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Your Say Weird But True WRITTEN BY MALKA WINNER Scissors have been around for over 3,000 years. They were most likely invented in ancient Egypt. We’re not endorsing making and flying Post-It Notes were invented through Thanks for your amazing feedback; it’s clear that we have the greatest fans out there! Here are some of the emails and messages we received: EDITOR Yitty Denciger ART & MARKETING Tzivia Cohen Miriam Reifman 14minds.com COPY EDITOR Lieba Bard-Wigdor MANAGING EDITOR Darlene Fedele air artid the h e e e v show Hey! I lo wait to 't n s ld u o . Thank cle!!! I c t camp a s d d e n it my frie sooo ex uch! I'm m o o o s re. for mo rg ozenb e Tsiv ia R ADVERTISING judy@fyimagazineny.com PHONE: 718.412.2442 WEBSITE: www.fyimagazineny.com E-MAIL: ads@fyimagazineny.com paper airplanes – especially not in school. a series of accidents and mistakes. But just in case you want to know, the They were also initially yellow because longest recorded flight of a paper air- of – you guessed it – another “accident.” plane is 29.2 seconds. And if you’re throwing one in space, it will float in a straight line. Yellow is the most popular color for highlighters, but this color choice was no accident. Yellow is one of the colors It can be really hard to remember lots our eyes are most sensitive to, and is of facts, figures, and dates, but can you therefore one of the easiest to see. believe that 7 percent of people even forget their own birthdays from time to time? Twenty-five percent of people forget the names or details of close friends and even relatives. Doing a lot of reading? On average, one out of every eight letters you read is the letter E. A ballpoint pen can draw a line for about 1.8 miles before it runs out. That AD DEADLINES September Issue: Aug 26 My name is Hila and I love to draw. I colored the pages in your magazine It was so much fun! I also hang them up in my bedroom. Hila Cohen Ever lose your homework, notebooks, means you would need 477,710 Bics to pens, coat, or other stuff? You’re not draw a straight line to the moon. alone. The average American spends 10-55 minutes a day looking for lost stuff, losing or temporarily misplacing Fifty percent of the bread people eat is up to nine items a day! used for sandwiches. A recent survey Hi! F irs It's th t of all I lo e onl ve FY y I!!!! fami ly bu magazine ys!!! W my e lov Esthe e it!!! r Kus hne r Published by FYI Magazine. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form without prior written permission from the publisher is prohibited. The publisher reserves the right to edit all articles for clarity, space and editorial sensitivities. FYI Magazine assumes no responsibility for the content of articles or advertisements in the publication, nor for the connect of books that are referred to or excerpted herein. 2| myfyi showed that America’s favorite is the turkey sandwich. But those eatWhen trying out a new pen for the ing at home prefer the ever-pop- first time, 97 percent of people will ular peanut-butter-and-jelly or write their own name. grilled-cheese sandwiches. 3| myfyi
Your Say  Weird But True  WRITTEN BY MALKA WINNER  Scissors have been around for over 3,000 years. They were most likely i...
Your Say Weird But True WRITTEN BY MALKA WINNER Scissors have been around for over 3,000 years. They were most likely invented in ancient Egypt. We’re not endorsing making and flying Post-It Notes were invented through Thanks for your amazing feedback; it’s clear that we have the greatest fans out there! Here are some of the emails and messages we received: EDITOR Yitty Denciger ART & MARKETING Tzivia Cohen Miriam Reifman 14minds.com COPY EDITOR Lieba Bard-Wigdor MANAGING EDITOR Darlene Fedele air artid the h e e e v show Hey! I lo wait to 't n s ld u o . Thank cle!!! I c t camp a s d d e n it my frie sooo ex uch! I'm m o o o s re. for mo rg ozenb e Tsiv ia R ADVERTISING judy@fyimagazineny.com PHONE: 718.412.2442 WEBSITE: www.fyimagazineny.com E-MAIL: ads@fyimagazineny.com paper airplanes – especially not in school. a series of accidents and mistakes. But just in case you want to know, the They were also initially yellow because longest recorded flight of a paper air- of – you guessed it – another “accident.” plane is 29.2 seconds. And if you’re throwing one in space, it will float in a straight line. Yellow is the most popular color for highlighters, but this color choice was no accident. Yellow is one of the colors It can be really hard to remember lots our eyes are most sensitive to, and is of facts, figures, and dates, but can you therefore one of the easiest to see. believe that 7 percent of people even forget their own birthdays from time to time? Twenty-five percent of people forget the names or details of close friends and even relatives. Doing a lot of reading? On average, one out of every eight letters you read is the letter E. A ballpoint pen can draw a line for about 1.8 miles before it runs out. That AD DEADLINES September Issue: Aug 26 My name is Hila and I love to draw. I colored the pages in your magazine It was so much fun! I also hang them up in my bedroom. Hila Cohen Ever lose your homework, notebooks, means you would need 477,710 Bics to pens, coat, or other stuff? You’re not draw a straight line to the moon. alone. The average American spends 10-55 minutes a day looking for lost stuff, losing or temporarily misplacing Fifty percent of the bread people eat is up to nine items a day! used for sandwiches. A recent survey Hi! F irs It's th t of all I lo e onl ve FY y I!!!! fami ly bu magazine ys!!! W my e lov Esthe e it!!! r Kus hne r Published by FYI Magazine. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form without prior written permission from the publisher is prohibited. The publisher reserves the right to edit all articles for clarity, space and editorial sensitivities. FYI Magazine assumes no responsibility for the content of articles or advertisements in the publication, nor for the connect of books that are referred to or excerpted herein. 2| myfyi showed that America’s favorite is the turkey sandwich. But those eatWhen trying out a new pen for the ing at home prefer the ever-pop- first time, 97 percent of people will ular peanut-butter-and-jelly or write their own name. grilled-cheese sandwiches. 3| myfyi
Your Say  Weird But True  WRITTEN BY MALKA WINNER  Scissors have been around for over 3,000 years. They were most likely i...
