Free printable Kwanzaa lesson plans, Swahili worksheets, African crafts, games

Habari Gani? This is the Swahili greeting given at Kwanzaa, the least known but fastest-growing of the winter holidays. When you greet someone with Habari Gani? you are asking "what's the news?" Kwanzaa--meaning "first fruits of the harvest"--celebrates family, community and culture. Kwanzaa is celebrated for seven days, from December 26 to January 1. In the seven days there are seven principles that people aim for. Here's the list in Swahili and English, plus free printable Kwanzaa lesson plans, Swahili worksheets, African crafts and games.  Free printable Kwanzaa lesson plans, Swahili worksheets, African crafts, games | Examiner.com

Homemade Oobleck, Silly Putty, Moon Sand, play dough, paper mache recipes | Examiner.com

 March is National Reading Month. For hands-on reading lessons how about homemade science recipes and kitchen chemistry experiments? Here are recipes for silly putty, noise or farting putty, Flubber, play dough, melting goop, Oobleck, Moon Sand, lint dough, modeling clay, paper mache, and soap dough.  Homemade Oobleck, Silly Putty, Moon Sand, play dough, paper mache recipes | Examiner.com

Convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky gets Penn State pension back, court says | Examiner.com

 Convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky gets his Penn State pension back, a court says. The Associated Press reported on Nov. 13, that the state must restore pension funds to former PSU assistant football coach. Sandusky's pension was removed three years ago when he was sentenced as a child molester. A Commonwealth Court panel ruled unanimously in favor of Sandusky. The court said the State Employees' Retirement Board erred by stating that Jerry Sandusky was a Penn State employee at the time he sexually abused 10 children. Sandusky ceased to be a PSU employee in 1999. The sex abuse convictions stem from when he operated a non-profit The Second Mile at PSUConvicted child molester Jerry Sandusky gets Penn State pension back, court says | Examiner.com

Halloween candy: Healthy ways to use up leftover trick-or-treat candy

 So trick-or-treat is over and now your kids have a haul of Halloween candy. And of course you want them to eat all that sugar as soon as possible (not!). Or maybe you're stuck with candy you couldn't give away because it rained on Halloween or you didn't get as many children for trick-or-treat. You could eat it all and then regret it. Or you could try one of these healthy ways to use up leftover trick-or-treat candy.  Halloween candy: Healthy ways to use up leftover trick-or-treat candy

Free printable Halloween lesson plans, Thanksgiving worksheets and fall holiday lesson plans | Examiner.com

 Teachers and homeschool parents, looking for free printable Thanksgiving themed worksheets and lesson plans for preschool kids? How about early reading and math lessons for kindergarten through second grade in fall themes? Worksheets are perfect for special needs children. Here's what you need. Free printable Thanksgiving worksheets and fall holiday lesson plans | Examiner.com

National Candy Corn Day Halloween recipes, Day of the Dead skull cookies with candy corn

Wanna hear a corny joke? It's National Candy Corn Day, says Time-Warner Cable News. October 30, one day before the Big H (Halloween) celebrates the trick-or-treat candy staple. Introduced by Goelitz Candy Company (now Jelly Belly) in the early 1900s, candy corn was an instant hit, says Better Homes and Gardens. Candy corn is to Halloween what Peeps are to Easter. Candy corn has an amazing versatility and can be used in a gajillion (a real word) Halloween recipes and trick-or-treats. Here areNational Candy Corn Day Halloween recipes, trick-or-treats and corny sweets | Examiner.com

Gay teen Brianna Popour suspended for 'lewd' lesbian shirt dress code violation - Grand Rapids News | Examiner.com

In South Carolina, a gay teen Brianna Popour was suspended for a "lewd' lesbian shirt dress code violation. Yahoo Parenting said September 14 that Popour, 18, wore a T-shirt that said “Nobody Knows I’m a Lesbian" to class at Chesnee High School in Chesnee, South Carolina. The girl says the high school administrator told her to change clothes or go home. So Popour went home. This story parallels other high profile news stories, like the Confederate flag fracas and Kentucky clerk Kim Davis who was jailed for refusing to sign gay couples' marriage licenses.Gay teen Brianna Popour suspended for 'lewd' lesbian shirt dress code violation - Grand Rapids News | Examiner.com

 

Drunk dad made 10-year-old son DD: John Barling charged with child endangerment

They say friends don't let friends drive drunk. But a guy in New York thought that meant his kid shouldn't let him drive drunk. A drunk dad made his 10 year-old son DD him Saturday, reported the Associated Press on August 17. The father John H. Barling, 46, sobered up quick when police arrested him. Barling was charged with child endangerment. And it wasn't just a car the intoxicated pop made his kid drive. Police say the upstate New York man had his tween boy drive a pickup truck as he sat inebriated in the passenger seat.  Drunk dad made 10-year-old son DD: John Barling charged with child endangerment - Grand Rapids News | Examiner.com

Free printable military soldiers cutouts, weapons, vehicles coloring pages - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

August 14, 2015 represents the 70th anniversary of V-J Day, that ended WWII. Teachers and homeschool parents, educate students on war history using realistic military coloring pages and cutout paper soldiers. Here are free printable military soldiers, weapons, vehicles to color and cut out. Coloring pages are historically accurate, detailed, challenging and educational. Most are labeled with details on war, country of origin and time period the soldier represents.  Free printable military soldiers cutouts, weapons, vehicles coloring pages - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

Memorial Day games: American patriotic outdoor games, RWB backyard waterpark - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

Here's homemade fun for Memorial Day or 4th of July. Host a red white and blue backyard waterpark. Set up 10 activity stations and play American patriotic outdoor games. Party guests, young and old can play, but make a safe zone for those who want to stay dry. Guests should wear bathing suits.Memorial Day games: American patriotic outdoor games, RWB backyard waterpark - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

 

Detroit Institute of Arts' Kahlo-Rivera exhibit gives Cinco de Mayo attitude

Looking for a Cinco de Mayo experience with attitude? Tired same-old margaritas and tacos? Or maybe you just need a break from the standard pablum. Then friend, you need the Detroit Institute of Arts. There's plenty to challenge, but particularly Frida Kahlo-Diego Rivera exhibit. These two Mexican artists were anything but stereotypical. Their passion for communism, reflected in their individual art, provides interesting contrast to commercial Cinco de Mayo schmaltz.   Detroit Institute of Arts' Kahlo-Rivera exhibit gives Cinco de Mayo attitude

Free printable earth science worksheets, activities for Arbor Day, Earth Day in April Earth Month

There are many reasons to celebrate April. April bids farewell to winter and ushers in spring. Easter and Earth Month are celebrated in April. April 22 is the official Earth Day and April 24 is Arbor Day. Here are environmental science worksheets and lesson plans to explore this "green" month of April.  Free printable earth science worksheets, activities for April Earth Month - Grand Rapids Holidays | Examiner.com

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