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Highlights High Five November 2020

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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in this issue

1 min.
worth repeating

A few months ago, High Five received an important e-mail: Sophia, age 3, had learned to ride her bike without training wheels! Our team was so delighted that Sophia and her family shared this impressive moment with us. Bike riding is a great example of a skill that is learned through effort and repetition. In order to ride, you need to train your muscles. You need to go through the motions repeatedly. You may need to fall a few times and get up again. In this month’s story “Piano Practice” (pages 20–23), Sophie wants to learn piano, but it’s her older sister who receives lessons. So Sophie plunks on the piano when she can, watches her sister, and practices daily in her own way. Like Sophie and Sophia, young children need…

1 min.
a big welcome

Just as the kindergartners were sitting down for circle time, Chandeep came running in.“Why are you late?” asked Indi.“My mom got home from the hospital with a special surprise,” said Chandeep. Ms. French smiled. “Would you like to tell the class about your surprise?”“I have a new baby brother!” said Chandeep. “His name is Jeevan. He’s tiny and cute, but he cries a lot.”“My baby sister cried a lot at first,” said Evelyn. “But now, when I make funny faces, she laughs and laughs!” Later that day, the class made a banner for Jeevan. “I’m drawing heart flowers so the baby has a garden full of love,” said Indi. “I’m drawing our kitty Charlie,” said Tex. “He’s meowing, ‘Welcome, Jeevan.’” At the end of the day, Chandeep’s mother and baby brother came to pick…

1 min.
piano practice

Sophie sat at the piano and poked keys. Plink, plonk, plunk! Her sister Harper came over. “Can I sit here? I need to practice.” “I want to take piano lessons,” said Sophie. “The teacher is too busy,” said Harper. “She doesn’t have time for new students.” Sophie watched Harper’s fingers move. Do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-do. The next day, Sophie set her thumb and two fingers on the keyboard. Do-re-mi. “I need to practice,” said Harper. Sophie moved her fingers and watched as her sister practiced. Then Sophie pretended to play piano during dinner and in bed until she fell asleep. On the third day, Sophie sat at the piano, stretched out her hand on the keyboard, and played. Do-re-mi-fa-so! “Wow,” said Harper. “You’ve learned a lot.” “I really wish I could take lessons,” said Sophie. “My piano teacher is too busy,” said Harper. “But I’m not. I…

1 min.
first-day jitters

Doña Rosa was going back to school, but she was feeling nervous. She decided to walk to school to get her jitters out. “Good morning, Doña Rosa,” said a mail carrier. “Where are you heading?” “Buenos días, señor cartero,” said Doña Rosa. “Voy a la escuela.” “That sounds like fun,” said the mail carrier. “Good luck!” School would be fun, but Doña Rosa still felt nervous. She walked past a fire station. “Hello, Doña Rosa,” said a firefighter. “Do you have any exciting plans for today?” “Hola, señora bombera,” said Doña Rosa. “Voy a la escuela.” “You’re going to do great,” said the firefighter. “Have fun!” By the time Doña Rosa arrived at school, she was no longer nervous. “Welcome,” said the teacher. “Gracias, maestra,” said Doña Rosa. “Who’s ready for school?” asked the teacher. Doña Rosa and her classmates raised their hands.…