Dare to Explore A s the plane begins its descent, take a peek out of the little window at your right! You can’t miss those bright patches of color dancing in the sun. Yellow, pink, purple, red… Yes, you guessed it! We’re landing in Holland, world-famous home of the tulips. Some of the largest tulip farms are only about a half-hour drive from the airport in Amsterdam. Noordoostpolder, in the province of Flevoland, and Bollenstreek, near Leiden, are two popular the tulip season (in the spring) it is areas. We head towards another famous spot, the Kop van Noord-Holland, referred to as “the Kop.” It is recognized as the largest expanse of tulip bulbs growing in a continuous stretch. The tulip is a perennial bulbous plant with cup-shaped blossoms. This means that if you plant these bulbs even once in suitable soil, pretty tulips will flower year after year. As we near the gorgeous fields of colorful bulbs, we stop at a local tourist office for a map with walking, biking, and car routes through the flower farms. The fields are breathtaking and make a perfect backdrop for gorgeous Tulip Fields, Netherlands WRITTEN BY TZIPORAH GESTETNER photos. In Holland, bicycles are very popular. What could be nicer than cycling down the paths surrounded by thousands of beautiful, bright flowers swaying in the breeze? 4| myfyi still rather cool. The soil remains A tulip is a tulip. A single type moist, yet drains excess liquid – of flower, right? Not quite, we a combination of conditions in learn, as we behold the magnif- which the bulbs thrive. icent beauty of the tulip fields. The tulip season begins at the There are actually quite a number end of March and lasts through of species of tulip – so many that the middle of May, making the they are actually sorted in series month of April the best time to of groups by the Dutch Horti- visit the fields. During this time, cultural Society. This gives every we can see loads of vibrant, lush tulip field the chance to stand tulips flourishing in all of their out as unique. There are so many splendor. different types in bloom! The Dutch Netherlands is so Tulips can grow tall. Small tulips are about four inches tall, famous for its tulips that most while larger ones grow as high as people think tulips come from 28 inches! Holland. In fact, tulips originated After becoming acquainted in Central Asia and Turkey. They with the natural beauty flowering were imported from Turkey in around us, it’s hard to leave the the 1590s, and instantly became vivid Dutch countryside. Hey, it popular. Since then, millions of seems as if those tulips are wav- tulips are cultivated in Holland on ing goodbye to us, swaying in the large farms and fields. gentle wind! Holland is a perfect place for tulips to bloom, with suitable weather and soil. At the onset of 5| myfyi
Dare to Explore  A  s the plane begins its descent, take a peek out of the little window at your right  You can   t miss t...
Dare to Explore A s the plane begins its descent, take a peek out of the little window at your right! You can’t miss those bright patches of color dancing in the sun. Yellow, pink, purple, red… Yes, you guessed it! We’re landing in Holland, world-famous home of the tulips. Some of the largest tulip farms are only about a half-hour drive from the airport in Amsterdam. Noordoostpolder, in the province of Flevoland, and Bollenstreek, near Leiden, are two popular the tulip season (in the spring) it is areas. We head towards another famous spot, the Kop van Noord-Holland, referred to as “the Kop.” It is recognized as the largest expanse of tulip bulbs growing in a continuous stretch. The tulip is a perennial bulbous plant with cup-shaped blossoms. This means that if you plant these bulbs even once in suitable soil, pretty tulips will flower year after year. As we near the gorgeous fields of colorful bulbs, we stop at a local tourist office for a map with walking, biking, and car routes through the flower farms. The fields are breathtaking and make a perfect backdrop for gorgeous Tulip Fields, Netherlands WRITTEN BY TZIPORAH GESTETNER photos. In Holland, bicycles are very popular. What could be nicer than cycling down the paths surrounded by thousands of beautiful, bright flowers swaying in the breeze? 4| myfyi still rather cool. The soil remains A tulip is a tulip. A single type moist, yet drains excess liquid – of flower, right? Not quite, we a combination of conditions in learn, as we behold the magnif- which the bulbs thrive. icent beauty of the tulip fields. The tulip season begins at the There are actually quite a number end of March and lasts through of species of tulip – so many that the middle of May, making the they are actually sorted in series month of April the best time to of groups by the Dutch Horti- visit the fields. During this time, cultural Society. This gives every we can see loads of vibrant, lush tulip field the chance to stand tulips flourishing in all of their out as unique. There are so many splendor. different types in bloom! The Dutch Netherlands is so Tulips can grow tall. Small tulips are about four inches tall, famous for its tulips that most while larger ones grow as high as people think tulips come from 28 inches! Holland. In fact, tulips originated After becoming acquainted in Central Asia and Turkey. They with the natural beauty flowering were imported from Turkey in around us, it’s hard to leave the the 1590s, and instantly became vivid Dutch countryside. Hey, it popular. Since then, millions of seems as if those tulips are wav- tulips are cultivated in Holland on ing goodbye to us, swaying in the large farms and fields. gentle wind! Holland is a perfect place for tulips to bloom, with suitable weather and soil. At the onset of 5| myfyi
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Science COrner The Electric Lemon Find It! Find the hidden objects in this Photos! It's Fun Stuff WRITTEN BY NISSI UNGER When life gives you lemons…create natural batteries! Nah, you can’t power your home with lemon juice, but you can feel electrified after you try your hand at this! You’ll Need N Paper clip N Lemon N 3-inch piece of copper wire Do This! Roll the lemon on the table. Push down with your palm as you squeeze the lemon gently, until you feel the juice flowing under the peel. Straighten the paper clip so that it will stand up, and stick it into the lemon. Poke the copper wire into the lemon near the paper clip as close as you can without any of them touching. Now, place the open The Science: Batteries are made with two different kind of metals and an acid. One metal contains a negative charge and the other, a positive charge. In this “lemon” battery, the two metals are the wire and the paper clip. The lemon is the acid. Your tongue completes the circuit and that is why you feel that slight electricity. No, you cannot power a flashlight with a lemon, because it creates only a teeny tiny drop of electricity. 6| myfyi FREE SUBSCRIPTION end of the paper clip and copper wire to your tongue. Tingling yet? Word Wiz WINNER! 7| Chaya and Rikki Smetana, 13 & 11 myfyi
Science COrner  The Electric Lemon  Find It   Find the hidden objects in this Photos   It s Fun Stuff  WRITTEN BY NISSI UN...
Science COrner The Electric Lemon Find It! Find the hidden objects in this Photos! It's Fun Stuff WRITTEN BY NISSI UNGER When life gives you lemons…create natural batteries! Nah, you can’t power your home with lemon juice, but you can feel electrified after you try your hand at this! You’ll Need N Paper clip N Lemon N 3-inch piece of copper wire Do This! Roll the lemon on the table. Push down with your palm as you squeeze the lemon gently, until you feel the juice flowing under the peel. Straighten the paper clip so that it will stand up, and stick it into the lemon. Poke the copper wire into the lemon near the paper clip as close as you can without any of them touching. Now, place the open The Science: Batteries are made with two different kind of metals and an acid. One metal contains a negative charge and the other, a positive charge. In this “lemon” battery, the two metals are the wire and the paper clip. The lemon is the acid. Your tongue completes the circuit and that is why you feel that slight electricity. No, you cannot power a flashlight with a lemon, because it creates only a teeny tiny drop of electricity. 6| myfyi FREE SUBSCRIPTION end of the paper clip and copper wire to your tongue. Tingling yet? Word Wiz WINNER! 7| Chaya and Rikki Smetana, 13 & 11 myfyi
Science COrner  The Electric Lemon  Find It   Find the hidden objects in this Photos   It s Fun Stuff  WRITTEN BY NISSI UN...
