Visit The Wildside!

Capybara The capybara is a large rodent that is native to South America! It is the largest rodent; about two feet tall, 4 feet in length and one hundred pounds! They resemble a guinea pig (who they are related to!) and have smooth brown fur. Capybaras inhabit savannas and forests near large bodies of water in large groups of 10 to 20 indi-viduals. They love to swim! The capybara is a semi-aquatic (lives on both water and land) mammal. A constant source of water is important to capybaras, who retreat into murky waters to escape from predators like jaguars, anacondas, caimans, pumas, ocelots, and harpy eagles. Capybaras are herbivores, which means they eat plants. A typical diet is made

Let's Make It!

Bubble Snakes! In the winter, sometimes it is nice to do summery things to remember fun times had in the warmth of summer. Here is a summer thing that you can try -- it's called Bubble Snakes! You may want to try this in the bathtub or another place that is okay to get soapy. Be sure to ask an adult first! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

What I Want To Be

I Want To Be a Marine Biologist! What is a marine biologist? What do they do as part of their job? Read our job description about a Marine Biologist to find out the answers to these questions and more in today's What I Want To Be! 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

Back In Time

Today, we travel back in time to learn about the first children who came to America on the Mayflower! #pilgrims #mayflower

Puzzle Fun

Start your day with some brain exercises in today’s Puzzle Fun! Circle the identical pictures, solve the 4 different mazes, find the 7 differences with the baby birds, and finish by connecting the dots and then color the picture! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Outer Space

Asteroids! An asteroid is one among millions of small solar bodies which revolve around the sun every day. They consist of rocks, metals and they can also contain organic compounds. Asteroids are concentrated mainly in the region known as the asteroid belt which lies between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. They can be as very large in diameter or can be just as small as a grain of sand. They are neither big enough to be called planets nor are they as small as comets. The asteroid belt is divided into an inner belt and an outer belt. The inner belt, which is made up of asteroids that are within 250 million miles of the sun, contains asteroids that are made of metals. The outer belt con

Down On The Farm

Honey Bees! People farm with bees for many reasons. Bees are beneficial in-sects because they produce honey, beeswax, and pollinate crops. Anyone can keep bees but there are also problems that go with it. They have the ability to sting! The farmer needs a suitable location, proper equipment and to find out where to get their bees from a supplier. They also need to learn as much as possible about bees from expert beekeepers and books before they get started. Let’s talk about bees. They are four-winged, flower feeding in-sects. They have body hairs and enlarged hind feet. Most bees have a stinger! Honeybees and bumble bees are the most common. Bumblebees are larger and stronger than hone

Spotlight On Health

I Can't Stop Itching! You may have a rash! A rash can also be called dermatitis (pronounced dur-muh-tahy-tis), which is a swelling or irritation of the skin. It can look red, dry, scaly, include lumps, bumps, blisters and pimples plus it’s itchy. Some rashes, combined with a fever can be signs of serious illnesses. A type of rash called Hives can be serious because they can be a sign of an allergic reaction and you would need immediate medical attention. Hives are reddish or pale swellings that appear on your body when a chemical called histamine (pronounced his-tuh-meen) is released in response to an allergen. The trigger can be a certain food, medicine or bug bite. A virus can also ca

All About Music

THE PIANO The piano is a very important part of music. Many musical notes do not seem possible without it and many notes sound better on the piano. The piano can play all types of music from classical to rock and roll. It can also be played solo or with other instruments, so it is very versatile. There is some disagreement on when the first modern style piano was built. Most say the modern style piano (or piano et forte, meaning soft and loud) was probably built by the Italian, Bartolomeo Cristofori in 1709. It was described as a harpsichord with both soft and loud! The difference between the harpsichords that came before and the piano was the way the strings sounded. Inside the piano the

Cooking Fun!

Bring your kids into the kitchen and have Cookin' Fun! Kids will love these simple and yummy recipes! This month try these delicious recipes: Chicken Pot Pie, Chicken Divan Crescent Squares, and Waldorf Chicken Salad. 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.

