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

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 bird houses, and finish by connecting the dots! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

All About Books

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 books they recommend! Read more, read often! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Outer Space

Space Word Search Challenge your puzzle solving skills and find the words listed! These are words that relate to space, astronomy, our solar system and the wider universe! Complete the Space Word Search in today’s Outer Space! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Down On The Farm

Blueberries Blueberries are a fruit that has been around for thousands of years. They are one of Native America’s perennials - meaning they regrow every year. Blueberries were once called “star berries” be-cause of the star-shaped formation on their skin that is left from the flower that formed the fruit. There are more than 50 species of blue-berries grown! Long ago, explorers made a note about wild blueberries they dis-covered on their explorations. Lewis and Clark found that Native Americans in the Northwest Territory smoked wild blueberries to preserve them for the winter months. Early settlers loved the fruit as a staple ingredient in foods and medicines. They ate them fresh off th

Spotlight On Health

Learning About Ears! Ears come in all shapes and sizes! People have them and so do many animals! Did you hear something? Maybe the sound you heard was as quiet as your dog breathing or maybe it was loud like a siren. Ears are in charge of collecting sounds, processing them, and sending sound signals to your brain. And that's not all - your ears also help you keep your balance. The ear is made up of three different sections - The Outer Ear - The Middle Ear - The Inner Ear - and they all work together so you can hear! Read all about how ears work in today's Spotlight On Health! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Welcome Back to School 2020-2021!

With many schools starting this week and next, we'd like to welcome back all of our teachers and students to the 2020 - 2021 school year! We trust everyone had a safe, enjoyable summer! While the start of school may be very different for many of us this year, we are super excited for everyone to return to school and get started learning. We hope this year, though perhaps different, will be filled with new, fun and successful experiences for all of you! Learn, grow and read often!

All About Music

The Violin! Did you know music is important to learning? It’s true! Music helps you understand math, practice good manners (including patience!), and become a team player. It helps to develop physical skills, improve social skills and boost self-esteem! Have you ever thought about playing an instrument? What instrument do you think you’d like to play? How about the violin? It’s one of the most popular string instruments. Learn more about the violin in today’s All About Music! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF. #music

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: Caramel Filled Apples, Soft Pretzels, and Pink Banana Blizzard. 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

Dominican Republic • The Dominican Republic in the West Indies occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with Haiti. Its area equals that of Vermont and New Hampshire combined. • There are many small offshore islands and cays that are part of the Dominican territory. A cay is a low elevation sandy island that is formed on the surface of coral reefs. The two largest islands are Saona and Beata. • The Dominican Republic contains the highest mountain range in the West Indies called the Cordillera Central. Duarte Peak, at 10,417 feet, is the highest point in the West Indies. Read more about Dominican Republic in today’s Travel With Us! Click HERE to download th

Sports and Fitness

Every Day Exercise Kids exercise every day without even thinking about it. Just by being active - like when you run around outside or play dodge ball at school. Playing is a type of exercise! What else counts as exercise? Sports, dancing, push-ups or just reaching down to touch your toes! When you exercise, you’re helping to build a strong body that will be able to move around and do all the stuff you need to accomplish..... Read more about every day exercise in today's Sports and Fitness. Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

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, use the colors by number to color the picture! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF. #coloring

Let's Make It!

Green Sea Turtles Turtle Trivia: Did you know? Turtles have been living on earth for a very long time. For millions of years they shared the planet with dinosaurs. They survived and the dinosaurs did not. Turtles can be found living all over the world. There are over 300 different kinds of turtles that live in the oceans, wetlands, forests, grasslands, and deserts. Turtles don’t need to change their shells as they grow. The turtle’s shell grows with them like our bones do when we grow. Turtles are reptiles. Read more about Green Sea Turtles and learn how to draw one in today's Let's Make It! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Science Fun!

Having Fun with Science Experiments! In today's Science Fun! activity, try these two fun experiments... Blowing Up Balloons with CO2 Chemical reactions make for some great experiments. Make use of the carbon dioxide given off by a baking soda and lemon juice reaction, by funneling the gas through a soft drink bottle. Blowing up balloons was never so easy! Mixing Oil and Water ome things just don't get along when they are combined. For exam-ple, take oil and water. You can mix them together and shake as hard as you like but they'll never become mixed together.....or will they? ***Kids should never attempt to perform these experiments on their own; adult supervision required at all times.***

All About Michigan

The Sault Ste. Marie Canals The Sault Ste. Marie Canals are two ship canals that bypass the rapids on the St. Marys River (where the water falls 21 feet) between Lake Superior and Lake Huron at the cities of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and Ontario. They are popularly called the Soo Locks. These locks navigate the rise/drop of the water levels so ships can have safe passage. It takes 22 million gallons of water to lift a boat. The locks are powered by gravity itself! Water moves in and out of the lock chambers by just opening and closing valves. As a boat locks in from Lake Superior, the gates at each end of the locks are closed and a valve is open to let the Lake Superior water already in

What I Want To Be

I Want To Be a Meteorologist! Meteorology is a fun and exciting career! Meteorologists get to predict some of mother nature’s wildest weather. From hurricanes to tornadoes, heatwaves to blizzards - this career choice keeps you on your toes! Meteorology is the study of the atmosphere and is especially useful for weather forecasting. Atmospheric research has applications in weather prediction, climate change and our general understanding of weather patterns... Read more about the work meteorologists do in today's What I Want To Be! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

Visit The Wildside!

The World's Largest Snakes! What is the world’s largest snake? If you’re asking about weight, then it’s the Anaconda from South America! They can grow as big around as a grown man. If you’re asking about length, then it’s the Python Reticulatus from Asia! The world record for length is 33 feet! Read more about these giant snakes in today's Visit the Wildside! Click HERE to download this activity as a printable PDF.

August 2020

August is here...and there is so much to enjoy! Many people say August is like the Sunday of Summer...a time when after a fun-filled summer, we enjoy our final vacations and summer activities while preparing for fall and the new school year that's just around the corner. In fact, most kids start school in just three weeks! August Fun Facts August is named after Augustus Caesar, founder and the first emperor of the Roman Empire. In the early Roman calendar, August was actually the sixth month of the year. It was originally 30 days in length, but an extra day was added so that it would equal the number of days in July. The official flower for August is the gladiolus. These vertical-growing fl

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