seven a day—receive emergency room treatment for injuries caused by inserting conductive material into electrical outlets, according to a 10-year report released by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). More than 70 percent of these incidents occur at home, with adult supervision typically present. Hairpins are involved 32 percent of the time, followed by keys, 17 percent, and fingers, 12 percent. Other common culprits include pins, screws, nails, twist ties, and paper clips. The end result? About 95 percent of the time children receive a burn, according to CPSC. Though ranging in severity, a significant number of serious and fatal burns occur, and even minor injuries can leave emotional trauma. Pediatric burns can be particularly serious, because a child‛s skin is thin and offers little resistance to electric flow or heat. The danger of electrical outlets isn‛t new; parents often use plastic outlet caps to cover outlets when “child-proofing” a home. Unfortunately, the Electrical Safety Foundation, Inc. (ESFI) claims plastic caps are not the safest option since they can easily be removed by a young child. Instead, ESFI suggests installing tamper-resistant outlets. Although normal looking, these types of outlets include a shutter mechanism to protect against harm from inserting foreign objects. The spring-loaded system only allows electricity to flow when you apply equal pressure to both sides of the outlet, as happens when you plug in an electrical device. During unused conditions, both shutters are closed.
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Music As Art Georgia O’Keeffe charcoal sketches and drawings and had her first exhibit in New York Georgia O’Keeffe is perhaps the most famous American woman artist in history. Best known for in 1916. By 1918, she had moved to New York City and was devoted to painting full-time. her landscape paintings of the desert Southwest, Through her exhibits in the 1920s, Georgia became known for her her style challenged the boundaries of modern huge paintings of lush flowers. Her work centered on American art. One of her natural forms like flowers and animal bones seen at paintings is even on a U.S. close range, almost as if you were looking through a postage stamp! magnifying glass. Her work was so popular that in 1928, Georgia Totto O’Keeffe she sold a group of six paintings for $25,000 — was born near Sun Prairie, the most money ever paid for a collection of paintings Wisconsin, on November 15, 1887, the second in a family of created by a living American artist! Georgia was now famous. But, she still felt the need to travel and be seven children. Georgia knew inspired. In 1929, she took her first trip to New Mexico, she wanted to be an artist from where she fell in love with the desert. She spent a part the time she was about nine of every year there until 1949, when she moved to New years old! After graduating from high school in 1905, she Mexico permanently. She continued painting the desert landscape until the early 1970s when her eyesight began began college at the School of to fail. the Art Institute in Chicago. A Ram’s Head, White Hollyhock and Little Hills, 1935 collection:Brooklyn Georgia died on March 6, 1986. Twelve years later, year later, she went to the Art Museum, Georgia O’Keeffe the U.S. government made the Georgia O’Keeffe Home Students League in New York City. Although her student work was praised, Georgia did not feel and Studio a national historic landmark. Written by Tamar Burris, a former elementary school teacher who now works as a inspired by the stiff styles she was taught at school. So, she left and freelance writer and curriculum developer for PBS, the Discovery Channel and other eduworked as a commercial artist in Chicago for a short time before moving to Texas to be an elementary school teacher. During her summer vacations, cation-related companies. Sources: Georgia O’Keeffe on Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Georgia_O’Keeffe; National Museum of Women in the Arts: Georgia O’Keeffe she took art classes at the University of Virginia and the Teachers College Artist Profile, http://www.nmwa.org/collection/profile.asp?LinkID=942; PBS’ American of Columbia University in South Carolina, where she found inspiration in Masters: Georgia O’Keeffe – About the Painter, http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasthe innovative ideas of Arthur Dow. Georgia started experimenting with ters/episodes/georgia-okeeffe/about-the-painter/55/.
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West Lumberton Elementary first and second graders had a very exciting and unique experience on October 12th. Twenty-five students from Lumberton Junior High along with Ms. Bonnie Parker came to teach and share their talent with our students. Their knowledge and respectfulness were truly admired. Thank you LJHS students and Ms. Parker for involving our school in your endeavor.