Travel With Us

Ivory Coast Côte d'Ivoire is the official name, but the country is also known as the Ivory Coast. It is in western Africa on the Gulf of Guinea, is a little larger than New Mexico. The country consists of a coastal strip in the south, dense forests in the interior, and savannas in the north. The capital is Yamoussoukro. Côte d'Ivoire was originally divided into several states and kingdoms before becoming a colony of France in 1893. It gained in-dependence on August 7, 1960. The population is over 25 million people! The currency is the West African CFA Franc. Weather in Côte d'Ivoire is very warm, and there are two rainy seasons and a dry season. The majority of rain falls between May and J

Sports and Fitness

Swim with safety this summer! Swimming is a great way to have fun in the sun this summer! How-ever, safety is extremely important whenever children are near a pool or open water. Swim lessons are a must for people of all ages. Swim lessons can teach a kid the mechanics of swimming which not only makes them safer in the water but also makes being in the water more enjoyable. Learning to swim can build a child’s confidence and self-esteem. Remember though, swim lessons are a precaution, they don’t prevent drowning. Swim lessons are NOT a substitute for water safety.... Read more about swimming with safety this summer in today's Sports and Fitness. Click HERE to download this activity as a

Coloring Corner

Coloring is not only a classic and favorite pastime for kids, but it's a simple activity that helps children to develop cognitively, psychologically, and creatively. It sparks their imagination and gives children an opportunity to express themselves. Coloring offers kids an opportunity to engage in a creative way of learning! In today's Coloring Corner, give the book and large letters some color and bring them to life! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF. #coloring

Use Your Imagination

Do you have a favorite pet? Some of us have pets that are near and dear to our hearts. Even if we don’t own one, we know someone with a pet that we enjoy being around. What do you think makes your favorite pet special? In today's Use Your Imagination, write about some of your ideas! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Math Adventures

Math Puzzle Fun! Sharpen your math skills by playing these fun puzzles! Going across the puzzle, you will either add or subtract 1 in sequence. Going down you add or subtract 10 in sequence. We give you one number to start and you take it from there! Have fun! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF. #math

Mr. President

Ronald Reagan 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 p

Famous American Women

Betsy Ross Betsy Ross was born in 1752 as Elizabeth Pheobe Griscom. She was born as the eighth child out of seventeen, but only eight of her siblings lived to be adults. Betsy grew up in Philadelphia and attended a Quaker-run school. Her great aunt taught her how to sew, and after her school she took up an apprenticeship with a carpenter. There she met a young man named John Ross, and the young couple married in 1773 when Betsy was only 21 years old. The legend says that Betsy Ross created the first American flag in 1776, and she presented it to George Washington himself. This information was given by her grandson, and no record was kept but the legend lived and Betsy Ross was viewed as an A

Let's Make It!

Discovering Insects One warm summer day when I was five years old, I climbed under-neath a bush to play. To my surprise, I saw hundreds of ladybugs crawling over the moist ground under the bush. I had discovered “a ladybug garden party”. I watched these wonderful insects for a long time. What an exciting discovery I had made in my Gram’s garden that day! As you enjoy your summer vacation, take time to slow down and discover the world of insects. Being an insect detective and searching for amazing insects can be really fun. Sit beneath a tree, beside a pond, or by a flower garden. You may find a ladybug, grasshopper, ant, or even a stick bug. Whatever you find, look at its shape, color,

Science Fun!

The Importance of Rivers What is a river? A river is freshwater flowing across the surface of the land, usually to the sea. Rivers flow in channels. The bottom of the channel is called the bed and the sides of the channel are called banks. Rivers begin at their source in higher ground such as mountains or hills. Rain water or melting snow collects and forms tiny streams. When one stream meets another and they merge together, the smaller stream is known as a tributary. It takes many tributary streams to form a river. As the river flows downstream, it gains more water from other streams, rivers, springs, added rainfall and other water sources. The majority of rivers eventually flow int

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