Welcome back to the CAFYIR blog! In today's post we will be talking about hobbies, energy conservation, extracurricular activities, and so much more. Happy reading and get in touch with us using the #CAFYIR on all social media.
CAFYIR on the Computer
This week our CAFYIR on the Computer students are learning more about themselves! The K-5 graders are reading "Chrysanthemum" and thinking about the importance of kindness and the 6-8 graders are taking personality quizzes to better understand both their overall personality type and their reading personality type! Take the 16 personalities test here!
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Fantastic Fact Floor
Today's fun fact theme is places! If you know any fun facts about different places share them with us on social media using the #CAFYIR.
Did you know that the original London Bridge is now in Arizona?!?!
Did you know that only 5% of the ocean has been explored?!?!
Did you know that Saint Lucia is the only country in the world that's named after a woman?!?!
Did you know that approximately 10-20% of power outages in the US are caused by squirrels?!?!
Did you know that there are 1,710 steps in the Eiffel Tower?!?!
To finish off our school skills set check out these awesome pointers!
Elementary School Students: Select an extracurricular activity that you enjoy! Whether it's sports, dance, art, playing an instrument, etc. Studies have shown that students who are involved in extracurriculars tend to have greater confidence and social skills.
Middle School Students: Two ways to stay positive is smiling more and meditation! Studies have shown that smiling can help you feel happier due to the feedback sent to the brain that helps develop your emotion. Studies have also shown that meditation can improve mood, decrease stress, and improve sleep. Meditating regularly can make you stay calm for the long-term.
High School Students: Create a habit to save money! It’s very important to learn about basic financial skills in order to create a sense of responsibility. You can start learning how to budget, spend your money, and safely spend each week/month. Gradually, you’ll be able to meet your long-term saving goals.
College Students: Change your surroundings while you study, a change in environment can improve memory retention and promote a better memory recall. You can go to a quiet cafe, picnic table, library, or even your backyard or balcony.
Parents/Guardians: Work with your student to identify the best resources for homework help! Whether it's Khan Academy, Quizlet, etc. work together to find what fits your students learning style and check out what each source has to offer together.
If there's a holiday you celebrate share it with us on social media using the #CAFYIR.
December 9, 2020
International Day of Veterinary Medicine: This day is celebrated annually on December 9th on International Day of Veterinary Medicine dedicates itself to recognizing the field of medicine that keeps our friends alive, and the people who practice it. You can celebrate by recognizing the veterinarians in your life and find out more about them here!
December 10, 2020
Dewey Decimal System Day: The Dewey Decimal System is a system that organizes library materials by discipline or field of study and it efficiently maintains our libraries’ inventory of books and contains 10 sections.You can celebrate this day by using this system when checking out a library book and learning more about it here!
December 11, 2020
UNICEF's Birthday: December 11 is a day used to celebrate the founding of the non-government organization, UNICEF and all of its accomplishments since its founding during World War II.This charity has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization by providing healthcare and immunizations and helps with clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief all around the world. You can celebrate by learning more about UNICEF here!
December 12, 2020
National Poinsettia Day: This day is celebrated annually on December 12 and used to form appreciation for the Mexican flowers that you see all throughout the holiday season.These flowers are called poinsettias, known as Euphorbia Pulcherrima, and come in hundreds of beautiful colors. You can celebrate this holiday by learning more about these flowers and their importance on mexican culture here!
December 13, 2020
National Horse Day: National Horse Day is celebrated annually on December 13 and is a day used to remember the many historic and societal impacts horses have made on our world.
Many experts will get together on December 13 to show their appreciation for these creatures. You can celebrate this day by either interacting with a real horse or learning more about horses here!
December 14, 2020
National Energy Conservation Day: National energy conservation day is celebrated in India and was first made by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). Its main purpose is to encourage conservation of energy, encourage people for efficient energy use in order to decrease the energy consumption, promote people for less energy usage and disagree wasteful energy use. You can celebrate by finding more out more about energy usage here!
December 15, 2020
Bill of Rights Day: Bill of rights day is celebrated annually on December 15 and is a day used to celebrate the day Virginia ratified the first ten amendments of the Constitution. The Bill rights are the first 10 amendments of the constitution and it outlines our rights and freedom as American citizens. You can celebrate bill of rights day by learning the more facts about the bill of rights here and watch videos about the constitution here!
This week's YouTube activity is based on our video: "Finding a Hobby!"
Once you've watched the video try creating your very own hobby bucket list! Use the hobbies you learned about in the video and research some of your own to decide which hobbies you'd like to try.
Now create your own hobby bucket list and share yours with us on social media using the #CAFYIR!
Weekly Writing Prompt:
What is one thing you can do to protect the environment and how are you going to do it?
Share your response to the question above with us on social media with the #CAFYIR.
“Sometimes you will never know the VALUE of a moment, until it becomes a MEMORY”
“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” - Jimmy Dean
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any."
– Alice Walker
Victoria's Special Segment
Hi everyone! My name is Victoria and I am a volunteer for CAFYIR. Today, I wanted to recommend an educational YouTube channel called "Crash Course". "Crash Course" is an informative channel used by numerous teachers, that has videos on tons of topics for students of all ages!
Check out one of their video's on outer space here!
"We Challenge You!"
In celebration of National Energy Conservation Day we challenge you to do one thing to conserve energy. Whether you choose to use natural sunlight instead of a lamp or turn the faucet off when you aren't using the water, we want to know what you come up with! Share how you are conserving energy with us on social media using the #CAFYIR!
Conclusion and Contact Us
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