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Highlights High Five April 2016

For beginning readers! The stories and poems, crafts and recipes, puzzles and other activities in this read-only digital version of High Five magazine set children on the path to lifelong learning. Each 36-page issue reinforces reading skills, math skills and other areas of learning, and offers activities that help build self-confidence. Visit Highlights.com to learn more. Ages 2-6.

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Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Highlights for Children, Inc.
Frequency:
Monthly
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
letter names + letter sounds

Your child learns a lot about how print works each time you open an issue of High Five™ and read together. He or she learns that the black marks on the page are the words we read and that the pictures can help us understand what we read. This month, “Kooky K’s” (pages 16 and 17) provides even more targeted literacy learning. After your child finds the K’s hidden in the illustration, hunt for the K’s in the poem. Then, as your child points to and names objects in the picture that begin with the K sound, he or she will start to connect the sound with the letter K. We include features like this one because once children can link sounds and letters, they are better prepared to learn to…

1 min.
practice makes perfect

“There!” said Indi. “The oranges are all in the bin.” “And all the bananas are on the shelf,” said Tex. “Good,” said Mom. “How about helping Dad up front?” The twins skipped over to the counter to help bag Mrs. Lee’s groceries. “You have wonderful helpers!” said Mrs. Lee. “I sure do,” Dad said proudly. But just then—CRASH!—the orange juice slipped out of Indi’s hands. “Oh no!” cried Indi. “Don’t worry,” said Tex. “I’ll get the mop.” Dad cleaned up the mess, and Mom brought another container of juice. “Hmm,” Indi said quietly. “Maybe I shouldn’t bag the groceries.” “Nonsense,” said Mrs. Lee. “That was just an accident. Besides, how will you get better at it if you don’t practice?” “Our teacher, Ms. French, says practice makes perfect,” said Tex. “Your teacher sounds very wise,” said Mrs.…

1 min.
time to plant

Grandma Hen and her little helper, Chica-Chick, were in the garden. It was time to plant their vegetable seeds. “First, we need soil,” said Grandma Hen. “Aquí está la tierra,” said Chica-Chick. She opened a bag of soil and poured it into the vegetable bed. “Now, we need to dig holes in the dirt,” said Grandma Hen. “Aquí está la pala,” said Chica-Chick, holding up a small shovel. She used it to dig holes for the seeds. Grandma Hen found a shovel and dug holes, too. “Now, we need to plant the seeds,” said Grandma Hen. “Aquí están las semillas,” said Chica-Chick. They worked together and planted all the seeds in rows. “Now, we need to water the soil,” said Grandma Hen. Chica-Chick looked for the hose, but she couldn’t find it anywhere. But just then, she felt a…

1 min.
let’s pretend

One day, Bert and Beth took their cars and trucks outside. “Look! I’m making roads,” said Bert. “And these pinecones can be the houses,” said Beth. “Wow!” said Bert. “The ants like our roads, too.” “Those ants are so small,” said Beth. “I bet they look at us and think we are giants.” “We are giants!” said Bert. “Let’s pretend we’re so big that we can see over the tops of the houses.” “We can walk through the river without getting our clothes wet!” said Beth. “And we’re taller than all the trees in the forest!” said Bert. When the giants got home, Grandpa said, “Hi, little ones. What did you do today?” “We weren’t little ones today. We were giants,” said Beth. “Then it sounds as if you’re ready for some giant sandwiches,” said Grandpa. “Let’s eat!”…

1 min.
guess my riddle

“I’ve got a riddle for you,” said Wormy. “Why did the little worm cross the road?” “To get to the other side,” answered Squirmy. “And why did the little worm cross the playground?” asked Wormy. “I give up,” said Squirmy. “To get to the other slide!” said Wormy. “My turn,” said Squirmy. “Why did the piece of gum cross the road and the playground?” “Why?” asked Wormy. “Because it was stuck to a little worm!” said Squirmy. “I have one,” said Mortimer. “What is DOWN and UP, IN and OUT, SHORT and TALL, HERE and THERE?” “I don’t know,” Squirmy said, “but we’ll figure it out. If you’ll get DOWN in that hole,” he told Wormy, “I’ll get UP on this rock. Does that solve the riddle?” “I don’t think so,” said Wormy. “But you’re IN the hole and I’m OUT…

1 min.
avocado boats

You Need • 1 ripe avocado• ¼ cup finely chopped celery• 1 cup shredded or cubed cooked chicken• 2 tablespoons mayonnaise• Paprika Before You Begin Adult: Cut the avocado in half. Remove the pit. Separate the avocado from the shell. Set shells aside. Finely chop the celery. 1. Combine the celery, chicken, and mayonnaise in a bowl. Mix well. 2. Lightly mash the avocado with a potato masher or fork. Add it to the chicken mixture. 3. Fill each avocado “boat” with the mixture. Sprinkle paprika on top and dig in! Photos by Guy Cali Associates, Inc.…