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PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF ROBESON COUNTY Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s): The top priority of the Public Schools of Robeson County is to improve student achievement. It is with that goal in mind that we are pleased to inform you that your child may be eligible for extra help in reading and mathematics under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. You can help your child by signing up for free tutoring. This tutoring is available because your child’s school is in at least its second year of school improvement. No Child Left Behind provides selected students whose families qualify for free or reducedprice lunch with the opportunity to receive additional tutoring. These Supplemental Educational Services are offered after school or on Saturdays by organizations and agencies approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Please contact the Public Schools of Robeson County or your child’s school for a list of the schools which will be offering Supplemental Educational Services (free tutoring) based on the NCLB federal regulations. A copy of the application for services has been mailed to you. Applications will also be available at your child’s school. Feel free to call and request application(s) as needed. We hope all eligible students and their families will take advantage of this opportunity. Sincerely, Dr. Johnny Hunt, Superintendent Public Schools of Robeson County Lumberton, North Carolina
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Election Word Find
Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring those who died serving their country. Veterans Day is a day to thank and honor all those who served in the military. It is observed on November 11 each year. Who is a veteran? Veterans are people who served in the military — the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force or Coast Guard. You should be very proud of our veterans. They have served our country in war and peace and have made many sacrifices to keep our country safe and free. You might not have known that these famous people are also veterans: Roald Dahl, who wrote Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, was a fighter pilot in World War II. Elvis Presley was drafted into the Army in 1958 and served two years in Europe. Dr. Seuss joined the Army during WWII and created documentaries, receiving a Legion of Merit medal for
his work. Comedian Drew Carey is a former U.S. Marine, actor Clint Eastwood was an instructor in the U.S. Army and actor Chuck Norris was in the Air Force. Veterans Day was originally known as Armistice Day, which celebrated the end of World War I fighting in 1918. An unknown American soldier was buried in Arlington National Cemetery in 1921 in remembrance of Armistice Day. In 1954, the U.S. Congress passed the bill changing the name to Veterans Day. Today, the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery is a memorial to all Americans who gave their lives in all wars. Information from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and www.military.com.
Truman’s Thanksgiving Maze Help Truman and his friend get out of the kitchen!
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Story Time with Truman Petey’s Secret Power
Chapter Two — Bubba Bear’s Big Time Band
A Quality Serials Story By Mary Maden Illustrated by Tana Brinnand Last Time: Petey Squirrel’s sleep is disturbed by loud noises. The little squirrel goes looking for the source of the noise. Petey braves the dangerous mudholes and briar bushes in the deep forest. Finally, Petey discovers the cause of the noise. “Gotcha!” Bubba Bear said as he caught the hysterical little squirrel just before he hit the mud. “Calm down, little buddy. The mud won’t kill you. You might never get the stink off you, but you won’t die.” The big bear held Petey in his strong grip and scowled at him. “Just what do you think you’re doing spying on us?” Bubba Bear demanded. “Sizing up the competition, huh?” Two smaller bears named Benny and Jimmy came up and stood behind Bubba Bear. The three bears looked suspiciously at the little squirrel. “I bet the Treetop Trio sent him!” Jimmy Bear cried. “I don’t know what you’re talking about. I don’t know who or what the Treetop Trio is,” Petey argued. “And I wasn’t spying. Not really. I was just trying to ﬁnd out what was making all that noise!” “Do you expect me to believe that you weren’t spying for the Treetop Trio? They know that Bubba Bear’s Big Time Band is the one to beat!” Bubba Bear growled. “And we were making music, not noise, thank you very much!” “What’s Bubba’s Big Bear Band?” Petey asked. “Bubba Bear’s Big Time Band,” Bubba Bear corrected. “That’s us. We’re the best percussion band in the Big Forest. Let’s show him, boys!” Gently, Bubba Bear sat Petey down on a stump. “Okay, take it from the top,” Bubba Bear ordered in his booming voice. The two younger bears began to beat on some hollow tree stumps in front of them. Boom! Bang! “No! No!” Bubba Bear cried in frustration. “You have to feel the beat! Now pay attention.” Bubba Bear grabbed the homemade drumsticks from one of the bears and began beating on a hollow stump. Bang! Bang! Bangity bang bang! Bubba Bear beat the drum in a pleasing rhythm. “Now, let’s try it again,” Bubba Bear instructed. The two bears beat their drums again. Bang! Bangity bang, bang. Boom! “Much better. With a little more practice, we are sure to win!” said Bubba Bear. “Take ﬁve, boys.” The two younger bears took a break from their practice. “What are you sure to win?” Petey asked. “Why, the blue ribbon,” Bubba Bear cried. “I can just see that beautiful blue ribbon hanging around my neck. It sure will look good! Right, boys?” “Right,” agreed Benny and Jimmy. “You’ll be the most handsome bear in the whole forest!” “What’s the blue ribbon for?” Petey asked.
