Giving Thanks is Healthy!

Giving thanks is good for your health! Thanksgiving is that special time when people are busy preparing meals and planning to see family and friends. But it's really about being thankful. When was the last time you stopped to really acknowledge the things you’re thankful for? There’s a whole host of reasons why we should make gratitude a daily practice and not something we do just on Thanksgiving. Research has shown that being thankful causes a whole host of health benefits, from improved immune systems, to feelings of connectedness, even higher morale. Here are some of the biggest health benefits — both physical and mental — of gratitude: It’s good for kids’ mental health. Grateful kids

Spotlight On Health

Bundle Up So You Don't Catch Cold! We hear that sentence quite often during the colder months. Everyone seems to get a cold at some point or another during the school year in spite of all the precautions. Did you know that the cold is the number one reason kids stay home from school? What exactly is a cold? A cold is an infection of the upper respiratory system caused by a virus. It affects the throat, ears and nose. The most common cold virus is called the rhinovirus (pronounced rahy-noh-vahy-ruhs) but there are more than two hundred other viruses that can cause a cold. There is not even a vaccination to prevent the common cold yet. But luckily for us, our immune system defends our bo

All About Michigan

Henry Ford Henry Ford was born July 30, 1863. He grew up on a farm in what is today Dearborn, Michigan. He was the oldest of six children. He went to a one room school house and did farm chores. At an early age he became interested in mechanical things and found out that he didn’t like to do farm work. At the age of sixteen in 1879, he left home and went to Detroit to work as an apprentice machinist. He was an apprentice for three years before returning to Dearborn. Once back in Dearborn, he operated and repaired steam engines, overhauled his father’s farm implements and occasionally worked in a Detroit factory. In 1888, he married Clara and made his living running a sawmill. In 1891,

Cooking Fun!

Bring your kids into the kitchen and have Cookin' Fun! Kids will love these simple and yummy recipes! This month try Pumpkin Bars and Brown Sugar Carrots! Remember, always follow kitchen rules: 1. Always ask an adult if you can use the kitchen. 2. Have all the ingredients before you start. 3. Wash your hands before you touch food. 4. Wear an apron or towel to keep your clothes clean. 5. Always clean up when you are finished. Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

November 2019 Quiz

This month's Quiz is now available! Download the Quiz Questions and Answers by clicking on the images below! November 2019 Quiz Questions November 2019 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

Math Adventures

In today's Thanksgiving-themed Math Adventures, solve the story problems, use the correct math symbol (+ or x) to complete the problems, and then circle the greatest number in each set of turkeys! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF. #math

All About Books

IT'S A CLASSIC! Every month, the librarians at the Kent District Library review dozens and dozens of children's books to help kids and parents make good selections. Here are 3 classic books they recommend for you to read! Read more, read often! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Sports and Fitness

It's almost impossible to grow up in the United States and not know about football, especially this time of year! Millions of people consider autumn to be football season. Football is a very popular sport that is played at high schools, colleges, and professional stadiums. It involves running, passing, kicking, and body contact. A football game is played between two teams of 11 players each. A team scores points by moving a ball across the other team’s goal line. The team that scores more points wins. Learn more about football and its history in today's Sports and Fitness! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Mr. President

The President of the United States is the elected head of state and head of government of the United States. The president leads the executive branch of the federal government and is the commander-in-chief of the United States Armed Forces. The president is elected to a four-year term by the people every four years on the first Tuesday in November. Since the office was established in 1789, 44 people have served as president. The first, George Washington, won a unanimous vote of the Electoral College. Grover Cleveland served two non-consecutive terms in office, and is counted as the nation's 22nd and 24th president. Our current president, Donald Trump is the nation's 45th president. John Fit

Science Fun!

