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Highlights High Five December 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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Highlights for Children, Inc.
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
kitchen learning

Every December, I look forward to making cookies for my friends and family. My love of baking comes from my family, and it’s something I now share with my daughter. As we bake together, I try to use this time to introduce and explore math and science concepts. For example: the sprinkle bottle is empty; the heat changes the dough into cookies. So much learning can happen around food. You might talk about the ingredients needed in “The Christmas Eve Tradition” (pages 12–15), or point out the importance of temperature in “Easy-Peasy Baked Meatballs” (pages 34–35). In fact, you’re probably already using math and science words without giving it much thought. What a tasty introduction to important ideas! Do you have a favorite family recipe? I’d love to hear about it! Sincerely, We love…

1 min.
a trip to the doctor

“Welcome, Indi and Tex,” said the nurse. “Follow me.” “I’m not sick,” said Tex. “You don’t need to check me out.” “It’s good to have a checkup even if you’re not sick,” said the nurse. “We want to make sure you’re as healthy as you can be!” She checked the twins’ height and weight and gave them patient gowns to change into. “Good morning, Indi and Tex. I’m Dr. Bekele. How are you doing today?” “I’m great!” said Indi. “Me too,” said Tex. “But I’m also a little nervous.” “Thanks for telling me that, Tex,” said Dr. Bekele. “I feel nervous sometimes too. I’m going to take a little listen to your chest. Would you like to hear your heartbeat?” “Cool!” said Tex. “My heart sounds like a drum!” “You’re right,” said the doctor. “A good, strong drum!” The doctor also…

1 min.
the christmas eve tradition

It was a Christmas Eve tradition for Papa and Mama and Sam to bake chocolate-chip cookies together. Last year, Sam’s sister, Luna, had been just a few months old. She had slept most of the day. This Christmas Eve, Luna wanted to help. Sam told her: “It’s Mama’s job to gather the supplies. It’s Papa’s job to stir the dough. It’s my job to spoon the cookies onto the baking sheet.” “There must be something Luna can do,” said Papa. “I know,” said Sam. “Luna can top each cookie with a dried cherry.” “Good idea,” said Papa. “I’ll get the cherries,” said Mama. “Waaa!” cried Luna. “Sorry,” said Sam. “It’s a tradition.” Papa smiled. “Before you were born, Sam, it was Mama’s and my tradition.” Sam was surprised. “It was?” “Yes,” said Mama. “But it’s more fun now with you helping.” With…

1 min.
the king who forgot how to eat

One morning, King Rumbletummy awoke in his castle in Faraway Land. His tummy was very rumbly, so he went downstairs for breakfast. He sat in his usual chair. He placed his usual napkin in his lap. He looked at his usual plate. “Smells yummy!” said King Rumbletummy. First, he took a sip from his glass. “Hmm,” he said. “I’m still thirsty.” Next, he lifted his fork to his mouth. He bit down on the metal. “That’s not very tasty,” he said. Last, he scooped his spoon into a bowl and chomped down. “Not very filling,” he said. In walked Princess Butterbread. She loaded her plate with fruit, toast, and eggs. Then she looked over at her father. “Daddy,” she giggled. “I think you forgot the food!” Princess Butterbread passed the serving dishes to him. King Rumbletummy laughed. “I…

1 min.
lola chick’s masks

On Friday, Grandma Hen and Lola Chick were going to the market. “Which mask would you like to wear today?” asked Grandma Hen. “Hoy quiero una azul,” said Lola Chick, picking the blue mask. Hoy quiero una azul. OY key-EH-roh OO-nah a-SOOL Today I want a blue one. On Saturday, Grandma Hen and Lola Chick were heading to the library. “Which mask would you like to wear?” asked Grandma Hen. “Hoy quiero una roja,” said Lola Chick. She picked a red mask. Hoy quiero una roja. OY key-EH-roh OO-nah ROH-hah Today I want a red one. On Sunday, Grandma Hen and Lola Chick were going to the playground. “Which mask would you like to wear today?” asked Grandma Hen. “Hoy quiero una con estrellas,” said Lola Chick. Grandma Hen looked confused. “We don’t have any masks with stars!” she said. “Un momento,” said Lola…

1 min.
easy-peasy baked meatballs

You Need ⋆1 pound lean ground meat⋆(beef, pork, or turkey) 1 green onion, snipped with clean scissors or chopped⋆ ¼ cup dried bread crumbs⋆2 garlic cloves, minced⋆ 1 egg, slightly beaten⋆1 teaspoon salt⋆ ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper⋆1 teaspoon dried herbs like parsley, oregano, or thyme 1 Spray. Adult: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray. 2 Mix. Combine the ground meat, green onion, bread crumbs, garlic, egg, salt, pepper, and herbs in a large mixing bowl. Mix gently with a wooden spoon. 3 Roll. Scoop 1 heaping tablespoon of mixture into your hand. Roll into a golf-ball-sized meatball. Place on the prepared baking sheet about 1 inch apart. Adult: Bake for 15–18 minutes, or until meatballs are browned. Meat thermometer should read 165°F. Wash Your Hands…