“For ﬁrst place, of course!” Bubba Bear replied. “Everyone knows you get a blue ribbon for ﬁrst place.” “First place for what?” Petey asked in a frustrated tone. “You know!” Benny Bear said. “You’re just trying to change the subject. You’re trying to make us forget about catching you spying!” “That’s just plain sneaky,” Benny Bear commented. Petey Squirrel almost yelled, “I told you, I wasn’t spying! Now, will you please tell me what you are all talking about?” “Why, it’s the most exciting thing to happen in the Big Forest ever!” Jimmy Bear exclaimed. “All the animals are talking about it!” “Talking about what?” Petey cried in exasperation. The bears just stared at Petey with a genuine look of puzzlement on their faces. “You really don’t know?” Bubba Bear cried in disbelief. “No, I don’t!” Petey replied. “Now, are you going to tell me or not?” “We’re talking about the Big Forest Creative Arts Festival and Extravaganza!” Bubba Bear roared. “What’s that?” Petey asked. “It’s a spectacular festival and contest,” Bubba Bear explained. “Prizes will be given for the most creative entries,” Jimmy Bear added. “All animals are eligible to enter,” Bubba Bear continued. “They just have to demonstrate their creativity in some way.” “It’s the biggest event ever to hit the Big Forest,” Jimmy Bear gushed. “It’s so exciting! Everyone I know is planning to enter.” “You are going to enter,” Benny Bear asked. “Aren’t you?” “But, you have to be creative,” Jimmy Bear reminded Petey. “Of course, I’m going to enter!” Petey said, trying to sound conﬁdent. “I’m very creative, you know.” Actually, Petey wasn’t exactly sure what being creative really meant — and he didn’t know if he had any creativity at all! “Well, I have to go now,” Petey told the bears. “I guess I’ll see you all at the big contest.” “Just remember,” Bubba Bear growled, “we plan to win ﬁrst prize!” “Yes, well, great to meet you, boys,” Petey stammered, avoiding the subject. “Thanks for saving my life!” Petey made a hasty retreat. Being very careful to avoid the mudholes and briar bushes, he headed back through the Big Forest. Petey was walking through a tall grove of trees when he heard something. Petey stopped to listen. The sounds were coming from a big maple tree above him. “La. La. La, la…la,” came a lilting voice. “Me. Me…me…me.” “Now what?” Petey cried. Next Time: It’s Not As Easy As It Seems!
A Teacher’s Guide to accompany this eight-chapter story is available on the Kidsville News! Web site at www.KidsvilleNews.com. Copyright 2009 by Mary Maden. All rights reserved. Mary Maden is an award-winning author. Visit her on the Web at \www.marymaden.com.
Stephen Brown, a 4th grader at St. Pauls Elementary School won First Place in the Art Show at the Robeson County Fair. He is in Mr. Scotty Thompson’s Art Class.
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Star Storm Sentry A blazing ball of ﬁre hangs in the sky above us. It could swallow up more than a million Earths and still be hungry. Scary? Maybe, but we owe it our lives, for it is our star, the Sun. Thanks to the Sun, we have light and heat. Thanks to the Sun, we have energy to make our planet a living paradise. But, in spite of all the good it does for us, sometimes it goes on a rampage. That can be, maybe not scary, but not so good for us either. Most of the light from the Sun is visible light—the kind we can see. But the Sun also shines in x-rays, a very strong kind of light we cannot see. X-rays are so strong doctors use them to see inside our bodies. Sometimes the Sun goes really nuts and gets even hotter and stormier than usual. It shoots out huge ﬂares This is the Sun in x-rays as seen by the and coronal mass ejecSolar X-ray Imager on the new GOES-14. tions, or CMEs. These The surface shines in mostly visible light, giant storms blast out so looks dark in this image. It is the much huge amounts of x-rays hotter atmosphere, or corona, that shines and electrically charged brightly in x-rays. particles at high speed. Once in a while, one of those blasts of high-energy particles heads right toward us. Earth’s magnetic ﬁeld protects us well. However, space storms can disable satellites, electrical grids and radio communication. They are no good for astronauts in orbit or airplane crews either. Some satellites can “see” x-rays. The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) watch Earth’s weather below, but they also keep an x-ray “eye” on the Sun. Their data is helping scientists better understand how the Sun’s temper tantrums affect us on Earth. Knowing bad space weather is on the way, satellite operators can sometimes turn the satellite away from the blast or put it into standby mode. Airplane crews can stay out of the sky for a while, and astronauts can suit up for extra protection. Learn more about space weather at http://spaceplace.nasa. gov/en/kids/goes/spaceweather. This article was written by Diane K. Fisher. It was provided through the courtesy of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, under a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and support from the U.S. Department of Commerce National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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I Live in the Greatest Country!
