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Highlights High Five August 2017

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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Highlights for Children, Inc.
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
facing new things

New things—whether a new place or a new situation—can mean a hard adjustment for young children. Many years ago, a friend of mine always became sick every first day of elementary school. She knew what to expect, but all the newness of the day was too much. My friend’s situation sounds a bit like Indi’s in this month’s Tex and Indi story, “New Can Be Fun” (pages 6–9). Tex is excited to go to day camp, but Indi feels nervous. She wants everything to be the same as it was last year. When it’s not, she’s uneasy. Preparing kids for change can be a long process. But just as Dad reassures Indi that new can be fun, too, we can help children adjust by focusing on the positive while still respecting and…

1 min.
new can be fun

Tex and Indi were on their way to day camp. “I loved camp last summer,” said Tex. “Me, too,” said Indi. “I hope everything is exactly the same.” “Some things will be the same and some things will be different,” said Dad. “Just remember, different and new can be fun, too.” When they arrived, Indi looked around. The counselors were all new, and so was the rec center. “Yikes, everything looks different,” she said. “My stomach hurts. I think I need to go home.” Just then, a friendly teenager wearing a silly hat came over. “Hi. I’m your camp counselor, Jumping Jack. You’re just in time for the name game!” The campers formed a circle and called out their names as they tossed a big beach ball back and forth. The kids laughed a lot. Before…

1 min.
bert, beth, and the sandcastle

Bert and Beth were having a great day at the beach. They played in the water. They ate lunch. And then they decided to make a sandcastle. “Let’s make a really big one this time,” said Beth. When they had finished, Bert said, “Grandpa, look! Do you like our sandcastle?” “Wow,” said Grandpa. “That’s the biggest one you’ve ever made. It looks like a real castle.” He walked around the castle and then peeked in one of the windows. “I would love to live there,” said Grandpa. “You can’t live there,” said Bert. “Our castle is not big enough.” “But don’t worry, Grandpa. Tomorrow we will build a bigger one—just for you,” said Beth.…

2 min.
time to help, time to play

Chica-Chick was excited. She was going to Mr. Owl’s market nearby all by herself. Grandma Hen had asked her to buy one tomato and two avocados. On her way there, Chica-Chick skipped and sang, “Un tomate y dos aguacates.” Soon she saw her friend Rabbit. “Would you like to play hopscotch?” Rabbit asked. “No puedo. Voy al mercado,” said Chica-Chick. She kept on walking and singing, “Un tomate y dos aguacates.” Then she saw her friends the Chipmunks. “Would you like to jump rope?” they asked. “No puedo. Voy al mercado,” said Chica-Chick. “Un tomate y dos aguacates.” When she arrived at the market, Mr. Owl greeted her. “Hi, Chica-Chick. What would you like?” “Un tomate y dos aguacates,” she said. Mr. Owl handed her one tomato and two avocados. Chica-Chick paid for her groceries, put them into her bag, and…

1 min.
night sky mobile

You Need • Pencil • White craft foam • Scissors • Hole punch • White glow-in-the-dark paint • Paintbrush • Yarn • 12-inch stick Before You Begin Adult: Use a pencil to draw a moon and two stars on the craft foam. Cut them out. 1. Punch a hole in the top of the moon and stars. 2. Cover both sides of the moon and stars with paint. Let dry. Then paint both sides again. 3. Cut three pieces of yarn. Tie one end of each piece to the stick. Thread the other ends through the holes in the moon and stars and tie in place. 4. Tie a long piece of yarn to both ends of the stick. During the day, hang your mobile where the sun will shine on it. At night, hang it in your bedroom. Photos by Guy Cali Associates, Inc.…

1 min.
sweet strawberry pizza

You Need • Parchment paper • 12-ounce fresh pizza dough • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted • 10–12 strawberries, sliced • 2 tablespoons sugar • ¹/8 teaspoon cinnamon Before You Begin Adult: Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. 1. Stretch or roll the pizza dough into a large oval, and place it on the baking sheet. 2. Brush the dough with the butter. 3. Arrange the strawberries on top. Combine the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the pizza. 4. Bake the pizza for 20–25 minutes or until the dough is golden and the strawberries begin to bubble. Photos by Guy Cali Associates, Inc.…