Hair US Out Your Corner Thank you for sending in your DIY and Recipe Pictures! Shoshana Raizel Bresler 11 Chestnut Ridge, N.Y. Rivka Freid 12, Monsey Devora Scharf 10 Cleveland, O.H. INVERTED PONYTAIL Try it with short hair! Word Wiz How many words can you make with the word CHALKBOARD? WIN a free subscription! The person with the most answers to 'Word Wiz' wins! Send your answers to info@fyimagazineny.com Here’s a simple yet sophisticated hairdo. This is something you can do on any school morning even when you’re in a rush, because it only takes a minute. You can create the same type of look with short hair too! 1. Make a loose low pony. 2. Part the pony and create a space, before the ponytail holder, right in the middle. 1. Part your hair 3/4 to the side. 2. Make three ponies on the wider side. 3. Bring the pony over and into the space. Pull it through. 8| myfyi 3. Part in the middle and bring the pony throughout (like above). 9| myfyi
Hair US Out  Your Corner Thank you for sending in your DIY and Recipe Pictures   Shoshana Raizel Bresler 11 Chestnut Ridge...
Hair US Out Your Corner Thank you for sending in your DIY and Recipe Pictures! Shoshana Raizel Bresler 11 Chestnut Ridge, N.Y. Rivka Freid 12, Monsey Devora Scharf 10 Cleveland, O.H. INVERTED PONYTAIL Try it with short hair! Word Wiz How many words can you make with the word CHALKBOARD? WIN a free subscription! The person with the most answers to 'Word Wiz' wins! Send your answers to info@fyimagazineny.com Here’s a simple yet sophisticated hairdo. This is something you can do on any school morning even when you’re in a rush, because it only takes a minute. You can create the same type of look with short hair too! 1. Make a loose low pony. 2. Part the pony and create a space, before the ponytail holder, right in the middle. 1. Part your hair 3/4 to the side. 2. Make three ponies on the wider side. 3. Bring the pony over and into the space. Pull it through. 8| myfyi 3. Part in the middle and bring the pony throughout (like above). 9| myfyi
Hair US Out  Your Corner Thank you for sending in your DIY and Recipe Pictures   Shoshana Raizel Bresler 11 Chestnut Ridge...
By The Numbers Around one million pencils are used annually on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The world’s largest pencil is on display at the Faber Castell plant near Kuala Lumpur. Made of Malaysian wood and polymer, it is 65 feet high and took 7000 manpower hours and 2 years to complete. It stands in a glass case. Rumor has it that the average pencil Book Covers with Personality Make your books and notebooks your own! Personalize them to suit your personality so that you can stand out in your unique way. This is holds enough graphite (nope, it is not lead) to draw a line about 35 miles so easy that you’ll wonder why you’ve never done it before! long, or to write an estimated 45,000 words. No one has ever claimed to verify this rumor. So if you have More than 2 billion pencils some time left before school are used in the United States starts, go ahead and try this one. every year, and most of them It may earn you a world record! have erasers; however, most pencils sold in Europe do not! Are Europeans more confident Faber Castell is the world’s larg- or is it that we Americans like est pencil producer at about 1.8 a chance to erase the past and billion per year. If these pencils start all over again? What you’ll need: Designed Contact Paper Scissors were laid end to end on the equator, they would encircle the world more than 6 times. 1. Choose the books or notebooks you want to cover. 2. Place the contact paper on a flat surface and lay the book on top. Trace at least 3 inches larger than the book and then cut it out. 3. Now, peel the contact paper off the paper and stick it onto the book, making sure to leave extra on the sides. Fold over the edges. The world’s oldest surviving pencil was found in the roof of an old German house The average tree during renovations, and dates back to the yields 170,000 1600s. It is now part of the Faber-Castell pencils, and each private collection. year around 82,000 trees are cut down to create the 14 billion pencils manufac- The Graf von Faber-Castell Perfect Pencil (Limited tured worldwide. Edition) is the world’s most expensive pencil. It is made with white gold, diamonds, and 240-year-old Pencils WRITTEN BY NISSI UNGER 10 | myfyi olive wood.  Only 99 of these pencils were made;  In 2001, they sold for $13,000 a piece. Why does a pencil have 6 sides? Why can’t it be round? The hexagonal shape was adopted to stop your favorite yellow buddy from rolling off your desk! Send us a picture of your Bo ok Covers to be featured in our next m agazine! Emai l to info@ fyimagazineny.com and don't forget to include your name , age and locati on. 11 | myfyi Do IT Yourself
By The Numbers  Around one million pencils are used annually on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.  The world   s l...
By The Numbers Around one million pencils are used annually on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The world’s largest pencil is on display at the Faber Castell plant near Kuala Lumpur. Made of Malaysian wood and polymer, it is 65 feet high and took 7000 manpower hours and 2 years to complete. It stands in a glass case. Rumor has it that the average pencil Book Covers with Personality Make your books and notebooks your own! Personalize them to suit your personality so that you can stand out in your unique way. This is holds enough graphite (nope, it is not lead) to draw a line about 35 miles so easy that you’ll wonder why you’ve never done it before! long, or to write an estimated 45,000 words. No one has ever claimed to verify this rumor. So if you have More than 2 billion pencils some time left before school are used in the United States starts, go ahead and try this one. every year, and most of them It may earn you a world record! have erasers; however, most pencils sold in Europe do not! Are Europeans more confident Faber Castell is the world’s larg- or is it that we Americans like est pencil producer at about 1.8 a chance to erase the past and billion per year. If these pencils start all over again? What you’ll need: Designed Contact Paper Scissors were laid end to end on the equator, they would encircle the world more than 6 times. 1. Choose the books or notebooks you want to cover. 2. Place the contact paper on a flat surface and lay the book on top. Trace at least 3 inches larger than the book and then cut it out. 3. Now, peel the contact paper off the paper and stick it onto the book, making sure to leave extra on the sides. Fold over the edges. The world’s oldest surviving pencil was found in the roof of an old German house The average tree during renovations, and dates back to the yields 170,000 1600s. It is now part of the Faber-Castell pencils, and each private collection. year around 82,000 trees are cut down to create the 14 billion pencils manufac- The Graf von Faber-Castell Perfect Pencil (Limited tured worldwide. Edition) is the world’s most expensive pencil. It is made with white gold, diamonds, and 240-year-old Pencils WRITTEN BY NISSI UNGER 10 | myfyi olive wood.  Only 99 of these pencils were made;  In 2001, they sold for $13,000 a piece. Why does a pencil have 6 sides? Why can’t it be round? The hexagonal shape was adopted to stop your favorite yellow buddy from rolling off your desk! Send us a picture of your Bo ok Covers to be featured in our next m agazine! Emai l to info@ fyimagazineny.com and don't forget to include your name , age and locati on. 11 | myfyi Do IT Yourself
By The Numbers  Around one million pencils are used annually on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.  The world   s l...
