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

in this issue

1 min.
life lessons

In this month’s Tex and Indi story (pages 6 to 9), the children couldn’t get their kites up in the air. They were about to go home when a gust of wind came along. It was a kite-flying day after all. The original title of this story was “What Do Kites Need?” We decided “A Kite-Flying Day” would be a better choice. But later, as I thought about the original title, a new question popped into my head: “What do kids need?” This story reminded me that children need supportive interactions with adults in order to cope with disappointments and learn patience and persistence as they try new things. And then, when children are more secure and skilled, they also need us to pull back and trust them to fly solo. I hope…

1 min.
a kite-flying day

Indi had a butterfly kite. Tex had a bee kite. And Tex’s best friend, Niko, had a rocket ship kite. Niko’s mom and baby sister, Annie, and their dog, Daisy, were at the park, too. Tex said, “Maybe if we hold our kites higher like this, the wind will catch them.” But that didn’t work. “Maybe we should run really fast like this,” said Indi. But that didn’t work either. “Maybe we just need to talk nicely to our kites,” said Niko. “Pretty please, go up in the air, little kite.” That didn’t work, but it did make everyone laugh. “I think this may not be the best kite-flying day,” said Niko’s mom. “We might need to try again on a windier day.” As they headed for home, a big gust of wind came along and…

1 min.
a family visit

Doña Rosa was very excited. Her family was coming for dinner. Her friends Mary and Lucy were having dinner with her, too. And they were helping her cook. When they were done working in the kitchen, they sat in the living room. Doña Rosa pulled out her photo album to show her friends some pictures of her family. “Esta es mi mamá,” she said, showing a portrait of her mom. “You look just like her!” said Lucy. “Este es mi hermano,” she said, showing a picture of her brother. “Yes, we met him at the lake,” said Mary. The doorbell rang. Doña Rosa opened the door and three baby flamingos zoomed into the house, followed by their dad. “¡Hola, tía Rosa!” the little flamingos said. “And who are these little ones?” said Lucy. “Estos son mis sobrinos,” said…

1 min.
jared’s favorite button

Jared and his sister, Emma, loved pushing buttons. They usually took turns, but not today. Emma was at school. So Jared was pushing all the buttons. He pushed the microwave-oven buttons. He pushed the dishwasher buttons. He tapped the elevator buttons. He even mashed Mommy’s car-key button to unlock the car. At the grocery store, Jared saw Mrs. Murphy near the big front doors. He used both hands to push the large button. “Thanks,” said Mrs. Murphy. At their last stop, Jared ran ahead of Mommy. He stood on tiptoe and stretched his fingers long. He couldn’t reach the button. He didn’t want Mommy to help. He saw an umbrella by the door. He picked it up and poked the pointy tip against the button. Ding-dong! Gramps opened the door and lifted Jared off the ground. “Did you ring my…

1 min.
a recycled band

Shoebox Guitar You Need • Shoebox• 3 rubber bands• 2 pencils Adult: Cut a circle in the top of the box. 1. Place the rubber bands around the box lengthwise. 2. Insert pencils under the rubber bands. 3. Pluck the rubber bands to make music. Sandpaper Sounds You Need • Sandpaper• 2 plastic cups• Tape 1. Cut sandpaper so it fits around the middle of the two plastic cups. 2. Tape the sandpaper around the middle of the cups. 3. Rub the sandpaper cups together to make noise. Invite your friends to join your band! Photos by Guy Cali Associates, Inc.…

1 min.
make a rain meter

You Need • Masking tape• Fork• Permanent marker• Clear plastic cup 1. Place a piece of masking tape on a flat, nonstick surface, such as a kitchen counter. Lay the fork handle across the bottom of the tape. 2. Use the permanent marker to make a line on the tape above the handle. Move the fork up so it sits on the line. Draw another line above the handle. Repeat until you have made five lines. 3. Number the lines with the marker. 4. Place the tape on the outside of the cup. Put the cup outdoors in a spot where rain can fall in. Photos by Guy Cali Associates, Inc.…