Happy Halloween!

Parents, here are some friendly reminders to help ensure your kids have a great Halloween this year. Stay Close to Mom and Dad – Young children should always have adult supervision when trick-or-treating. If you can’t go with them, see if another parent can take them. Kids should never go into a stranger’s house or even ring their doorbell unless a trusted adult is with them. Older kids should stay together as a group and check in or call home frequently. Stick to the Curfew – Follow your city or neighborhood’s curfew times and stick to subdivisions and areas with plenty of homes, so your kids can get in as much trick-or-treating as possible in a few hours’ time. Set a time when your older c

The Spooktacular History of Halloween

The Origins of Halloween Although it only became popular in America in the early 1900's, Halloween dates back almost 2,000 years when it marked the Celtic New Year. Originally known as Samhain, which means "summer's end" in Gaelic, many Halloween customs and traditions have roots in pagan beliefs and Irish folklore. These customs became popular in America when many Irish fled their country to escape the potato famine of 1846. Jack o' Lanterns The Celtics believed that placing Jack o' Lanterns outside helped guide lost souls home as they wandered the streets during Samhain. The scary carved faced on each also served to scare evil spirits away. When the potato famine forced many families to fl

Spotlight On Health

Trick Or Treat Safely! Halloween is fun because you use your imagination, create a costume and trick or treat! That’s all good, but safety has to play an important role on Halloween “Trick or Treat” time. In today's Spotlight On Health, read about some important tips to help you have fun and stay safe this Halloween! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Use Your Imagination

In today's Use Your Imagination, imagine you traveled around the world in one day...write a story about about everything you and do! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Cookin' Fun!

Halloween is just around the corner, so invite your kids into the kitchen to make some of these tasty trick-or-TREATS! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Shepherd of the Lakes Elementary News

The students at Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran School love fall! The preschoolers made apple paintings. The fourth graders visited our state capitol building. Students in fifth through eighth grader finished their soccer and volleyball seasons. The students in preschool played with scarves.

Down On The Farm

The Perfect Pumpkin It’s that time of the year again to go in search of the Great Pumpkin. Have you ever wondered how your pumpkin grew? Gather your family and let’s head to your favorite pumpkin patch and find out. Your pumpkin’s life started a few months ago. The farmer had to carefully choose the spot for planting the patch - a large area with sunshine. Sometime after the earth had warmed from the winter and the mornings were no longer frosty in late May and early June, the pumpkin seeds were planted into the dark, rich soil. The sun continued to warm the earth and rain fell on the land. Deep in the soil, the pumpkin seed grew roots and leaves began to appear out of the dirt. The leaves

Back in Time

The Story of Johnny Appleseed Johnny Appleseed’s real name was John Chapman, born on September 26,1774 near Leominster, Massachusetts. Little is known of his early life, but he apparently received a good education which helped him in his later years. By the time he was 25 years old, he had become a nursery man and had planted apple trees in the western portions of New York and Pennsylvania. Some of the orchards in those areas were said to have been started by him. When the rich and fertile lands lying south of the Great Lakes and west of the Ohio river were opened for settlement in the early 1800's, John Chapman was among the very first to explore the new territory. This was the Northwest T

Science Fun!

Why do leaves change color? This time of year is a wonderful time. The leaves have been dropping and changing colors and the weather is getting cooler. Why do the leaves change color? That’s a very good question! Learn why in today's Science Fun! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

All About Michigan

The S.S. Badger is the largest car ferry ever to sail Lake Michigan, and has provided a safe, fun, and reliable shortcut across the huge inland sea for more than fifty years. As the only coal-fired steamship in operation in the United States, the S.S. Badger operates on domestic fuel, and the company has an extraordinary commitment to maintaining a unique propulsion system that has been designated as a national mechanical engineering landmark. The S.S. Badger offers an authentic steamship experience unmatched anywhere else! Read more about the S.S. Badger in today’s All About Michigan! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF. #Michigan

Puzzle Fun

Here are some Halloween-themed puzzles to stretch your brain and have some fun! Only 15 days until Halloween! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

