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Highlights High Five

June 2021
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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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United States
Highlights for Children, Inc.
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
nurturing optimism

Here at Highlights, optimism has been on our minds. We have been thinking about how we can partner with you in nurturing optimistic children who are curious and willing to try new things, who persevere and grow in confidence. This month, we’re celebrating our company’s 75th anniversary. In addition to looking back, we are thinking about the future and new ways we can support children who find the good in hard times, who learn from and move on from mistakes, and who believe that they can make a difference in the world. Even the small things can help support children’s optimism. In “Playing Catch” (pages 6–9), Tex and his best friend Niko demonstrate optimism when they turn a mishap into a new game. They’re not deterred when things don’t go as…

1 min.
playing catch

Tex was so excited to play catch in his best friend’s backyard. “Hi,” said Niko. “How come your baseball mitt is so big?” “I couldn’t find mine,” said Tex. “I’m borrowing my dad’s.” “It’s kind of gigantic,” said Niko. “Are you sure you can catch with it?” “Sure, I’m sure!” said Tex. But when Tex tried to catch the ball, the mitt slipped right off his hand, and the ball bounced right into Rosie’s mouth. “Here, Rosie!” called out Niko. “Give us back our ball!” But Rosie didn’t feel like giving back the ball. Rosie felt like playing chase! She ran in speedy loops all over the yard, and the boys ran in speedy loops trying to catch her. At last, when they finally caught up to Rosie, the boys laughed and laughed and laughed. “We started out playing…

1 min.
fishing with grandpa

When I go fishing with Grandpa, we put my life jacket on tight before we leave the dock. We slowly motor out of the boat slip to the wide-open bay. We pass seagulls perched on floating buoys, and I wave as we go by. When we hit the open water, Grandpa cranks up the speed. Then we really start to fly! We motor to the best fishing spots that only Grandpa knows. Grandpa baits our hooks with worms and rigs a sinker on the line. We drop our lines into the water until they hit the bottom. We wait for the fish to bite. When we see the bobber bounce, Grandpa shouts, “You got a bite!” I reel the fish in as fast as I can, and Grandpa scoops it up with a net. Grandpa unhooks the fish, and…

1 min.
eating an arco iris

Miguel loved foods that were amarillo. Bananas. Quesadillas. Yum! But other colors? No, thank you. One day, Mama said, “ Amarillo is nice, but this week, we’re going to try to eat an arco iris!” Miguel didn’t like new foods, but he did like rainbows. He decided to give it a try. arco iris AHR-koh EE-reess rainbow amarillo ah-mah-REE-yoh yellow Monday was rojo. Miguel ate strawberries at breakfast, nibbled on a tomato slice at lunch, and ate watermelon with dinner. Tuesday was naranja. Miguel sampled orange juice, sliced carrots, and sweet-potato tots. rojo ROH-hoh red naranja nah-RAHN-hah orange Wednesday was amarillo—but there were new yellow foods: corn on the cob, pineapple, and yellow apples. Thursday was verde: green bell pepper, kale chips, and buttery peas. Friday was azul and morado. Blueberries and grapes and fried eggplant were on the menu. verde BEHR-deh green azul ah-SOOL blue morado moh-RAH-doh purple On Saturday, Miguel proposed…

1 min.
super spaceship

You Need: • Cardboard tube• Colored paper• Marker• Tape• Scissors• Tissue paper 1 Decorate. Decorate a cardboard tube. We used paper and a marker. You might use stickers or paint. 2 Cut. Cut two right triangles for the wings. Cut a partial circle. 3 Tape. Fold one side of the triangle. Tape it to the bottom of the tube. Wrap the partial circle into a cone and tape to the top. 4 Snip. Layer tissue paper. Pinch it near the top and tape it. Snip the ends, then crumple. Tape inside the tube. Show us your spaceship at Highlights.com/HighFive.…