Author/Illustrator: Fred Atkins Publisher: Children’s Patriotic Press Admit it, if I asked you to draw a map North Dakota, you’d likely stumble. But what if I asked you to draw a map of North Carolina, and in it, I asked you to add the major cities, highways, tourist Age Range: 6 and up attractions, and bodies of water? You would probably be“I much moreinaccurate, as over time you have live the greatest developed a rather sophisticated mental map of our state. Children, however, beginning to country! I liveareinjustthe develop cognitive maps of their surroundings. Working with mapsThe help children createStates spatial of USA. United understanding of their surroundings and build importantAmerica, life skills. I am very proud to say.” Although even preschoolers can begin learning about map concepts, it is not until children are aged 7-9 So begins this very patriotic children’s book, perfect for Loyalty when they are developmentally ready to think abstractly, an important concept with maps. The Day coming up on May 1, Memorial Day later in the month and following ideas willashelp introduce and map concepts of at home and on go with your year round a you reminder ofreinforce the privileges living intheAmerica. children.short sentences in big bold type, the author explains with With pride and joy the freedoms that all living in America enjoy. The Model map reading at every opportunity. Maps can be found everywhere! The next time you take a freedom to do what you want, be anything you want to be, say family vacation to the campgrounds, park, zoo, or airport, the opportunity to demonstrate what you want, practicetheme your religion andtake read what you want how to use the map. Destinations closer to home can also be great resources. Maps at the mall, to read are highlighted in this quick read. Terrific, and some weather maps, transit maps, touristaccent maps, and the park maps areThe all easily assessable. Talk aloud through poignant photos text. book concludes with your the thinking process as you show with your fingers where you are and where you need to be. Maps of any Pledge of Allegiance on the back cover. Every American should kind canthis be great learning we just to use them. read book totools hisif or herstopchild, no matter what the age. After all, it’s never to early to teach your child to love America. —JK
Use the world around you to reinforce map concepts. A simple trip on the bus or in the car can lead children to consider the landscapes they see, the landmarks they pass, and the road markings that How to Draw indicate boundaries. Taking Horses advantage of the environment helps children establish relationships Author/Illustrator: John Green between maps and the real world.
Age Range: 8 to 12
Once children have a good understanding of how to read maps, they can begin making their own. Begin
From the Publisher: mapping familiar areas, like a bedroom or favorite playground. Then move to more abstract concepts Aspiring Picassos will be such as state or country boundaries. There are several inexpensive materials that make great maps. champing at the bit to get started on thisshower simplifi to drawing A plastic curtained can guide be easily transformed into a map with some paint or tape. Sidewalk chalk or horses. The series of step-by-step, shaving cream can be used outside for the same purposes. Plastic beach balls make great globes. black-and-white illustrations will Children can outline boundaries with indelible markers and have their very own representation of the show kids how to transform lines, world! Creating accurate “pirate treasure maps” can be motivating and educational for children. curves and geometric shapes into Additionally, food items can be “eaten” into the shape of a state (or other territory) and other foods can such diverse breeds as the be added to indicate boundaries. For example, fourth graders studying North Carolina can eat a graham Clydesdale, Arabian, Pinto, cracker into the shape of the state and thenteaching designate theas mountain region with chocolate chips, the Lippizaner, and Palamino, it entertains. Includes piedmontpractice region with green icing, and the coastal region with blue sprinkles. blank pages. Who knew working with maps could be so fun? No matter what maps or materials you use, rest assured that you are teaching an essential life skill and helping your child learn to navigate the world!
