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Animal Facts, Holiday Hacks, and So Much More

Updated: Jun 27, 2023

Welcome back to the CAFYIR blog! In today's post we will be talking about animal facts, holiday hacks, kindness and positivity, and so much more. Happy reading and get in touch with us using the #CAFYIR on all social media.

Artwork by Alexis


CAFYIR on the Computer

This week our CAFYIR on the Computer students are learning more about mindfulness and awareness! All of our students read the books "I am Peace" and "I am Yoga" to learn more about grounding and being present in the moment. Our students (K-8) also got to learn some awesome yoga poses with one of our volunteers, Laxmi!

Social Media

If you'd like to support our mission and learn a lot of new things while doing it, check us out on social media! Leave a like and follow, tag us in posts of you trying new things, and use the #CAFYIR when applying what you learned in our blog posts or YouTube videos.

Instagram: @cafyir

Twitter: @cafyir

Get Involved

If you'd like to get involved and help us provide hands-on, interactive lessons and workshops to students, consider sending your gently used books or school supplies (i.e. binders, backpacks, textbooks, and pencil cases) to 6441 S Chickasaw Trail, Ste. 189, Orlando, FL 32829. The supplies will be used as a part of our curriculum or given to students in need.


Fantastic Fact Floor

Today's fun fact theme is animals! If you know any fun facts about different animals share them with us on social media using the #CAFYIR.

  1. Did you know that crows can hold grudges against individual people?!

  2. Did you know that there’s a species of spider called the hobo spider?!

  3. Did you know that a Kangaroo can’t hop if you lift its tail off the ground?!

  4. Did you know that snakes can help predict earthquakes?!

  5. Did you know that honeybees can recognize human faces?!


Tip Toolbox

This week feature's some holiday tips and tricks. Check them out!

1) Spice up the holiday gifts! Instead of using name tags to indicate who is getting what present, try pasting a photo of the receiver on the front!

2) Create your own D.I.Y menorah using construction paper, popsicle sticks, and recycled toilet paper rolls. Decorate it using whatever you'd like!

3) Create festive Santa suit cups using red solo cups and construction paper!


Holiday Hub

If there's a holiday you celebrate share it with us on social media using the #CAFYIR.

December 16, 2020

Vijay Diwas Day: On December 16 India annually celebrates Vijay Diwas Day. This day is used to recognize the hard work and sacrifice the military has done. Many use this day to pay tribute to soldiers and admire their hard work. You can celebrate by recognizing the Indian military and learning more about them here.

December 17, 2020

National Wright's Brothers Day: This day is celebrated annually on December 17th as a day to recognize the many achievements from their careers. In addition, their most popular accomplishment was when they had the first successful flight in history in North Carolina. You can celebrate this day by learning more about their first flight and life accomplishments here!

December 18, 2020

Arabic Language Day: On December 18, Arabic Language Day is annually celebrated as a day to appreciate all the societal impacts the language has had on the world and will continue to make. Some of those achievements may include inventions like the toothbrush and chemistry. It is important to recognize this language as it is spoken by around 400 million people in 25 countries. You can celebrate by learning phrases in arabic like and learning more about the language here!

December 19, 2020

Look for an Evergreen Day: On December 19, Look for an Evergreen Day is celebrated annually. This day is used to appreciate the beauty of these trees outside of the confines of merely being bedecked with glittering lights and ornaments especially during the winter time. It was established by the National Abrosotionst Association and you can celebrate by learning more about trees here!

December 20, 2020

International Human Solidarity Day: On December 20th International Human Solidarity Day is celebrated and used as a unity day of the United Nations to encourage the discussion of ways to fix poverty through the Sustainable Development Goals including poverty eradication. You can celebrate by learning more about Sustainable Development Goals here!

December 21, 2020

Winter Solstice: Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year and its date is changed every year due to the earth's location. This shortage of daylight is caused by earth's tilt. Winter solstice causes many cultural and religious festivals with lots of celebration. You can celebrate by finding out more here!

December 22, 2020

Mathematics Day: National Mathematics Day is celebrated on December 22 and is used to mark the achievements of many famous mathematicians such as Srinivasa Ramanujan, René Descartes, Pythagoras and many more. Many events are held around the world today to celebrate the accomplishments of these mathematicians. You can celebrate by learning more about the history of math here!


Activity Area

This week's YouTube Activity is based on our video: Stress Relief!

Once you've watched the video try creating your very own stress level tracker! Use the signs of being stressed you learned about in the video and the ways you can reduce it. Your tracker should have the days of the week, signs that you might be stressed, along with ways you can reduce it. Here is an example.

Our Example:

Now create your own stress level tracker and share it with us on social media using the #CAFYIR!

Weekly Writing Prompt:

What is one small thing you can do to change the world?

Share your response to the question above with us on social media with the #CAFYIR.


Enthusiasm Expanse

Weekly Motivation:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

― Martin Luther King Jr.


Victoria's Special Segment

Hi everyone! My name is Victoria and I am a volunteer for CAFYIR and since we are in the holiday season, I wanted to mention the Rolo Pretzel Reindeer. They are pretzels with caramel-filled chocolate and the face of a reindeer. They’re delicious treats that kids and any virtual holiday guests are sure to love.


"We Challenge You!"

In spirit of the holiday season we encourage you to give something this week! Whether you decide to give a compliment, card, picture, or present spread kindness and positivity while doing it! Share how you chose to spread kindness using the #CAFYIR!


Conclusion and Contact Us

Thank you for reading this week's blog. We hope you enjoyed! Check back next week for a new post. In the meantime connect with us on social media:

Instagram: @cafyir

Twitter: @cafyir

Tik Tok: @cafyir

YouTube: @cafyir



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DeLuca, Leo. “How Dayton, And The Wright Brothers, Have Cincinnati Roots.” WVXU,

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