Math Adventures

Why Play Math Games? Games give students opportunities to explore fundamental number concepts, such as the counting sequence, one-to-one correspondence, and computation strategies. Engaging mathematical games encourage students to explore number combinations, place value, patterns, and other important mathematical concepts. When played repeatedly, math games promote students’ development of computational fluency and present fun opportunities for kids to practice without it feeling like “work.” Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Student Article: "Feathers Explode on International Pillow Fight Day"

The following article was submitted by a student reporter in Mrs. Clark’s Communications Class at Sacred Heart Academy in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Feathers Explode on International Pillow Fight Day By Taylor Cotter 7th Grade If you are reading this and you love pillow fights then keep reading. This article will tell about the biggest pillow fight in the world which happens only once a year and that’s on April 1st. Everyone around the world can participate. This year some of the pillow fights were hosted in Vancouver, Toronto, and Amsterdam. In all of the those cities there are battlegrounds where everyone meets at. The materials needed for this are a comfy pillow, and preferably rakes and a g

Science Fun

Do you like to play hide and seek? Some animals play hide and seek all the time, and it helps them to survive. The color and/or pattern of an animal often allows it to either blend in or stand out from its environment. This helps them escape predators or hunt more efficiently by being harder to see. When it blends into its background, it is called camouflage. In today's Science Fun, read all about animal camouflage and its importance to different animals! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Mr. President

James Earl “Jimmy” Carter, Jr. was the thirty-ninth President of the United States and served from 1977-1981. His illustrious career as a president was preceded by two terms in the Senates of the state of Georgia and he served as the 76th Governor of the state in the term of 1971-1975. He had also been awarded the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize in 2002, one of the highest and most respected honors recognized in the world today. Read more about President Jimmy Carter in today’s Mr. President! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Visit The Wildside

Yesterday, we traveled to Antarctica and learned all about its cold, dry climate. Given its lack of water, abundant ice and frigid temperatures, it is hard to imagine any wildlife living there! And yet Emperor Penguins not only live there, they flourish. How do they do it? Learn more in today’s Visit The Wildside! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Travel With Us!

What comes to mind when you think about Antarctica? As the coldest continent on earth, it certainly is a place filled with snow and ice! But despite all that frozen water (ice), Antarctica is the driest place on earth. In fact, it’s considered the world’s biggest desert because it never rains there. It’s also the windiest place on earth. With all those harsh elements, it’s not hard to understand why Antarctica’s official population is 0. Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Use Your Imagination!

Imagine you had a horse that could fly! What would you do? Where would you go? What great adventure would you embark upon? Think about the picture below and use your imagination to write a story that would go with it! Have a safe, fun weekend everyone! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

St. Therese School (Wayland)

Students at St. Therese Catholic School in Wayland LOVE to read! Which means that March, as Reading Month, is one of their favorite times of the year! This year's theme focused on camping because "The s'more you read, the s'more you know!" Not only did students read, read and read some more IN school, they were also treated to a trip to Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Grandville to browse and purchase books, courtesy of a St. Therese alumnus. Former Michigan State Representative came and read to the children, too. Students met and exceeded their book challenge by librarian Jen Grevenstuk. Over 400 books were purchased for the month. Meeting the challenge meant principal Jane Gee had to "camp

Spotlight on Health

Sometimes it's easy to notice when you feel good about yourself — and when you don't. We describe this idea of feeling good about ourselves as "self-esteem." When we feel good about ourselves, it sets us up for success — in everything from school to friendships. Positive feelings like self-acceptance or self-confidence help us try new challenges, cope with mistakes, and then try again. Taking pride in your abilities and accomplishments helps us do our best. A positive self-esteem is important for everyone! Learn more about this important topic and ways to build your own self-esteem in today’s Spotlight on Health. Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Cookin' Fun!