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Life Skills Does this sound familiar? The first day of school finds you and your belongings fresh and organized. Come December, and it's a miracle if you can find your math notebook! Well, what if I told you I can help you maintain that fresh, new school year feel throughout the entire year? Yes, you really can and not with too much effort! Read below to see FYI's tips for a better, neater school year. Keeping it up! Organizing is one thing, but often, the A Place For Everything. bigger challenge is to keep To start, make places for it that way. Take “before” everything and label them. and “after” pictures to help Position the things you use motivate you to keep things regularly within easy reach clean, and use the “after” and less relevant things on picture to remind you where a shelf above your desk, on things go if they get out of a bookshelf, or in a nearby order. Don’t be perfection- closet. Keep similar items istic, but do aim to put away together so you know where materials in their place daily. to look for them, like folders and notebooks, and keep sub- WRITTEN BY LOREN MINSKY How to Organize Your Desk & Backpack and keep them that way all year! 14 | myfyi Your Desk jects together (consider color coding each subject for easy identification). FUN TIP: You can make your own organizers: for example, unused jewelry boxes for storing small items, like rubber bands and cereal boxes cut in half for holding papers. Empty jars or old cans (cleaned and with labels removed) can hold pens and pencils. Add a personal touch by painting them and adding stickers. You may prefer to store items in an accessible desk drawer and use drawer organizers to keep things tidy. 15 | myfyi TIP: Have a weekly clean-out to re-order things and get rid of any unnecessary stuff. To de-clutter, clear your workspace and get rid of the things you don’t need. Keep asking yourself, “Why is this here?” Read through papers and make two piles: “toss” and “keep.” Follow by wiping your desk down; but first check with your parents to see if you need to use a special cleaner.
Life Skills  Does this sound familiar  The first day of school finds you and your belongings fresh and organized. Come Dec...
Life Skills Does this sound familiar? The first day of school finds you and your belongings fresh and organized. Come December, and it's a miracle if you can find your math notebook! Well, what if I told you I can help you maintain that fresh, new school year feel throughout the entire year? Yes, you really can and not with too much effort! Read below to see FYI's tips for a better, neater school year. Keeping it up! Organizing is one thing, but often, the A Place For Everything. bigger challenge is to keep To start, make places for it that way. Take “before” everything and label them. and “after” pictures to help Position the things you use motivate you to keep things regularly within easy reach clean, and use the “after” and less relevant things on picture to remind you where a shelf above your desk, on things go if they get out of a bookshelf, or in a nearby order. Don’t be perfection- closet. Keep similar items istic, but do aim to put away together so you know where materials in their place daily. to look for them, like folders and notebooks, and keep sub- WRITTEN BY LOREN MINSKY How to Organize Your Desk & Backpack and keep them that way all year! 14 | myfyi Your Desk jects together (consider color coding each subject for easy identification). FUN TIP: You can make your own organizers: for example, unused jewelry boxes for storing small items, like rubber bands and cereal boxes cut in half for holding papers. Empty jars or old cans (cleaned and with labels removed) can hold pens and pencils. Add a personal touch by painting them and adding stickers. You may prefer to store items in an accessible desk drawer and use drawer organizers to keep things tidy. 15 | myfyi TIP: Have a weekly clean-out to re-order things and get rid of any unnecessary stuff. To de-clutter, clear your workspace and get rid of the things you don’t need. Keep asking yourself, “Why is this here?” Read through papers and make two piles: “toss” and “keep.” Follow by wiping your desk down; but first check with your parents to see if you need to use a special cleaner.
Life Skills  Does this sound familiar  The first day of school finds you and your belongings fresh and organized. Come Dec...
Life Skills Your Backpack If you’re buying a new backpack, be sure to choose one with lots of compartments over the cute “Hello Kitty” one. If you’re using an old bag, empty everything out well over a trash can. As a general rule, nothing should go into your backpack that isn't used for school. Your Supplies Start by making a list of what’s essential to have in the backpack, like stationery, folders or a binder, paper or notebooks, textbooks and small personal items, such as keys, a lunch bag and a water bottle. All-in-one binders save space and keep notes, homework, and other papers organized. But some students benefit from having separate folders for homework, notes to and from TIP: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends packing heavier items, like textbooks, closest to the center of the back. Another great idea is to place books and homework that you need most in a place that’s easiest to get to, and those you need least near the bottom. Pick Your Medicine It was the best idea, it was the worst idea. When it was the best idea, it was the teacher, etc. Experiment with what works best for you. like pure Einstein genius; A portable 3-hole punch allows to consistently empty it each you to punch and file what you night, and repack it after home- when it was the worst need immediately. work is done. Go through your idea it was as lame as, I binder and unload anything don’t know, kayaking for a A Place For Everything. Similar that doesn’t need to be returned to your desk, designate places the next day. graduation trip. for everything, and then label accordingly. Store all stationery Though it’s not always easy together in a sturdy pencil case to start, try to keep the system bag in a separate section of your going for at least 30 days, and bag full-time, and things that before you know, it will become you need to change daily, like a habit. Orderly desks and gym clothes and lunch bags, backpacks will help you have in separate zippered compart- a clear and focused mind, and ments. will improve your studying and WRITTEN BY NAOMI RAKSIN ability to concentrate. Keeping it Up! Once again, photograph your backpack when it’s in order as a reminder. It’s key 16 | myfyi 17 | myfyi
Life Skills  Your Backpack If you   re buying a new backpack, be sure to choose one with lots of compartments over the cut...
Life Skills Your Backpack If you’re buying a new backpack, be sure to choose one with lots of compartments over the cute “Hello Kitty” one. If you’re using an old bag, empty everything out well over a trash can. As a general rule, nothing should go into your backpack that isn't used for school. Your Supplies Start by making a list of what’s essential to have in the backpack, like stationery, folders or a binder, paper or notebooks, textbooks and small personal items, such as keys, a lunch bag and a water bottle. All-in-one binders save space and keep notes, homework, and other papers organized. But some students benefit from having separate folders for homework, notes to and from TIP: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends packing heavier items, like textbooks, closest to the center of the back. Another great idea is to place books and homework that you need most in a place that’s easiest to get to, and those you need least near the bottom. Pick Your Medicine It was the best idea, it was the worst idea. When it was the best idea, it was the teacher, etc. Experiment with what works best for you. like pure Einstein genius; A portable 3-hole punch allows to consistently empty it each you to punch and file what you night, and repack it after home- when it was the worst need immediately. work is done. Go through your idea it was as lame as, I binder and unload anything don’t know, kayaking for a A Place For Everything. Similar that doesn’t need to be returned to your desk, designate places the next day. graduation trip. for everything, and then label accordingly. Store all stationery Though it’s not always easy together in a sturdy pencil case to start, try to keep the system bag in a separate section of your going for at least 30 days, and bag full-time, and things that before you know, it will become you need to change daily, like a habit. Orderly desks and gym clothes and lunch bags, backpacks will help you have in separate zippered compart- a clear and focused mind, and ments. will improve your studying and WRITTEN BY NAOMI RAKSIN ability to concentrate. Keeping it Up! Once again, photograph your backpack when it’s in order as a reminder. It’s key 16 | myfyi 17 | myfyi
Life Skills  Your Backpack If you   re buying a new backpack, be sure to choose one with lots of compartments over the cut...
