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Highlights High Five May 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.
teaching others

Do you remember helping your school friends study? I found it was one of the best ways to ace a test. Why? Because teaching others cemented my own understanding. I was reminded of the importance of peer-to-peer learning as I read “Counting Stars” (pages 20 to 23). In this story, Pepe Parrot helps his friend Spunky Monkey learn to count in Spanish. In the process of counting the stars, both characters learn something new. Spunky realizes he can turn to his friend for help. And Pepe develops confidence in his ability to teach someone else what he knows. Long ago, one-room-schoolhouse teachers sometimes had to rely on the older students to teach the younger ones. You can, too. Step aside when you can and encourage your child to help and share what…

1 min.
a mother’s day surprise

“Good morning,” said Ms. French. “Today we will start working on our Mother’s Day presents.” “Isn’t Mother’s Day still kind of far away?” asked Indi. “Yes,” said Ms. French. “But our presents are going to take some time to grow.” She handed everybody a small plastic zipper bag, a wet paper towel, and a couple of small dry beans. The kindergartners put their beans on top of the wet paper towel, put the towel inside the bag, and zipped it shut. Then they wrote their names on their bags. “Our beans need the sun’s warmth in order to sprout,” said Ms. French as she taped the bags to the windows. Over the next few days, the kids could see roots growing out of the beans. The next week, Ms. French gave each child a small pot and…

1 min.
who will move in?

Our neighbors are moving away. Grandma baked cookies. I carry the basket. We all march over and say, “Good-bye.” The house is empty. The yard is empty. “Someone will buy the house,” Mom says. “When?” I ask. “Soon.” “Someone will move in,” Dad says. “When?” I ask. “Soon.” “We’ll have new neighbors,” Grandma says. “When?” I ask. “Soon.” But the house stays empty. The yard stays empty. Who will move in? And when? Then—a truck pulls up. “Someone has bought the house,” Mom says. “Who?” I ask. “I don’t know.” “Someone is moving in,” Dad says. “Who?” I ask. “I don’t know.” “We have new neighbors,” Grandma says. “Who?” I ask. “I don’t know.” “Let’s find out!” I say. Grandma baked cookies. I carry the basket. We all march over and say, “Hello.”…

1 min.
counting stars

It was a starry night in the rain forest. Pepe Parrot and Spunky Monkey had climbed up into some trees to look at the sky. “Look! It’s a full moon!” said Spunky. “The moon is so big and round!” “¡Mira! ¡Hay un millón de estrellas!” said Pepe. “One million stars? That’s a lot of stars! Let’s count in Spanish,” said Spunky. He was learning Spanish. “Great idea,” said Pepe. “It will be good practice for you.” Spunky started counting. “Uno, dos, tres.” “Cuatro, cinco, seis,” continued Pepe. “Siete, ocho, nueve . . . ,” said Spunky. But then he stopped. Pepe looked at his friend. Spunky was falling asleep. “Diez,” said Pepe softly. “Buenas noches, Spunky.” “Good night, Pepe,” said Spunky. And they both fell asleep under the stars. ¡Mira! ¡Hay un millón de estrellas! ¡MEE-rah! EYE oon mee-YOHN deh ehs-TRAY-yahs Look! There…

1 min.
cornelia and the nut

Poor Cornelia Rex is having a terrible night. “Maaaa-ma!” she yells. “I can’t sleep. Something is poking me!” Mama Rex climbs up the stairs with a quilt to put on top of the mattress, tucks Cornelia back into bed, and whispers, “Good night.” But Cornelia is still unhappy. “Maaaaaa-ma!” she roars. “I still can’t sleep. Something is jabbing me!” Mama comes back upstairs and puts two more quilts on Cornelia’s bed. When Mama hears Cornelia cry, “Something is still prodding me!” she drags three more quilts upstairs . . . and adds them to Cornelia’s bed. But as soon as she gets back downstairs, guess what she hears. “Maaaaaaaa-ma! I truly can’t sleep. There’s still something pricking me!” Empty-handed, Mama stomps upstairs, pulls all the quilts and the mattress off Cornelia’s bed, and finds . . . a…

1 min.
overnight french toast

You Need • 16-ounce loaf of french bread • 5 eggs • 1½ cups milk • ½ cup half-and-half • ¹/ ³ cup maple syrup • ½ teaspoon salt • foil Topping • 2 tablespoons melted butter • 2 tablespoons maple syrup Before You Begin Adult: Cut the bread into 1-inch slices. 1. Place the eggs, milk, half-and-half, maple syrup, and salt into a large bowl. Whisk the mixture until blended. 2. Place the sliced bread into a baking dish. Pour the mixture over the bread and press the slices into it. Cover the dish with foil and refrigerate overnight. 3. Remove the dish from the refrigerator at least one hour before baking. Adult: Preheat the oven to 375°F. Bake the french toast for 35 minutes or until golden brown. 4. For the topping, combine the melted butter and 2 tablespoons of maple syrup. Pour it over…