October 2017 Quiz Questions and Answers

This month's Quiz is now available! Download the Quiz and Answers by clicking on the images below! October 2017 Quiz Questions October 2017 Quiz Answers 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

Sports and Fitness

Kids exercise all the time without even thinking about it. Just being active, like when you run around outside or play dodge ball at school, is a form of exercise. What else counts as exercise? Playing sports, dancing, doing push-ups or touching your toes all count! When you exercise, you’re helping build a strong body that will be able to move around and do all the stuff you need it to do. Exercise Makes Your Heart Happy! You may already know that your heart is a muscle. It works hard pumping blood every day of your life. You can help this important muscle get stronger by doing aerobic exercise! Aerobic means “with air,” so aerobic exercise is a kind of activity that requires oxygen. When y

Greyhound Central Elementary (Eaton Rapids)

Greyhound Central Elementary kindergarteners had a great time visiting our community Safety Town to learn some very important safety lessons! The wonderful Safety Town crew led groups of students through several safety learning stations where they could practice important safety skills. Students were able to practice the following skills: how to Stop, Drop & Roll; how to call 911 in an emergency, how to avoid strangers, how to safely get on and off a bus, and many other related safety skills. They were even able to take a tour of the inside and outside of a real fire truck and ambulance! The students were very excited and had a very memorable learning experience!

Travel With Us

Japan is an archipelago, or string of islands, on the eastern edge of Asia. There are four main islands: Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu. There are also nearly 4,000 smaller islands! Japan's nearest mainland neighbors are the Siberian region of Russia in the north and Korea and China farther south. Almost four-fifths of Japan is covered with mountains. The Japanese Alps run down the center of the largest island, Honshu. The highest peak is Mount Fuji, a cone-shaped volcano considered sacred by many Japanese. Japan can be a dangerous place. Three of the tectonic plates that form Earth's crust meet nearby and often move against each other, causing earthquakes. More than a thousand earthq

Mr. President

James Monroe was born April 28, 1758 in Westmoreland County, VA. His father was a successful planter. Both James’ parents died when he was a teenager. James Monroe attended the college of William and Mary. When he was 17, he raided a British armory (weapons storage) with several classmates. They took 200 muskets (guns) and 300 swords, which they gave to the Virginia militia. James Monroe married Elizabeth Kortright Monroe in 1786. He was 27; she was 17. James Monroe worked in Thomas Jefferson’s law office and later opened his own practice. Monroe served in the Virginia Assembly, the Continental Congress, and the U.S. Senate. He was also governor of Virginia. He served in foreign affair p

11th Annual Coloring Contest

The 11th Annual Kids' World News Coloring Contest is taking place this month! If you would like to participate, it's as easy as 1-2-3... 1. Print the October 2017 Coloring Contest Official Entry Form (below) or cut it out of your local print edition. 2. Color the picture using crayons, markers, colored pencils, or anything you like! Whatever you do, have fun and make it your own! 3. Give your finished entry form to your teacher or mail it directly to Kids World News! Be sure to write your name, school, grade and t-shirt size. Entries must be received by Kids’ World News no later than November 11, 2017. Entries can be mailed directly to Kids’ World News, 5747 North Otto Road, Charlotte,

All About Books

As the weather slowly changes and we begin to spend more time indoors, it's the perfect time to enjoy a good book! This month, the librarians at the Kent District Library have recommended 3 great audio books that your entire family can listen to together! Have a great day! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Let's Make It!

Thousands of years ago, the Greeks and Romans used pieces of colored glass or stone to decorate buildings or to make pictures. This art form is called “Mosaic Art”. Using a modern twist on Mosaic art, let’s have some fall art fun! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

What I Want To Be

Entomology is the science of insects. People who study insects are called entomologists. Insects have been studied since prehistoric times, but it was not until as early as the 16th century that insects were scientifically studied. Some entomologists study how insects are related to each other. Others study how insects live and reproduce because we do not know very much about some kinds of insects. Other entomologists study ways to keep insects away from crops that people use for food. Learn more about entomologists in today's What I Want To Be. Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

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