Atara’s eyes shone. All of ours did, type of family so this was a real “C-c-can you help me find them?” Israel lurking in the back of our miracle. Like, the jug of oil in the She had no idea it was me. She ly rubbing her pinkie. minds, imagining clear plastic Chanukah story kind of miracle. didn’t even suspect me. I swallowed. “We’ll work our heads off to globes stuffed with little goodies I wish I could have wiped that Ugh, who needed Hot Tamales and fundraise!” I thundered. “Maybe we floating across pizza shop floors. gleeful smile off my face, but there Sour Belts anyway? My mother was should even start fundraising now, And something was activated in I was, all smug and satisfied, tearing probably thrilled they were gone. this year!” our own brainy mechanisms, be- open the box of Hot Tamales and “Let’s do a bake sale!” cause ideas started to form, voices dividing it between three medicine “But eighth grade always does a yelled, fists pumped. containers. The Sour Belts filled the bake sale!” O h, and it was also my idea. Only, no one really remembered that. When it was the best idea I wasn’t so okay with it, but when it was the worst idea, it actually turned out that I was very okay with it, thanks very much. The best idea and the worst idea was born on the first day of sixth grade, in a tight circle at recess time, the whole lot of us very excited to be back at school and also very not excited to be back at school. It was a time of paradoxes, you see. We were talking about the sum- mer and of our very mature sixthgrade status, and then we came to a collective realization that we’d be graduating elementary school in three years’ time. “We need to raise tons of money,” Chedva said, her hands moving in wide and very serious gestures. “My cousin’s class hardly raised any money and they ended up going, I don’t know, kayaking or something like that, for graduation trip.” “Kayaking?! Gosh! We need to go somewhere huge, like even out of state!” Gila said, thumping her fist down on the hard linoleum floor. “Ouch.” “Out of state? Let’s go out of country! Let’s go on a trip to Israel!” And there we sat, thoughts of even Gila’s, though she was furious- Atara’s parents owned a pharma- “Soon, Rivka. I’m doing homework now,” I said, a little stiffly. I started on my math sheet, winc- remaining two. ing at the sound of the scurrying “A carnival!” cy, so she would supply plastic med- “Too much work! We need some- icine containers. Every girl would gathered our wares. Everyone was of drawers, cupboards and pantries thing original! No eighth graders get a bunch and fill them with little excited; all 100 containers were being opened and closed, opened complaining that we took their ideas prizes and then we’d set up a fancy filled with awesome stuff. Stickers, and their money, and now they station at recess and sell them for a hair clips, erasers, little rubber balls, have to go kayaking!” quarter. It would be fantastic! It was and all types of nosh… The intense conversation was suddenly interrupted by Tzila, plopping herself down noisily on Haddas’s lap. “You people have to hear the genius! It was foolproof! At recess the next day we We stacked the containers in It was a disaster. neat rows on a few desks stationed From Atara’s large canvas bag, in the hallway. Shani made a big 100 medicine containers were poster and scotch-taped it to the footsteps below, the hopeful creak The first thing I did when I came home that night was search for goodies. I poked around in cabinets and pantries and drawers. and closed. Loud moans of disappointment, cries of frustration. My heart beat faster. What could I do, they were already gone. But still, I tossed in bed that night to the familiar words of Rivka’s favorite storybook, a little tale about distributed between the 20 of us. front of the desks, and all of us hov- funniest story that happened to me Oooh, the current of excitement ered behind it. What can I say; we yesterday!” Tzila was the kind of that fizzed out of our classroom were the attraction of the hallway. person who interrupted conversa- door that day was enough to pop, We quickly learned that we needed complaining nonstop. I had only came a shade more invisible. At the to implement rules. NO looking one container to fill and I didn’t end of the story, he saved his fellow through the containers; you must want to spend my evening search- mice from a sly, scheming cat, but to his horror, he had become com- tions with words like “you people” and had enough stories to last an say, 100 plastic bubbles. The first thing I did when I came a mouse who never admitted when he was wrong, and each time he failed to admit his misdeed, he be- entire kayak trip across the Pacific. home that night was search for close your eyes and choose. Sari and ing for something to fill it with, so I The story, as it so happened, was goodies. I poked around in cabi- Hadas hastily cut out little strips raced up the stairs, escaping Rivka’s pletely transparent and the mice could no longer see him. actually pretty funny. The Hirsh nets and pantries and drawers. of paper, hole-punched them once, kvetches, and bared my teeth as I family was at the pizza shop when I searched my room from top to and gave them out to each girl who parted with my least favorite key- day with another 100 medicine containers to fill. Maybe I was imag- little boy Hirsh wheedled and bottom. I’m not the sort of person returned her medicine container. chain, a little basketball suspended begged and finally got a quarter to have random stuff lying around Ten hole punches on your strip and from a chain. from Mr. Hirsh for a prize from the and I couldn’t find anything I was machine at the front of the shop. willing to part with. Tzila helped little boy Hirsh feed the quarter into the slot, and then all I found myself back in the kitchen, combing through the pantries Atara arrived at school the next A few minutes later, there was ining it, but that sagging canvas bag pummeling sound on the door and was greeted with just a wee bit less the day was over, there were only half of Rivka’s tear-streaked face enthusiasm. 37 full containers left. We had 63 appeared in the slat. you got a free prize. By the time the last recess of We sold the remainder of the “Devoraaaa,” she wailed, “I can’t of a sudden, the plastic containers again. I was debating whether I newly- emptied ones to fill, and rolled out one by one through the could stuff mine with Reese’s Puffs Atara promised she’d bring another find my Hot Tamales and Sour went home with ten containers to fill. I parted with five more key prizes that day and later, every girl hole on the bottom, filling his hands when a small brown paper bag hundred plastic containers the next Belts! I put them in a bag on the and overflowing onto the floor. on the top corner caught my eye. day. top shelf in the pantry and now it’s chains, then I had had enough of gooooone.” Hiccup, sniff, hiccup. sentimental parting and filled the Something had been activated in the I opened it eagerly and stared in mechanism, the manager said, and delight at the pack of Hot Tamales My good mood was wiped away that night by my sister Rivka. A little icy wand shot through my he let them keep a whopping seven- and two individually wrapped Sour Something was up with her. She veins. I blinked. Oh, boy. And I had teen containers of prizes! Belts inside. We are not a candy was crying and kvetching and been thinking miracles. 18 | myfyi 19 | myfyi remaining five containers with Reese’s Puffs. The phone rang for me six times
Atara   s eyes shone. All of ours did,  type of family so this was a real     C-c-can you help me find them      Israel lu...
