All About MIchigan

Sault Sainte Marie is the oldest city in Michigan, and among the oldest cities in the United States. Over the course of history, the flags of several sovereign nations have flown over the Sault. Over 2,000 years ago, Native Americans began to gather here for the wealth of fish and fur found along the rushing waters of the wide, turbulent river that linked the Great Lakes of Superior and Huron. Spring and fall were important seasons for these original settlers, and they called the area “Bahweting,” or “The Gathering Place.” The area’s first full-time residents lived in lodges framed of wood poles, sheathed with bark or animal hides. The river below the rapids provided an abundance of fish

Math Adventures

In today's Math Adventures, let's practice roman numbers! First, convert the roman numbers to whole numbers, then solve the roman number problems and use the answers to color the picture! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF. #math

Down On The Farm

Did you know that peaches originated in China? They have been cultivated since at least 1000 B.C.E. The peach tree is considered to be the tree of life in Chinese culture and peaches are symbols of immortality and unity. Peach blossoms are often carried by Chinese brides. Peaches traveled west by way of the silk roads to Persia, earning them the name Prunus persica. The story goes on from there. In Persia, Alexander the Great introduced them to the Greeks. By 50 to 20 B.C.E. the Romans called the peach, Persian apples and grew them to sell. Once the Romans cultivated the fruit, they were able to transport it north and west. The Spaniards brought peaches to South America. The French introduce

Sports and Fitness

EXERCISING THIS SUMMER IS EASIER THAN YOU THNK! Yeah! It’s summertime! We find it easy to sit around and watch TV, play video games or be on the computer. Those are fun things to do - but - it’s also important to choose to be active! Children and adults NEED to exercise! Why do kids need exercise? • Exercise makes you feel strong and healthy. • Your brain releases endorphins as you exercise. Endorphins are chemicals that make you feel good. • It helps you to relax and calms down stress. • Exercise helps you to have more energy. • Your muscles, bones, heart and lungs get stronger. • You sleep better at night. • Exercise helps you manage your weight. A great way to exercise -- and you

All About Music

Harpsichord The harpsichord is a musical instrument that looks like a piano but it sounds much different. Like the piano, it is played by means of a keyboard. It produces it’s sound by plucking a string (rather than striking, as in a piano) when a key is pressed. The harpsichord was used in Renaissance and Baroque music. The first music written for the solo harpsichord was published around the 16th century. Some of the famous composers that wrote music for the harpsichord were William Byrd, Domenico Scarlatti, J.S. Bach, Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Learn more about the Harpsichord in today’s All About Music! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Down On The Farm

Michigan is known for many things, but our state's diverse agriculture scene may surprise many. Michigan’s farmers provide consumers with food on nearly 10 million acres of farmland! Did you know Michigan farmers produce 300 different types of food and agricultural products? Here are 16 things you may not know about Michigan Agriculture: 1. Cherries: Michigan ranks 1st in the nation for tart cherry production, and 4th for sweet cherries. 2. Milk: Michigan ranks 1st in the nation for the production of low fat ice cream mix, but Michigan dairy farmers also contribute to other products such as Hudsonville ice cream, Kraft cheese, Yoplait yogurt, Michigan Made cottage cheese, and Country Fr

Travel With Us

Israel Israel is located in the Middle East and is about the size of New Jersey. In the east, Israel is bordered by Jordan, Syria, and the Palestinian Authority. Egypt borders Israel to the south, and Lebanon borders to the north. Israel borders two seas, the Mediterranean Sea and the Dead Sea. The water in the Dead Sea is so salty that no plants can live there and the water is warm all year a round. The mud in the sea is good for your skin! The government is a Parliamentary Democracy. Israel is the only fully democratic country in the Middle East. Unlike in America, no one party has control of the government. Instead, all the political parties get seats depending on how many votes they ge

Let's Make It!

Step outside to enjoy our beautiful Michigan summer and try this fun activity from the Grand Rapids Children's Museum!