M is for Mom
Author: Mary Ann McCabe Riehle, Chris Ellison (Illustrator) Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press Age Range: 8 to 12
Perfect for Mother’s Day, this book captures the everyday moments shared between a mother and child. Travel through the alphabet connecting letters to special things that mother’s do, from H for hugs to J for the juggling act that moms are so good at. The poetry for each letter is accompanied by a sidebar with additional text for more experienced readers. Beautiful full page, full-color paintings bring the book to life with expression and realism. —JK
Mexican Immigrants in America Author/Illustrator: Rachel Hanel Publisher: Coughland Publishing Age Range: 8 to 12
This “You Choose” book is an interactive history adventure about the life of Mexican immigrants in America. The choice to come to America is a difficult one for Mexicans. Pretend you live in a small village in Mexico and are struggling to feed your family. Should you take the risk of going to the United States to find work? In this book, there are three story paths to take. Life is a series of choices. With 43 choices to make in this book, the reader can see how the choices we make can change our life for the better or worse. The author collaborated with Anne Martinez, a professor of history, to reveal accurate, although not always happy, details about the diffi cult life of immigrants. While many Mexican immigrants to end up living the American dream, many of the 17 endings in this book are not happy ones. —JK
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P ARENTOWN’S K ID S MART The History of Money
La Historia del Dinero
I travel around the country talking to audiences about money — deﬁning what money is, how to attain it, how to protect it, how to spend it, how to invest it, and how to help someone else less fortunate with it. Although I talk about money all the time, I don’t want to give the impression that I believe money is equivalent to being happy. Money is a tool we use to live our everyday lives. Over the years, I worked with many individuals who were multi-millionaires, and happiness was in no way connected to the amount of money they had. You will hear me say time and time again, having money does not bring happiness to you, it does bring choices, options and freedom. I had a client say to me one day, “Keva, I want to have so much money that if I woke up one day and decided I wanted to ﬂy to Paris to have lunch, I could.” Wow, what a statement! Now that’s what I call ﬁnancial freedom! Okay, now back to the history of money. How did money come to be? According to the Website About.com, it all started with bartering before coins and paper money were introduced. Bartering* In the beginning, people bartered. Barter is the exchange of a good or service for another good or service, a bag of rice for a bag of beans. However, what if you couldn’t agree what something was worth in exchange or you didn’t want what the other person had? To solve that problem, humans developed what is called commodity money. A commodity is a basic item used by almost everyone. In the past, salt, tea, tobacco, cattle and seeds were commodities and therefore were once used as money. However, using commodities as money had other problems. Carrying bags of salt and other commodities was hard, and commodities were difﬁcult to store or were perishable.* Coins and Paper Money* Metal objects were introduced as money around 5000 B.C. By 700 BC, the Lydians became the ﬁrst in the Western world to make coins. Countries were soon minting their own series of coins with speciﬁc values. Metal was used because it was readily available, easy to work with and could be recycled. Since coins were given a certain value, it became easier to compare the cost of items people wanted. Some of the earliest known paper money dates back to China, where the issue of paper money became common from about AD 960 onwards.* Teach your child how you earn money. Mom and Dad work everyday, and as a result, they receive a paycheck. Associating work with monetary reward is a wonderful place to begin in teaching your children about money and how to earn it for the things they want. (See the article, Keep the Lights On! – June, 2009). Tip: Teaching your child that money is only a tool is a very valuable lesson. Activity: Take a tour of The Bureau of Engraving and Printing. There are two locations, Washington, D.C. and Fort Worth, Texas. This is where money is printed everyday. You can take a tour (free of charge) of these facilities. You can also go to their websites and explore how money is designed and printed. www.bep.treas.gov Beneﬁt/Key Takeaway: This will give your child a better appreciation of where money comes from and how it is designed and printed. Oh, and let’s not forget the “cool” factor of their sharing the story with their friends of having toured the facility of where money is actually printed. *from the Website About.Com Keva Sturdevant is the founder of Born To Save, a nonproﬁt based in Washington, D.C. with the mission of teaching kids of all ages the importance of saving and investing. Our goal is to begin conversations about money between parents and their kids in households across America. In an effort to foster those conversations, we grant actual shares of stock to kids across the country. Born To Save grants shares of stock to kids who register on our Website at www.BornToSave.org.