Atara’s eyes shone. All of ours did, type of family so this was a real “C-c-can you help me find them?” Israel lurking in the back of our miracle. Like, the jug of oil in the She had no idea it was me. She ly rubbing her pinkie. minds, imagining clear plastic Chanukah story kind of miracle. didn’t even suspect me. I swallowed. “We’ll work our heads off to globes stuffed with little goodies I wish I could have wiped that Ugh, who needed Hot Tamales and fundraise!” I thundered. “Maybe we floating across pizza shop floors. gleeful smile off my face, but there Sour Belts anyway? My mother was should even start fundraising now, And something was activated in I was, all smug and satisfied, tearing probably thrilled they were gone. this year!” our own brainy mechanisms, be- open the box of Hot Tamales and “Let’s do a bake sale!” cause ideas started to form, voices dividing it between three medicine “But eighth grade always does a yelled, fists pumped. containers. The Sour Belts filled the bake sale!” O h, and it was also my idea. Only, no one really remembered that. When it was the best idea I wasn’t so okay with it, but when it was the worst idea, it actually turned out that I was very okay with it, thanks very much. The best idea and the worst idea was born on the first day of sixth grade, in a tight circle at recess time, the whole lot of us very excited to be back at school and also very not excited to be back at school. It was a time of paradoxes, you see. We were talking about the sum- mer and of our very mature sixthgrade status, and then we came to a collective realization that we’d be graduating elementary school in three years’ time. “We need to raise tons of money,” Chedva said, her hands moving in wide and very serious gestures. “My cousin’s class hardly raised any money and they ended up going, I don’t know, kayaking or something like that, for graduation trip.” “Kayaking?! Gosh! We need to go somewhere huge, like even out of state!” Gila said, thumping her fist down on the hard linoleum floor. “Ouch.” “Out of state? Let’s go out of country! Let’s go on a trip to Israel!” And there we sat, thoughts of even Gila’s, though she was furious- Atara’s parents owned a pharma- “Soon, Rivka. I’m doing homework now,” I said, a little stiffly. I started on my math sheet, winc- remaining two. ing at the sound of the scurrying “A carnival!” cy, so she would supply plastic med- “Too much work! We need some- icine containers. Every girl would gathered our wares. Everyone was of drawers, cupboards and pantries thing original! No eighth graders get a bunch and fill them with little excited; all 100 containers were being opened and closed, opened complaining that we took their ideas prizes and then we’d set up a fancy filled with awesome stuff. Stickers, and their money, and now they station at recess and sell them for a hair clips, erasers, little rubber balls, have to go kayaking!” quarter. It would be fantastic! It was and all types of nosh… The intense conversation was suddenly interrupted by Tzila, plopping herself down noisily on Haddas’s lap. “You people have to hear the genius! It was foolproof! At recess the next day we We stacked the containers in It was a disaster. neat rows on a few desks stationed From Atara’s large canvas bag, in the hallway. Shani made a big 100 medicine containers were poster and scotch-taped it to the footsteps below, the hopeful creak The first thing I did when I came home that night was search for goodies. I poked around in cabinets and pantries and drawers. and closed. Loud moans of disappointment, cries of frustration. My heart beat faster. What could I do, they were already gone. But still, I tossed in bed that night to the familiar words of Rivka’s favorite storybook, a little tale about distributed between the 20 of us. front of the desks, and all of us hov- funniest story that happened to me Oooh, the current of excitement ered behind it. What can I say; we yesterday!” Tzila was the kind of that fizzed out of our classroom were the attraction of the hallway. person who interrupted conversa- door that day was enough to pop, We quickly learned that we needed complaining nonstop. I had only came a shade more invisible. At the to implement rules. NO looking one container to fill and I didn’t end of the story, he saved his fellow through the containers; you must want to spend my evening search- mice from a sly, scheming cat, but to his horror, he had become com- tions with words like “you people” and had enough stories to last an say, 100 plastic bubbles. The first thing I did when I came a mouse who never admitted when he was wrong, and each time he failed to admit his misdeed, he be- entire kayak trip across the Pacific. home that night was search for close your eyes and choose. Sari and ing for something to fill it with, so I The story, as it so happened, was goodies. I poked around in cabi- Hadas hastily cut out little strips raced up the stairs, escaping Rivka’s pletely transparent and the mice could no longer see him. actually pretty funny. The Hirsh nets and pantries and drawers. of paper, hole-punched them once, kvetches, and bared my teeth as I family was at the pizza shop when I searched my room from top to and gave them out to each girl who parted with my least favorite key- day with another 100 medicine containers to fill. Maybe I was imag- little boy Hirsh wheedled and bottom. I’m not the sort of person returned her medicine container. chain, a little basketball suspended begged and finally got a quarter to have random stuff lying around Ten hole punches on your strip and from a chain. from Mr. Hirsh for a prize from the and I couldn’t find anything I was machine at the front of the shop. willing to part with. Tzila helped little boy Hirsh feed the quarter into the slot, and then all I found myself back in the kitchen, combing through the pantries Atara arrived at school the next A few minutes later, there was ining it, but that sagging canvas bag pummeling sound on the door and was greeted with just a wee bit less the day was over, there were only half of Rivka’s tear-streaked face enthusiasm. 37 full containers left. We had 63 appeared in the slat. you got a free prize. By the time the last recess of We sold the remainder of the “Devoraaaa,” she wailed, “I can’t of a sudden, the plastic containers again. I was debating whether I newly- emptied ones to fill, and rolled out one by one through the could stuff mine with Reese’s Puffs Atara promised she’d bring another find my Hot Tamales and Sour went home with ten containers to fill. I parted with five more key prizes that day and later, every girl hole on the bottom, filling his hands when a small brown paper bag hundred plastic containers the next Belts! I put them in a bag on the and overflowing onto the floor. on the top corner caught my eye. day. top shelf in the pantry and now it’s chains, then I had had enough of gooooone.” Hiccup, sniff, hiccup. sentimental parting and filled the Something had been activated in the I opened it eagerly and stared in mechanism, the manager said, and delight at the pack of Hot Tamales My good mood was wiped away that night by my sister Rivka. A little icy wand shot through my he let them keep a whopping seven- and two individually wrapped Sour Something was up with her. She veins. I blinked. Oh, boy. And I had teen containers of prizes! Belts inside. We are not a candy was crying and kvetching and been thinking miracles. 18 | myfyi 19 | myfyi remaining five containers with Reese’s Puffs. The phone rang for me six times
Atara   s eyes shone. All of ours did,  type of family so this was a real     C-c-can you help me find them      Israel lu...