Why Are You Right-Handed or Left-Handed? Do you know that more than 90% of the world is right-handed?But, there are more left-handed peoples than ever before. One of the main reasons for this is that years ago, teachers forced left-handed kids to write with their right hand! They were told that was the correct way. Actually, being left-handed is perfectly alright and totally natural. What makes a person left or right handed? Scientists are not sure and not all agree on the answer. They have noted however, that being left-handed runs in families. So the hypothesis or guess is that your genes or DNA influences whether or not you turn out to be left-handed or right-handed. Many scientist

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

In today's Use Your Imagination, imagine you spent a day in a candy village! What friends would you meet? Where would you go? Write a story about the fun you would have! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.


Platypus The platypus is an unlikely animal in nature. The animal is often described as a mix of a beaver (tail), duck (bill and webbed feet), and an otter (body and fur). Males are also venomous. They have sharp stingers on the heels of their rear feet and can use them to deliver a strong toxic blow. The platypus is a mammal. They hunt underwater. They have webbed front feet and steer with their back feet and beaver like tail that helps them move in the water. Folds of their skin cover their eyes and ears to prevent the water from entering. Their nostrils close with a watertight seal also. They scoop up insects, worms, shellfish, and larvae with their bill. They also pick up some grave

Down On The Farm

Turkeys! Did you know that wild turkeys are the largest game birds found in North America? It’s true! Wild turkeys live in the woods and are covered with dark feathers so they are not seen easily. They spend their days looking for food such as acorns, seeds, small insects and wild berries. Wild turkeys can fly! The female wild turkey can lay over a dozen eggs, which are a tan and speckled brown color. After a month or so, the eggs hatch and the babies stay with the mother for around one year. Most domestic turkeys have white feathers, but there are other varieties that are brown or light bronze. They have a flap of skin under their beak that is known as a wattle, and the flap of ski

Travel With Us

Republic of Ireland Ireland is a island nation on the western edge of Europe. Aside from Great Britain, is the second largest island on the continent. The capital is Dublin. It is also the largest city and is home to over a quarter of Ireland’s population! Ireland only takes up 80% of island, the other 20% is Northern Ireland which is a part of The United Kingdom. The population is about 5 million people! The currency is the Euro. There are four seasons in Ireland. Throughout Spring and Summer the climate stays around 40 degrees to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. In the Winter and Fall the climate stays around 46 degrees Fahrenheit. The traditional and most popular sports in Ireland are Gaelic footba

Sports and Fitness

Basketball Anyone? In December of 1891, basketball was invented by a Canadian who was a clergyman, educator, and physician. His name was James Naismith. He introduced this game when he was in Springfield, Massachusetts at the Young Men’s Christian Association Training School (now Spring-field College). His superior asked him to organized a vigorous recreation that was suitable for winter in-door play. At that time, the teams had 9 players. The first balled used were soc-cer balls and the goals were wooden peach baskets that were attached to the walls. In 1897-1898, teams of five became the standard. The game also spread nationwide, to Canada and other parts of the world. It was played b

Use Your Imagination

In today's Use Your Imagination, imagine you had a Great Zoo Adventure! What friends would you meet? Where would you go? Write a story about the fun you would have! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Let's Make It!

A Hungry Dinosaur! The dinosaur known as the Brontosaurus is now called the Apatosaurus. It was one of the largest land animals that has ever existed. This dinosaur lived in what is known as the Jurassic Period, 150 million years ago. The Apatosaurus, hatched from enormous foot long eggs and may have lived long enough to celebrate 100 birthdays! This huge dinosaur was an herbivore which means it ate only plants. The hungry Apatosaurus must have spent his entire day munching and crunching on plants to maintain his massive body. In today's Let's Make It!, make and decorate your very own dinosaur! Have fun! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Holy Spirit School

Motor Moms The Kindergarten classroom has recently implemented Motor Moms, an exercise program, into their curriculum for grades pre-K through 2nd. Motor Moms helps to improve basic skills and work on hand eye coordination as well as mind body connection. Our parent volunteers work with 3-4 students at a time as they work their way through five activity stations. The children have fun learning to balance as they spell out words and to coordinate the left and right side of their bodies.

Coloring Corner

Don't let the kids get bored this Thanksgiving holiday! In today's Coloring Corner, keep the kids busy by printing off this Thanksgiving picture and have the kids add some color! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF. #coloring

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