Free printable Chinese New Year of the Monkey activities, Spring Festival crafts | Examiner.com

February 8 celebrates Chinese New Year of the Monkey 2016. Special needs kids will love celebrating this holiday in class. They'll love the emphasis on animals. Each year in the 12-year Chinese zodiac, a different spirit animal is honored as are people born under that animal sign (in 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956 and on back through the multiples of 12). Greet each other on February 8 with the traditional Chinese New Year blessing "Gung Hay Fat Choy!" Chinese New Year is part of the Spring Festival and ends with the Lantern Festival. Looking for free printable Chinese New Year of the Monkey activities? Here are CNY crafts, coloring pages, greeting cards, Spring Festival lesson plans, Lantern Festival crafts and more. Print Chinese zodiac crafts, animal crafts, party decorations, CNY games and puzzles and lots more.  Free printable Chinese New Year of the Monkey activities, Spring Festival crafts | Examiner.com

Free printable math file folder games, math worksheets, math games, math lessons | Examiner.com

 File folder games are a homeschool parent's or teacher's best friend in classroom resources. If you teach special needs students or like to use hands-on, interactive resources, make some file folder games. Here are free printable math games that can be easily made into file folder games. Print these math lessons and math worksheets and glue into a file folder. Laminate pieces and game board then cut out the pieces. Place game pieces in a Ziploc bag and attach bag to file folder games. The websites listed have free printable math worksheets and file folder games for number recognition, counting, skip counting, money math, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, math facts, fractions, decimals, story problems and other math concepts.  Free printable math file folder games, math worksheets, math games, math lessons | Examiner.com

Low income kids more often overweight: Childhood obesity, poverty, poor diets

Low income kids are more often overweight than children in moderate to high income families. IANS reported Jan. 9, that childhood obesity is linked to poverty in a direct one-to-one correspondence. For every one percent drop in low income status, children and teens were 1.17 percent more likely to be overweight or obese. The University of Michigan study, published in Childhood Obesity, looked at roughly 112,000 Massachusetts students for poverty and obesity links. It correlated overall community childhood obesity rates with lower income status. It factored in family food stamps, free and reduced lunch and transitional aid eligibility. Low income kids more often overweight: Childhood obesity, poverty, poor diets

Missing Allentown 5 y/o autistic boy Jayliel Vega Batista found dead, autopsied

The search for a lost Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania child with special needs ended in tragedy. NBC 10 reported on Jan.4 that the missing 5-year-old autistic boy Jayliel Vega Batista was found dead in Allentown Canal after he disappeared from a Lehigh Valley New Year's Eve party. The deceased Lehigh Valley child's body will be autopsied on Monday but authorities don't suspect foul play. They believe the autistic boy wandered off, met with an accident or fell into the waters of Allentown Canal. Advocates for special needs children say the death of Jayliel Vega Batista highlights the need for better understanding of kids with autism.  Missing Allentown 5 y/o autistic boy Jayliel Vega Batista found dead, autopsied | Examiner.com

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