that night. Friends were calling me little girl tried to lick the shaving asked, pointing to the canvas bag with the same problem I had: what cream in her container. The furi- overstuffed with medicine con- to fill the containers with? ous-sounding heels of Mrs. Kagan, tainers- some empty and some full, our principal, marched down the shaving cream and pencil shavings “Cereal. Animal crackers. Chocolate hallway, making all of our heads coating the sides. “My parents won’t chips.” hang, even before she arrived. want them back.” “Anything,” I sighed tiredly. “There was nothing in my house She was not pleased. She demand- to fill these with,” Tzila announced ed answers. She demanded we fix the next day, “so I stuffed them with the mess we created. water balloons.” I wanted to hide. Crawl into some “I’ll take them,” I said. I organized the containers in neat piles. Broken containers or ones filled with messy things went corner like a rat and never come straight into the trash. Empty ones eyes for a minute and then looked at out. Or take a kayak and row until went into another pile, and ones her containers, bursting with mini my arms ached. with good prizes went into a third. We stared at her with rounded water-filled balloons, and laughed. And there it was again, nagging More mechanisms activated inside like a whiney whine, the story of our brains. Who said we had to fill the invisible mouse. our containers with our very best and dearest possessions? I took a deep, shaky breath. I gave back quarters to the older There were 13 in the last pile and I saved those for Rivka. “I have a surprise for you, Rivka, but you need to sit on the floor and close your eyes.” angry girls. I searched through the Rivka eagerly plopped down at ored paper clips. Shani stuffed hers remaining stack of containers for the doorway of my bedroom and I with pencil shavings. Ariella stuffed ones that contained real prizes and poured the medicine containers into hers with confetti. Tzila stuffed hers handed three to the girl with con- her lap one by one, just as I imag- with shaving cream. fetti in her hair and three to the girl ined them cascading into the hands who had licked the shaving cream. of Tzila’s brother at the pizza shop. I stuffed my next batch with col- There were still some good prizes left. Erasers from Gila’s never I bent down on the floor and began dwindling supply, Mike n’ Ikes from collecting the garbage. Haddas ran smile stretched across her freckled Atara’s and jeweled bobby pins to find a broom and Shani cleared cheeks. “I can have all of them?” She from Haddas. But I suppose the bad the table. When the hallway was asked. outnumbered the good, and at that clean and the crowd dispersed, I “All of them!” recess, excited and eager little faces knocked hesitantly on Mrs. Kagan’s Then I read her the book of the crumpled into angry and sad ones as door, apologized and explained. Rivka opened her eyes and a about a sixth grade class who didn’t were dumped out of their plastic were huddled about, a bit ashamed want to go kayaking for their grad- containers onto the scratchy grey and despondent. uation trip. linoleum. There were tears from the young ones, money-back demands back from the older ones, and all the sixth graders eyed each other warily, unsure how to handle all the chaos. And then someone dumped her “I guess that’s the end of that,” Atara said, frowning. “I can’t say I’ll miss filling those containers,” Chedva admitted. “It was actually really hard drawer of my dresser today, you will find a canvas bag full of empty medicine containers. It’s there for me to remember one of the greatest lessons of my life, but it’s also my Tzila said with a face so serious, we most favorite collection. couldn’t help but laugh, a tad hyster- else’s head, and someone else rained ically. confetti across the hallway, and a If you look inside the bottom trying to get in the shaving cream,” pencil shavings on top of someone Peanut Butter Apple Sandwiches WRITTEN BY ESTY WOLBE 1 red or green apple invisible mouse. And I told her When I returned, my classmates grass, confetti and pencil shavings In The Kitchen Sometimes, you’ll find Rivka and us Send u re a pict pple A Butter eanut in our P d r e u r o u t a e of y f @ e to info ic to b Sandw azine! Email n't ag nd do next m ineny.com a ame, az your n e fyimag d lu to inc tion. forget d loca n a e g a 20 | myfyi apples into rounds as thick as you'd like 3 tablespoons peanut butter and remove the core. Spread peanut butter 1/4 cup store-bought granola on top. Place another apple round on top to onto one round and sprinkle some granola make a sandwich. Repeat with remaining apple rounds, peanut butter, and granola. 2. These Peanut Butter Apple Sandwiches make a great after-school snack to munch on as you do your homework or study. Peanut butter is nutritious, filling, and a great source of protein. Paired with apples and granola, it'll give you the boost you me sitting cross-legged on the floor “What do I do with these?” Atara 1. With the help of an adult, slice the need to keep going until dinner time. building castles with them. 21 | myfyi
that night. Friends were calling me  little girl tried to lick the shaving  asked, pointing to the canvas bag  with the sa...
that night. Friends were calling me little girl tried to lick the shaving asked, pointing to the canvas bag with the same problem I had: what cream in her container. The furi- overstuffed with medicine con- to fill the containers with? ous-sounding heels of Mrs. Kagan, tainers- some empty and some full, our principal, marched down the shaving cream and pencil shavings “Cereal. Animal crackers. Chocolate hallway, making all of our heads coating the sides. “My parents won’t chips.” hang, even before she arrived. want them back.” “Anything,” I sighed tiredly. “There was nothing in my house She was not pleased. She demand- to fill these with,” Tzila announced ed answers. She demanded we fix the next day, “so I stuffed them with the mess we created. water balloons.” I wanted to hide. Crawl into some “I’ll take them,” I said. I organized the containers in neat piles. Broken containers or ones filled with messy things went corner like a rat and never come straight into the trash. Empty ones eyes for a minute and then looked at out. Or take a kayak and row until went into another pile, and ones her containers, bursting with mini my arms ached. with good prizes went into a third. We stared at her with rounded water-filled balloons, and laughed. And there it was again, nagging More mechanisms activated inside like a whiney whine, the story of our brains. Who said we had to fill the invisible mouse. our containers with our very best and dearest possessions? I took a deep, shaky breath. I gave back quarters to the older There were 13 in the last pile and I saved those for Rivka. “I have a surprise for you, Rivka, but you need to sit on the floor and close your eyes.” angry girls. I searched through the Rivka eagerly plopped down at ored paper clips. Shani stuffed hers remaining stack of containers for the doorway of my bedroom and I with pencil shavings. Ariella stuffed ones that contained real prizes and poured the medicine containers into hers with confetti. Tzila stuffed hers handed three to the girl with con- her lap one by one, just as I imag- with shaving cream. fetti in her hair and three to the girl ined them cascading into the hands who had licked the shaving cream. of Tzila’s brother at the pizza shop. I stuffed my next batch with col- There were still some good prizes left. Erasers from Gila’s never I bent down on the floor and began dwindling supply, Mike n’ Ikes from collecting the garbage. Haddas ran smile stretched across her freckled Atara’s and jeweled bobby pins to find a broom and Shani cleared cheeks. “I can have all of them?” She from Haddas. But I suppose the bad the table. When the hallway was asked. outnumbered the good, and at that clean and the crowd dispersed, I “All of them!” recess, excited and eager little faces knocked hesitantly on Mrs. Kagan’s Then I read her the book of the crumpled into angry and sad ones as door, apologized and explained. Rivka opened her eyes and a about a sixth grade class who didn’t were dumped out of their plastic were huddled about, a bit ashamed want to go kayaking for their grad- containers onto the scratchy grey and despondent. uation trip. linoleum. There were tears from the young ones, money-back demands back from the older ones, and all the sixth graders eyed each other warily, unsure how to handle all the chaos. And then someone dumped her “I guess that’s the end of that,” Atara said, frowning. “I can’t say I’ll miss filling those containers,” Chedva admitted. “It was actually really hard drawer of my dresser today, you will find a canvas bag full of empty medicine containers. It’s there for me to remember one of the greatest lessons of my life, but it’s also my Tzila said with a face so serious, we most favorite collection. couldn’t help but laugh, a tad hyster- else’s head, and someone else rained ically. confetti across the hallway, and a If you look inside the bottom trying to get in the shaving cream,” pencil shavings on top of someone Peanut Butter Apple Sandwiches WRITTEN BY ESTY WOLBE 1 red or green apple invisible mouse. And I told her When I returned, my classmates grass, confetti and pencil shavings In The Kitchen Sometimes, you’ll find Rivka and us Send u re a pict pple A Butter eanut in our P d r e u r o u t a e of y f @ e to info ic to b Sandw azine! Email n't ag nd do next m ineny.com a ame, az your n e fyimag d lu to inc tion. forget d loca n a e g a 20 | myfyi apples into rounds as thick as you'd like 3 tablespoons peanut butter and remove the core. Spread peanut butter 1/4 cup store-bought granola on top. Place another apple round on top to onto one round and sprinkle some granola make a sandwich. Repeat with remaining apple rounds, peanut butter, and granola. 2. These Peanut Butter Apple Sandwiches make a great after-school snack to munch on as you do your homework or study. Peanut butter is nutritious, filling, and a great source of protein. Paired with apples and granola, it'll give you the boost you me sitting cross-legged on the floor “What do I do with these?” Atara 1. With the help of an adult, slice the need to keep going until dinner time. building castles with them. 21 | myfyi
that night. Friends were calling me  little girl tried to lick the shaving  asked, pointing to the canvas bag  with the sa...