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Hago muchos viajes alrededor del país diciéndole a la gente acerca del dinero. Dando deﬁniciones de lo que es el dinero, como obtenerlo, como protegerlo, como gastarlo, como invertirlo, y como ayudar a las menos afortunados con ello. Aunque hablo del dinero todo el tiempo no quiero dar la impresión de que creo que el dinero es el equivalente a la felicidad. El dinero es una herramienta que usamos para vivir diariamente. Al paso de los años he trabajado con muchos individuos que son multimillonarios, y su felicidad no estaba conectada, de ninguna manera, con la cantidad de dinero que tienen. Me escucharas decir todo el tiempo, que el tener dinero no te trae felicidad, te trae, opciones y libertad. Un cliente me dijo un día, “Keva, quiero tener tantísimo dinero que si un día me despierto y decido que quiero viajar a Paris para almorzar, pueda hacerlo.” Valla que declaración, eso es a lo que yo le llamo libertad ﬁnanciera! OK ahora de regreso a la historia del dinero. Como es que el dinero llego a ser dinero? Trueques* Al principio la gente hacia trueques. Un trueque es el intercambio de algún producto o servicio por otro producto o servicio, una bolsa de arroz por una de frijoles. Mas sin embargo, que tal si no podías llegar a algún acuerdo en el valor de algo o simplemente no querías lo que la otra persona ofrecía. Para solucionar el problema, los humanos crearon lo que llamaban dinero en materia Dinero en materia es un producto básico que la gente usaba. En el pasado, la sal, el te, el tabaco, el ganado y las semillas, por nombrar algunos, eran usados como dinero. Mas sin embargo, usar materias como dinero tenia otras consecuencias, tales como la transportación de estos, además tenían que enfrentar el problema de los productos perecederos, ósea aquellos que por causa de almacenamiento y falta de ventilación se descomponían con mayor facilidad. Monedas y Billetes* Los objetos de metal fueron introducidos como dinero alrededor del año 5000B.C. En el año 700B.C. los Lídianos fueron los primeros en el mundo occidental en hacer monedas. Pronto otros países comenzaron a crear sus propias series de monedas con valores especíﬁcos. Usaban metal porque estaba mayormente disponible, era fácil de manejar y además reciclable. Como las monedas tenían cierto valor, era más fácil comparar el precio de los objetos que la gente quería. Algunos de los primeros billetes fueron creados en China, donde la distribución de los billetes se hizo común cerca del año 960 AD. en adelante. *De la pagina about.com Enséñale a tu hijo(a) como ganar el dinero: Mama y Papa trabajan todos los días; como resultado reciben un cheque. Asociar el trabajo con premios monetarios es la manera perfecta para comenzar a enseñar a tu hijo(a) acerca del dinero y como ganarlo para comprar las cosas que quieren. (Consulta el articulo Mantén las luces Prendidas!- Junio 2009) Tip: Enseñar a tu hijo(a) que el dinero solo es una herramienta es una lección invaluable. Actividad: Tomen un Tour de Las Oﬁcinas de Grabado e Impresión. Hay dos ubicaciones, Washington, D.C. y Fort Worth, Texas. Aquí es donde imprimen el dinero todos los días. Pueden tomar el Tour de estas instalaciones completamente gratis. También puedes visitar su página Web y explorar como se diseña e imprime el dinero. www.bep. treas.gov Ventaja/Clave Dominante: Esto le dará a tu hijo(a) un mejor entendimiento acerca de donde viene el dinero y como es diseñado e impreso. Y que no se nos olvide lo “chido” que va a ser cuando compartan la historia con sus amigos de haber recorrido las instalaciones de donde imprimen el dinero. Keva Sturdevant es la fundadora de Born To Save (Nacido Para Ahorrar), una organización sin ﬁnes de lucros con base en Washington, DC con la misión de enseñar a los niños de todas las edades la importancia de ahorrar e invertir. La meta es comenzar conversaciones acerca del dinero en los hogares a través de America, entre padres e hijos. En un esfuerzo para fomentar estas conversaciones, concedemos partes de acciones actuales a los niños. Para registrar a tu niño(a) para ganar una parte de acción en nuestra rifa mensual, por favor visite nuestra pagina Web www.BronToSave.org.
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relatives communicate through the wind and the movements of the kites. Families ﬂy kites constructed of cloth, colored paper, bamboo and wire. The kites come in all sizes, from eight to 30 feet. They are beautifully decorated and are brightly colored. There is a prize for the best design. Sometimes the kites are ﬂown from cemeteries.
sugar skulls, are sold in bakeries. The dead are remembered with friendliness and humor, not mourning. People also visit the graves of their loved ones and decorate them.
