You Know You’re Excited for the Holidays When . . .
The holidays are in full force right now: Salvation Army bells on every street, holiday music floating out from every store, window displays worth ooh-ing and aah-ing over . . . and chocolate, chocolate everywhere! The holiday spirit is infectious (as are the cold and flu, which are also floating around this time of year, so remember to wash your hands)! Have you caught the holiday bug? You know you’re excited for the holidays when . . .
You have a holiday playlist blasting 24/7, and you’re still not sick of it.
You’ve watched the movie Elf 5 times already since Halloween.
You catch yourself singing along to “Winter Wonderland” at the mall.
You are infected with the spirit of giving, and you can’t stop thinking of great gift ideas.
You’ve broken down your wishlist into High Priority, Medium Priority, and Low Priority categories.
You check your calendar every day and count down the days to Christmas (4 more days!).
You drink hot chocolate with a candy cane every day after school. In fact, your diet is 5% peppermint-flavored candies, 5% real food, and 90% chocolate in any and every form.
It is cookie o’clock every hour of the day.
You gathered a bunch of empty boxes and old books and wrapped them in holiday paper so it looks like you have a big pile of presents in your room. You are actually drowning in wrapping paper and ribbon, and you have never been happier.
You can’t stop wearing holiday-themed sweaters. You will NEVER stop wearing holiday-themed sweaters.
You add cinnamon to everything. EVERYTHING!
The sound of jingling bells makes you look up in the sky for reindeer.
You have decorated your locker with glitter and paper cut-out snowflakes.
You keep wishing for snow . . . even if it’s sunny at 75 outside.
Are you ready for the holidays? What are the things you do to get excited? Share in the Comments below!
Meet the actor who plays the most famous hairy giant in movie history. Few movie characters are as well known as Chewbacca from the Star Wars films. But what about the person inside the giant Wookiee suit? He’s Peter Mayhew, a British actor who stands 7 feet 3 inches tall. Mayhew, age 71, returned to his famous role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (rated PG-13). The seventh film in the series opened on December 18. Here’s what he recently had to say about playing Chewbacca and being a real-life giant. Continue reading →
Kingdom Keepers is a book series about a group of teenagers who were chosen to be transformed into holographic guides, called Disney Hosts Interactive, at Disney World. Due to a glitch in the technology used to create their holograms, however, the teenagers find themselves transported into their hologram forms at night! They find out that the Disney Villains have formed a group called the Overtakers, and they are planning on, well . . . overtaking the world. Guess who’s the only hope of stopping them?
If you like fantastic adventure stories with a hearty dose of mystery and magic, you’re going to LOVE Kingdom Keepers. And if you’re already a fan, we’ve got some great readalike books for you. So buckle up and get ready for a wild, fantastical ride with these tales of fairytales come to life!
Yes, winter break is finally here. You know what that means. No school, no homework, and lots of free time to do whatever! I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to catch up on all of my favorite books and authors. Have you decided which books you are going to pick up or which series you are going to catch up on? If you’re not sure, here’s a winter reading quiz to help you decide what to read during your long, cold winter break.
Which books did you get? Let me know by dropping a Comment below. Happy reading everyone!
Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander. 2015 Warner Bros Entertainment inc.
You know that the new wizarding movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them written by J.K. Rowling is coming out in November, 2016. (Watch the trailer here!) The movie will be set in New York in 1926, and here is a surprising fact I learned about the word Muggle: American wizards don’t use the word “Muggle” to describe non-magical people!
If you are a wizard from America, then you already know this, and I’m sorry to be boring you, but for the rest of us, this might come as a surprise: American wizards call us “No-Maj” like an abbreviation of “no magic.”
What?? All this time I’ve been referring to myself as a Muggle while all the American wizards were calling me No-Maj!
What do you think of the American word for Muggle? Tell us in the Comments.
It was a cold and rainy day, but hundreds of people gathered near the Texas State Capitol in Austin, Texas, on November 29 to voice their concerns about climate change. The march was organized by a branch of the Global Climate Movement, a worldwide campaign that is working to raise awareness about the threat that climate change poses. The organization sponsored 2,300 similar rallies in more than 150 countries over the course of the weekend. Continue reading →
Crenshaw by Katharine Applegate
Jackson’s imaginary friend Crenshaw helps him deal with the tough stuff his family is going through. If you loved Newbery Medal-winning The One and Only Ivan, try this new book by the same author.
Minecraft: The Complete Handbook Collection This ultimate updated collection includes the Essential Handbook, Redstone Handbook, Combat Handbook, and Construction Handbook.
Kids today spend a lot of time doing homelike, like, A LOT, up to 2 hours a night sometimes! Even Kindergarteners and 1st graders get homework! What’s the deal?
According to the Center for Public Education, teachers assign homework because they believe that homework builds character, work habits, and study skills. Parents and teachers are also afraid that without homework, kids will spend all their time “watching television, instant-messaging, or playing video games.”
But too much homework can actually be harmful. The 2013 American Psychological Association survey found that 45 percent of U.S. schoolchildren were stressed-out by homework. The Center for Public Education says that for middle schoolers, the perfect amount of homework per night is 1 hour. More than that and it could start getting too stressful to really help you academically.
Some parents and school districts are starting to realize that maybe kids are doing too much. An elementary school in Gaithersburg, Md. banned homework in favor of 30 minutes of nightly reading. And some parents of younger kids are asking teachers if they can opt-out of homework altogether.
What do YOU think about homework? Tell us how much time you spend every night on homework and if you think it helps you to be a better student. Be honest!