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Highlights High Five November 2018

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.
expressing gratitude

When I was child, every fall my mother would make a large casserole for a local nonprofit that provided hot meals to people in need. When she wasn’t cooking, she made sure we donated extra cans of soup, boxes of pasta, and other items. Through these and other actions, my mother taught me the importance of helping people. In this month’s Tex and Indi story, “Thinking of Others” (pages 6–9), the twins’ parents collect nonperishables at their store for their neighbors who need help. Mr. Jones and his son Jamal show compassion by donating food and express their gratitude for the family’s store. There are many ways to help children learn about and practice compassion and gratitude. And reading stories about kindness is a great place to start. Best wishes for a…

1 min.
thinking of others

“Gobble, gobble,” said Tex and Indi as they helped put a turkey in a bag at their parents’ grocery store. “What nice, big turkeys you are,” said Mrs. Klausner. “Maybe I should return this turkey and take you two home with me instead.” “We’re not real turkeys!” said Tex, giggling. “We’re just pretending.” Behind Mrs. Klausner were Mr. Jones and his son Jamal. They bought three bags of groceries. Jamal put one of the bags into the Thanksgiving sharing box. “Thank you for being so generous,” said Tex and Indi’s mom. “We’re lucky to have kind customers like you.” “And we are thankful to have your wonderful market in our neighborhood,” said Mr. Jones. Then Tex and Indi’s sister, Arizona, walked out of the storage room with a tray. “I made these to share. Happy Thanksgiving!”…

1 min.
cornelia and the falling sky

Cornelia Rex was playing in the park when something landed on her tail. “The sky is falling!” she roared. “I must tell the queen!” Cornelia found Elizabeth Lizard. “What’s going on?” Elizabeth asked. “The sky is falling!” shouted Cornelia. “A piece of it landed on my tail!” “We must tell the queen!” said Elizabeth. Cornelia and Elizabeth found Benjamin Crocodile. “What’s going on?” he asked. “Cornelia Rex says the sky is falling!” said Elizabeth. “A piece of it landed on her tail!” “We must tell the queen!” said Benjamin. In a flash, they arrived before the queen. “Your Majesty,” gasped Benjamin, “the sky is falling!” “The sky is falling? How do you know?” asked the queen. “Because a piece of it fell on my tail, Your Majesty!” thundered Cornelia Rex. The queen reached over to Cornelia’s tail. She plucked off a pinecone that was…

1 min.
chica-chick makes a piñata

Grandma Hen was looking at a pile of old newspapers when she had an idea. “Let’s make a piñata,” she said. “First, we’ll need a balloon.” “Aquí está el globo,” said Chica-Chick, carrying a big balloon. Then Grandma Hen opened the kitchen cabinets. “We’ll mix flour and water to make paste.” “Aquí está la harina,” said Chica-Chick. She mixed the flour and water in a bowl while Grandma Hen tore strips of paper. “Now we dip these strips of paper into the bowl and place them on the balloon,” said Grandma Hen. “¿Así?” said Chica-Chick. “Yes, that way,” said Grandma Hen. They covered the balloon and let it dry. “Now you can paint the piñata,” said Grandma Hen. “Aquí está la pintura,” said Chica-Chick, and she painted the piñata. “What a colorful piñata,” said Grandma Hen after it was dry. “Would…

1 min.
good ways to push

“Jackson, I saw you push Sarah just now,” said Ms. Barney. “I didn’t mean to,” said Jackson. “It’s not OK to push people,” said Ms. Barney. “Please make sure Sarah is OK, and then sit next to Mrs. MacNeil at the table.” Once the class was seated for circle time, Ms. Barney said, “Sometimes pushing can be a good thing. Can anyone think of a good way to push?” Everyone thought for a moment. Ashley raised her hand. “What about pushing a swing?” “That’s a good push,” said Ms. Barney. “I have an idea,” said Laura. “You can push a door open.” “I can push the elevator button where my mommy works,” said Ethan. “These are all great ways to push,” said Ms. Barney. Jackson raised his hand. “Ms. Barney, I’ll try to remember not to push people. May I push…

1 min.
pumpkin mac and cheese

You Need • ½ pound (2 cups) uncooked jumbo elbow macaroni• 2 tablespoons butter• 2 tablespoons flour• 1 cup milk• 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese• ½ of a 15-ounce can (about 1 cup) canned pumpkin• ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard• ¼ teaspoon nutmeg Before You Begin Wash your hands. Adult: Prepare the pasta according to the package directions, cooking 1 minute less than directed so it is firm, not soft. Drain and set aside. Preheat the oven to 375°F. 1. Adult: Melt the butter in a medium-sized saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk in the flour until smooth. Add the milk and stir. Remove from the heat and let the mixture cool slightly. 2. Stir the cheddar cheese, pumpkin, mustard, and nutmeg into the cooled mixture. Whisk until slightly thickened. 3. Add the cooked macaroni.…