Kids Newsletter November 2016

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month, which is observed every November in the United States. At the beginning of the 20th century, Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian, began an effort to establish an American Indian Day. Parker, who was director of the Museum of Arts and Science in Rochester, New York, first turned to the Boy Scouts of America for help. The organization agreed to set aside a day to honor native heritage.

Native American Heritage Month began in 1990. That's when President George H.W. Bush approved a resolution designating November as a time to recognize and celebrate the country's native heritage.  Learn More

Native American Weave

10 Facts about Native Americans

  • There are 2 million Native Americans in the United States.
  • The word "Cherokee" means "speakers of another language."
  • The Choctaw Nation is one of the largest Native American tribes in the U.S.
  • In most tribes, Native American men wore breechclouts or breechcloths.
  • Nearly all Native Americans wore some form of moccasin for shoes.
  • Most tribes wore cloaks or fur parkas in cold weather.
  • Every tribe wore some sort of headgear on their head.
  • Some Native American tribes were agricultural, while others were semi-nomadic.
  • Native Americans hunted, fished, and farmed for their food.
  • The most important Native American food crop was Indian corn.

Let's Go Exploring

Learn about the "Trail of Tears" through Arkansas
With few exceptions, all American Indian tribes subjected to Indian removal came, by land or water, through Arkansas during their journey westward. At several Arkansas state parks, you can walk a segment of the actual route, or view it from above at an overlook, and gain new perspective on what happened along the Trail of Tears.

Did You Know?

A few of the many contributions by native Americans:

  • Corn, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, avocados.
  • Indians were the first to raise turkeys for food.
  • In the 1500s, Indian labor produced gold and fur.
  • Indians discovered the medicinal use for quinine.
  • Tobacco, rubber and cotton were developed by Indians.

Let's Read

"The Christmas Coat: Memories of My Sioux Childhood" by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve

Virginia's coat is too small and hardly protects her from the frigid South Dakota winter. As Christmas approaches, all the children on the Sioux reservation look forward to receiving boxes full of clothing sent by congregations in the East. Virginia spots a beautiful gray fur coat but holds back tears as it is claimed by one of her classmates. Later, Virginia can't believe what Mama brings home. Based on an event from the author's childhood, this picture book captures the true spirit of Christmas.

"The Very First Americans" by Cara Ashrose

From the Makah who set out in canoes to hunt whales to the Comanche who chased buffalo on horseback… here is a fascinating look at how the first Americans lived. Beautiful watercolor paintings accurately depict clothing, dwellings, art, tools and other Native American artifacts.

Let's Be Healthy

Why not challenge yourself this month, and make it a healthy November?

  • Laugh more.
  • Ride a bike.
  • Start doing sit-ups.
  • Try a new vegetable you think you don't like; you may discover it's not so awful.
  • Work your way to doing 20 consecutive pushups.
  • Meditate.
  • Skip soda, sip water.
  • Start reading a great book, or reread an old favorite.
  • Make a list of your most Thankful Things.

Let's Have Fun

Child Jumping in Leaves

Play with leaves! This time of year there is an abundance of leaves just waiting to be played in! Make a nest out of leaves by raking them into a large pile; who doesn't love being surrounded by leaves? Over and over again you can bury yourself. After you have finished making your leaf nest, you can jump in them scattering the leaves everywhere, and then start all over again!

Let's Get Creative

Child's Hand Painting

Handprint Native Americans

  • Have the paints and paintbrushes ready in a paint tray. (Use washable paint.)
  • Paint the palm area of left hand a tan color leaving a strip at the top of the palm unpainted.
  • Next, paint the unpainted palm strip brown; this makes the headband.
  • Paint each finger a different color; these are the feathers.
  • Press your hand down to make a print. Hold for a count of ten.
  • Repeat these same steps with your right hand. (Wash left hand first!)
  • When the paint is dry, add facial features and designs.

Let's Cook

Cherokee Cornmeal Flapjacks

  • 2 handfuls corn meal
  • 2 fingers salt
  • 1/4 cup boiling water

2 fingers of salt is a measurement for dry ingredients. Hold two fingers close together. Dip in salt (or whatever dry material you are using.) Lift out what you can catch with two fingers and your thumb without turning your hand.

Directions: Mix the cornmeal and salt together. Add to the boiling water and make a stiff dough. Flour your hands, then make the dough into balls and flatten the balls between your hands. Dip one of your hands in cold water. Rub the cake on one side lightly to make it smooth. Fry on griddle for 10 minutes on each side. Serve hot. Make sure an adult helps with using the stove.

What's New

New 24/7 Multiplatform Services coming in January
PBS Kids is building on its mission of reaching all children with high-quality educational content with the launch of new, free, multiplatform 24/7 services. Starting in January, children can watch their favorite PBS KIDS shows, round-the-clock, on AETN-3.

Viewers are also able to watch the programs live streamed through pbskids.org and on the free PBS KIDS Video App, which is available on a variety of mobile devices, tablets and over-the-top platforms.

"Splash and Bubbles" premieres Nov. 23.
In the first "Splash and Bubbles" event, the Reeftown kids catch the currents and embark on an epic journey across the sea to help a friendly young turtle. Along theway, they learn that all creatures are interconnected and how even a small gesture can greatly affect the friends and neighbors who share the one big ocean they call home.

Tune In To AETN

The all-new movie "The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Space!" premieres Monday, Dec. 26. The Cat in the Hat takes us on a cosmic adventure through the solar system to assist with Operation Rover Repair.

  • "Bob the Builder: Bob's Big Challenge" – Nov. 12
    "Bob the Builder: Wendy Lights it Up" – Nov. 19
    "Bob the Builder: What's Hatching?" – Nov. 26
  • "Odd Squad: Extreme Cakeover/A Job Well Undone" – Nov. 7
    "Odd Squad: Three's Company/Behind Enemy Mimes" – Nov. 8
    "Odd Squad: Drop Gadget Repeat/20 Questions" – Nov. 9
    "Odd Squad: High Maintenance/Not OK Computer" – Nov. 10
  • "Sesame Street: Chicken Thunderstorms" – Nov. 7
    "Sesame Street: Funny Farm" – Nov. 14
    "Sesame Street: Say Thank You to Your Face Day" – Nov. 21
    "Sesame Street: Mi Amiguita Rosita" – Nov. 28
  • "Wild Kratts: Creatures of the Deep Sea" – Nov. 24
  • "Splash and Bubbles: Lu the Explorer/I've Got Rhythm?" – Nov. 23
    "Splash and Bubbles: I Only Have Eyespots for You/Double Bubbles" – Nov. 24
    "Splash and Bubbles: Cleaner of the Kelp/How Bubbles Got Her Moves Back" – Nov. 25
    "Splash and Bubbles: Dunk the Artist/Ripple's Sea Dragons" – Nov. 29
    "Splash and Bubbles: Tooth Treasure/Race Around the Reef" – Nov. 30

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