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In Japan, November 15 is Shichi-go-san. Sichigo-san, meaning Seven-Five-Three, is a special time when parents take their boys that are ages three and ﬁve and girls that are ages three and seven to shrines dressed in their best kimonos. They pray for the health and growth of the children. The children are given long candies in bags decorated with turtles and cranes, which are symbols of longevity. The odd numbers of three, ﬁve and seven are considered lucky.
May we all strive to be as intelligent as she was!
Kangaroos are known for hopping and bouncing on their hind legs. There are several differnet types of kangaroos, but the eastern gray kangaroo, the western gray kangaroo and the red kangaroo are the most common. Some kangaroos are also called wallabies. Kangaroos are found in Australia and New Guinea, and a few species exist in New Zealand. Why are they such good bouncers and hoppers? Because of their long powerful hind legs and large feet that are perfect for leaping. And they can hop really fast! Did you know that kangaroos can reach up to 44 miles per hour? They use their thick long tails for balance. Large kangaroos even use their tail as a third leg when they are standing still. Although they have long legs and large bodies, their heads are small, with big ears. Kangaroos are herbivores and eat mostly grasses and shrubs. Like all marsupials, female kangaroos have a pouch called a marsupium. Their babies, or joeys, live in the pouch after they are born. The baby is born after only 30 days and is about the size of a lima bean. It climbs into the pouch and feeds and develops there for another nine months before it is ready to start leaving the pouch for short amounts of time. Kangaroos typically live for four to six years. Sources: “Kangaroo” Encyclopædia Britannica.
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WHERE IN THE WORLD IS... SAMOA?
It’s time to get out your globe! You need to know about the imaginary lines on globes and maps. These lines are called lines of latitude and longitude, and they tell a pilot or ship’s captain exactly where in the world a certain place is located. Basically, latitude lines (also called parallels) are the horizontal lines on your map. Lines of longitude (also called meridians) are the vertical lines that run from the North Pole to the South Pole. This mapping system is written in degrees and uses the symbol °. Get ready to travel the world! Get out your globe, and ﬁnd longitude 172° 20’ W, latitude 13° 35' S, to locate Samoa, part of a group of islands in the South Paciﬁc Ocean about halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii know as Oceania. Western Samoa was a German protectorate occupied by New Zealand at the beginning of World War I in 1914. In January 1962, Samoa was the ﬁrst Polynesian nation to reestablish its independence in the 20th century, but its Independence Day is celebrated in June. “Western” was dropped from the island’s name in 1997. About 220,000 people live in Samoa, and Samoans speak Samoan or Polynesian and English. A bit smaller than the U.S. state of Rhode Island, Samoa is composed of two main islands, Upolu and Savaii, and seven small islands and uninhabited islets. Its geographic features include a narrow coastal plain, rainforests and rugged volcanic mountains that reach a high point of 1857 meters on Mauga Silisili. Coral reefs and lagoons with turquoise-blue water surround the islands. The tropical climate brings a rainy season from November to April and a dry season that lasts from May to October. The economy is based primarily on agriculture and ﬁshing, and tourists drawn to the white-sand beaches, coconut palms and nonstop sunshine provide about a quarter of the country’s income. Samoa exports coconut oil, cream, and copra. While it is a beautiful paradise, because it is a volcanic island in the sea, Samoa is very susceptible to damage from serious storms called cyclones and hurricanes and from volcanic activity and earthquakes. In fact, you may have read or heard about Samoa in the news just recently. On September 29, an underwater earthquake measuring 8.0 on the Richter Scale created a devastating ﬁve-foot tsunami –– a giant wave –– that destroyed 20 towns and villages and ﬂattened palm trees along the coast. Earthquake activity continues off the coast nearby. Source: “Samoa,” The CIA World Factbook, www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ws.html; “Samoa tsunami and Indonesian earthquake,” www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1217020/.