Puzzle Fun

Start your day with a few brain stretches in today’s Puzzle Fun! Find the 7 differences in the fish, complete the maze to help the cat find his milk, fill in the words to create occupations, and play tic-tac-toe! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Northwest Elementary (Howell Schools)

The second graders at Northwest Elementary in Howell completed their writing research project just before summer vacation. Students illustrated, researched, and created QR codes for 15 historical landmarks. They framed their work and hung it around Howell so the whole community can learn about the history of our town "through the eyes of a second grader." Students researched all of these landmarks: Indian Trail Thompson Lake Courthouse Peanut Row Depot Museum Library McPherson family McPherson hospital One room schoolhouse All Saints Chapel Opera House First National Bank Indian Tree National Hotel Post Office Students also created passports with First Impression and are hoping to use them

Science Fun!

Facts About Some Of Our Famous Scientists! The world we live in today wouldn’t be the same today if it were not for famous scientists, whose discoveries, ideas, research, experiments and determination have shaped our lives in dramatic ways. They are an inspiration to those who have and who will in the future follow in their footsteps. Read more about our Famous Scientists in today’s Science Fun! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Coloring Corner

There’s a simple activity that helps kids to develop cognitively, psychologically and creatively: COLORING! They love to do it…and it can lead to a healthier, happier life! Here are just some of the benefits of coloring for kids: 1. Improves Motor Skills 2. Prepares Them for School 3. Stimulates Creativity 4. Contributes to Better Handwriting 5. Color Awareness, Recognition and Discernment 6. Improved Focus and Hand to Eye Coordination Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF. #coloring

Math Adventures

In today's Math Adventures, count the domino dots and do the math! Then, solve each math problem on the cowgirl and color her according to the key at the side! Have fun! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF. #math

Cookin' Fun

Bring your kids into the kitchen and have some Cookin' Fun! Kids will love these simple and yummy recipes! This month enjoy Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies, Buzzard's Nests, and Sugar Free No Bake Cookies! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

STEM in Sports!

Basketball Geometry Swish! The lovely sound of a basketball slipping through the net in the hoop, so perfectly centered that the ball doesn't touch the back stop or the rim! When this happens, a silent swish through the net is the only sound you hear. And, the ball safely sinks through to score. If the ball hits the rim of the hoop, the chance of it bouncing out increases. But to sink the basketball through the hoop, swish or not, a player doesn't throw the ball at the hoop. Rather a player uses knowledge of the parabolic arc to throw the ball so that it arcs over and up high enough to enter the basket from above. A parabola is a curve, shaped like an arch. It is also called a parabolic

Use Your Imagination

Sometimes, just a few words are all that's needed to inspire a great story that becomes all your own! Using your imagination, write a story based on these seven words: The Prince And The Fire Breathing Dragon. What do you think of? What story comes to mind? It can be anything you want...that's what makes your imagination so special! #writing

Mr. President

On February 6, 1911, Ronald Wilson Reagan was born to Nelle and John Reagan in Tampico, Illinois. He attended high school in nearby Dixon and then worked his way through Eureka College. There, he studied economics and sociology, played on the football team, and acted in school plays. Upon graduation, he became a radio sports announcer. A screen test in 1937 won him a contract in Hollywood. During the next two decades he appeared in 53 films. From his first marriage to actress Jane Wyman, he had two children, Maureen and Michael. Maureen passed away in 2001. In 1952 he married Nancy Davis, who was also an actress, and they had two children, Patricia Ann and Ronald Prescott. As president of th

Down On The Farm!

Love Birds There are nine species of lovebirds - 8 of them come from Africa, the remaining one from Madagascar. Their names are Gray- Headed, 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. Read on and learn more about Love Birds in today's Visit the Wildside! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

All About Books

Here are this month's book recommendations from the librarians at the Kent District Library. Have a great day! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Happy Independence Day!

Independence Day is one of the most important holidays in our country! Also called the Fourth of July, Independence Day marks the historic date in 1776 when the Declaration of Independence was approved by a group called the Continental Congress. The written declaration basically stated that the American colonies were tired of being ruled by Great Britain. It was time for them to become their own country. This is the day we became a nation! We wish you a safe and fun July 4th holiday!

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