Kids of all ages are interested in what goes on in the kitchen! In addition to all the delicious food they get to enjoy, kids receive many important educational benefits kids from getting involved in the kitchen. Here is just a short list of some of the learning occurs when kids cook: Math Skills: Doubling a recipe requires addition (or multiplication) skills, halving it requires division, and recipe fractions like 1/2 cup and 3/4 teaspoon bring math applications into the kitchen. Often, kids don't recognize they are practicing math! Comprehension: Reading and understanding step-by-step directions, adding ingredients in sequence, and techniques such as folding and blending, are all importa

St. Therese School (Wayland)

Students from St. Therese (Wayland), St. Stanislaus (Dorr) and St. Mary's Visitation (Byron Center) Schools recently participated in their first Social Justice Fair. The three schools have spent the year discussing and living the seven themes of Catholic Social Teachings. The event, held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Hilliards, exhibited what each grade felt were the important lessons they learned this past year about CST and also how they incorporated them into their daily lives. In this picture, Braydan and Jordan Grevenstuk, of Wayland, look over the "Options for the Poor" display. in this picture, Fr. Chris Derda, of St. Stans and SMV, reads what the children had to say about thei

Puzzle Fun

From early childhood to adulthood, we love to play with puzzles! We like the way they challenge our thinking and exercise our minds! Puzzle are also an important educational learning tool for children, providing many skills and learning benefits to kids of all ages. Puzzles are a fun way for young children to develop their fine motor skills, increase visual spacial awareness and develop a deeper understanding of themes and topics. Completing a puzzle, even the simplest of puzzles, sets a single goal to achieve. Children must think and develop strategies about how to achieve the goal. This process involves problem solving and reasoning skills which can later be transferred into their adult l

Science Fun!

Did you know that crocodiles have the strongest bite of any animal in the world? Or that the horn of a rhinoceros is made from compacted hair rather than bone? Learn about these and other fun animal facts in today's Science Fun! Have a great start to the week! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

St. Therese School (Wayland)

St. Therese (Wayland) 5th and 6th graders recently took part in the Allegan County robotics challenge. Students from all over Allegan County spent the day building, programming and running their robots against each other and the clock. Students had a wonderful day and look forward to the challenge next year! In this picture, Ethan Cree programs his robot to shoot a ball through a hoop. Here, students Stephen Harnish and Regan VanDyke discuss their programming plans with teacher Hank Leverette. And in this picture, Mahala Wierenga and Klaire Sieffert decide which parts wil get the job done. (Pictures by - J. Gee)

Let's Make It!

As we prepare for Earth Day next week, think about all the things you can recycle. Each piece of material you recycle makes a positive impact on the environment. From glass to metals to paper to plastic—recycling saves resources, prevents pollution, supports healthy communities and creates jobs. But what can you do with items that are not recyclable? Read this activity from our friends at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum and find out how! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF. #EarthDay

All About Books

Warm your hearts this month with these 3 great book recommendations from the librarians at the Kent District Library. Choose any of these books or one of your own and read for at least 15 minutes every day! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Sports and Fitness

Hopscotch is an old traditional game that still brings loads of fun and laughter in school yards everywhere. Learn more about this exciting game in today's Sports and Fitness and create your own hopscotch at home, inside or out! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF. ​

Youth Development

The temperature's rising, the days are getting longer, but kids just want to stay inside and play. Make the next warm day more fun than ever with games, crafts, and activities they can't really do indoors. From messy projects to those that will cool kids off with splashes of water, here are a couple of fun activities in today’s Youth Development that will have kids begging to head outside! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF. ​

April 2017 Quiz

The April 2017 Quiz is now available! Download the Quiz and Answers by clicking on the images! Kids World News monthly quizzes are a FREE supplemental learning resource that help test readers' retention and comprehension of monthly articles and topics. It's a fun way for kids to review what they've read and improve their reading skills! #Quiz

St. Therese School (Wayland)

Students at St. Therese Catholic School in Wayland have been focusing on the 7 themes of social justice this school year. To show what they have learned, each class took one of the 7 themes of Catholic Social Teachings (CST) and designed a project that put their knowledge to work. The third and fourth graders in Miss Heather Lewis’ class focused on the second theme: Call to Family, Community and Participation. Students decided on a local community cause to support, PAWS WITH A CAUSE. PAWS trains and supplies service dogs for people with disabilities. With the help of their families, students designed donation containers. They then contacted local businesses they were familiar with and a

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