Green Grove Elementary School Dads were invited to a “Doughnuts for Dads Brunch” on October 16th. Mr. Samuel Mauney, PTA president, was the guest speaker. Mr Mauney’s message stressed the importance of parental involvement in school activities. The fathers and their children enjoyed doughnuts, fruit, and juices. Mrs. Barbara Oxendine and Ms. Twila Blakley coordinated the event. 22 KIDSVILLE NEWS
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Magnolia Elementary staff and students continue to grow smarter and wiser each day. During the month of October we celebrated and learned many facts about Fire Prevention. The PreKindergarten, Kindergarten, First and Second Graders practiced many helpful tips on how to be safe in the case of a fire. We learned about home/school fire safety, smoke alarms, dialing 9-1-1 only when necessary, escaping a fire, how to crawl under smoke, how to touch doors before opening them, and “Stop! Drop! Roll!” in the event of our clothes catching on fire. The highlight of our week was a visit from the local Saddletree Fire Department. We were able to see and talk to real firefighters and Smokey the Bear. We are now prepared in case of a fire emergency. NOVEMBER 2009
Together Time — Ask an adult for help with projects!
Celebrate Peanut Butter Lovers Month!
Yes, there’s a month for everything! And November is Peanut Butter Lovers Month! And, there’s more ways to love peanut butter than in just a PB&J sandwich. Peanut butter can add great flavor and keep you energized for the busy day ahead. With seven grams per serving, peanuts have more protein than any other nut. Protein provides long-lasting energy. Peanuts and peanut butter also contribute more than 30 nutrients and phytonutrients and can be part of a balanced diet that promotes good health. Here are two easy recipes to try.
DAZZLING CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER DIP
WHAT YOU NEED: Makes 4 servings (each serving = 3 tablespoons dip and 1 cup fruit/veggies) • 1/3 cup low-fat plain yogurt • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter • 1 teaspoon chocolate or colored sprinkles • 4 cups fresh fruit and vegetables cut in “dip-able” shapes (carrots sticks, sliced cucumbers, celery sticks, sliced apples and pears) HOW TO MAKE IT: • In a standing mixing bowl, mix yogurt and chocolate syrup on medium speed until well blended. • In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave the peanut butter at 70% power for about 1 minute or until melted; stir half way through. Pour peanut butter into chocolate yogurt mixture and mix until smooth. • For each serving, spoon 3 tablespoons dip into a small serving cup and sprinkle with sprinkles. Serve with one cup of fresh fruit and/or vegetables.
PEANUT BERRY SMOOTHIE
WHAT YOU NEED: Yield: 2 8-ounce servings • 2 cups low-fat vanilla ice cream • 1 cup frozen blueberries • 2 tablespoons 2% milk • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter • 2 tablespoons whipped cream (optional) Combine all ingredients in blender; puree until very smooth. Transfer to two glasses and serve. Courtesy of Family Features and the National Peanut Board. For more delicious ways to get energized, visit nationalpeanutboard.org.
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of You can draw the map or you can make a 3-D map by reusing old boxes, cans, toilet paper rolls, or any other extra objects that you have lying around your house.
Take these items to construct the objects in your room such as your bed, dresser, and night stand. You can even cover these items in construction paper and draw on them with markers to personalize them. Find a sturdy base such as poster board and stick your objects on the board in the location they are in your room.
Parents: Mapping skills are an essential life skill you can help your child develop by making maps of places they are familiar with. For a good resource, check out the book Me on the Map by Joan Sweeney to read with your child.
1. Tie string around the stem of the pinecone 2. Spread peanut butter on pinecone to cover 3. Pour bird seed onto plate 4. Roll pinecone in bird seed to cover 5. Hang feeder on tree branch outside With the increase in cold weather it is important to remember our feathery friends. This food will help guarantee their survival during the winter months.
What you need: 9 Pinecone 9 Peanut butter 9 Bird seed 9 Plate 9 Butter knife 9 Yarn or String
Visit the Watson School of Education at www.uncw.edu/ed or call (910) 962-4142 for more information.
uncw marine explorers FRIDAY EVENINGS
ages 10 – 13
ages 6 – 10
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5:30 – 8:30 p.m. $20 per session
9 a.m. – Noon $15 per session
Friday, Nov. 13 | Saturday, Nov. 14
Way to go, Whales – Follow a whale’s life cycle and migration along our coast.
Register by Nov. 11
Friday, Dec. 11 | Saturday, Dec. 12
Celebrate the Christmas Tree Worm – Learn all about marine worms. Register by Dec. 9
Check out our Web site for a complete list of programs: www.uncw.edu/ed/ There is also information available about beneﬁts and the GI Bill at the Web site listed below: www.uncw.edu/ﬁnaid/veterans.htm
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UNCW would like to thank you for your service. If you are interested in becoming a teacher, UNCW has a variety of programs to meet your interest and needs.
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