What to Read Favor ite Lin e: "Let m e tell y o u s o mething: It’s rea lly har to be f d at.” (“M eet My Elepha nt”) LEARN THE LINGO: WRITTEN BY SARAH RIVKAH KOHN For this little box, I’m going to combine my two favorite jobs: writing and teaching. I believe you’re a smart bunch and I want you to be able to learn the lingo used often in both, quality writing and book reviews. Favor ite Line: She lik ed to d anyth o ing sh e could Excep t, of co urse do wh at she should . This month, let’s talk about novellas. It seems almost like food. In fact, many different food relationships are played out. The genius in this book is that each All That Glitters By Riva Pomerantz | Pages: 252 Target age: 13-17 (but some mature tweens have loved it too!) Cozy Rosy Cleans Her Room its first line— there’s no “stick around, the plot gets better.” And it’s not just the first line. It’s good to the last drop! By Chaya Reich | Pages: 43 | Target age: 6-9 Overview: Cozy Rosy is some- story hooks you in with Overview: While friendships and Author Add-On: Chaya Reich one I grew to love as I read the shares with MY FYI readers: book. She is just like so many When I was a little girl, I was of us who detest cleanup and definitely Cozy Rosy, which chores. Eventually, though, stands for Chaya Reich. When I she needs to take stock of her finally ran out of clothes at age room because she runs out of nine, my mother, who was un- clothes! Rosy’s mother (who’s like any other, gave me the job unlike any other!) teaches her of doing the family’s laundry tools and techniques that are once a week by myself in the fun and help get her room spic laundry room of our building. It and span. This rhyming book was there that I learned how is a mix of comic relief and to fold beautifully and gained organizing handbook, as the a huge dose of responsibility. story gives children the tools The 4-basket routine is so fun that will help them dig out of and easy that anyone can learn the mess muddles. Oh, and it it. I wanted all children to have even comes with a CD that an easy routine to help them includes a reading of the story keep their rooms clean (as well and a special song. as desks and backpacks). 22 | myfyi the social scene play a huge role in a teen’s life (oh, and also acne!), Author Add-On: Riva Pomerantz shares this there are so many more challenges with FYI readers: “I’m teens need to navigate. In these a big fan of teens, and I four novellas, the author comfort- worked for many years ably explores many serious issues as a mentor. I have so girls this age face. We meet two much respect for everyone sisters: an overachiever and…well, who goes through teen- not. Naturally, they struggle to agehood, having been get along. In another story, it’s all through it myself and not about financials— what happens having had an easy time at when Baila doesn’t get to spend as all. When I write for teens, she pleases anymore? Any writer I sit back and think what worth her weight will tell you the I would have liked to see importance of ending strong, and written when I was a young this author blew me away with adult. And I am PICKY!! :-)” adding “La” to the end of some nice Jewish name (think: Leah’la, Chaya’la, Rochel’la) and it means “short novels or long short stories.” Simple, right? Except how do you know if your work is a short story or a long story? Believe it or not, every type of writing has word counts. A typical feature article runs anywhere from 2000-3500 words. A short story, anywhere from 2500-3500, and novellas typically run 25,000 to 65,000 words. How does that word count compare to a full-length novel? According to Writer's Digest, the industry standard is 55,000 to 300,000, but almost nobody writes novels that long anymore, because the average attention span of readers has gone down over the last decade. WHADDYA KNOW? Novellas were developed somewhere in the mid-1300s but did not become popular until the 1800s. In fact, in some countries, a sign that one was part of the intellectual society was not “bothering” with short stories or novellas. Intelligent people would supposedly only read exceedingly long, wordy books that were pages and pages long. Historians say that many of these “novels” were as long as encyclopedias, but to fit in with the upper class, one had to pretend to enjoy them. Hmmm….did anyone ever teach them anything about peer pressure in those days? her last story, entitled “Meet My Elephant.” In this novella, we get to know a girl and her struggles with 23 | myfyi
What to Read Favor ite Lin e   Let m e tell y o u s o mething  It   s rea lly har to be f d at.        M eet My Elepha nt ...
What to Read Favor ite Lin e: "Let m e tell y o u s o mething: It’s rea lly har to be f d at.” (“M eet My Elepha nt”) LEARN THE LINGO: WRITTEN BY SARAH RIVKAH KOHN For this little box, I’m going to combine my two favorite jobs: writing and teaching. I believe you’re a smart bunch and I want you to be able to learn the lingo used often in both, quality writing and book reviews. Favor ite Line: She lik ed to d anyth o ing sh e could Excep t, of co urse do wh at she should . This month, let’s talk about novellas. It seems almost like food. In fact, many different food relationships are played out. The genius in this book is that each All That Glitters By Riva Pomerantz | Pages: 252 Target age: 13-17 (but some mature tweens have loved it too!) Cozy Rosy Cleans Her Room its first line— there’s no “stick around, the plot gets better.” And it’s not just the first line. It’s good to the last drop! By Chaya Reich | Pages: 43 | Target age: 6-9 Overview: Cozy Rosy is some- story hooks you in with Overview: While friendships and Author Add-On: Chaya Reich one I grew to love as I read the shares with MY FYI readers: book. She is just like so many When I was a little girl, I was of us who detest cleanup and definitely Cozy Rosy, which chores. Eventually, though, stands for Chaya Reich. When I she needs to take stock of her finally ran out of clothes at age room because she runs out of nine, my mother, who was un- clothes! Rosy’s mother (who’s like any other, gave me the job unlike any other!) teaches her of doing the family’s laundry tools and techniques that are once a week by myself in the fun and help get her room spic laundry room of our building. It and span. This rhyming book was there that I learned how is a mix of comic relief and to fold beautifully and gained organizing handbook, as the a huge dose of responsibility. story gives children the tools The 4-basket routine is so fun that will help them dig out of and easy that anyone can learn the mess muddles. Oh, and it it. I wanted all children to have even comes with a CD that an easy routine to help them includes a reading of the story keep their rooms clean (as well and a special song. as desks and backpacks). 22 | myfyi the social scene play a huge role in a teen’s life (oh, and also acne!), Author Add-On: Riva Pomerantz shares this there are so many more challenges with FYI readers: “I’m teens need to navigate. In these a big fan of teens, and I four novellas, the author comfort- worked for many years ably explores many serious issues as a mentor. I have so girls this age face. We meet two much respect for everyone sisters: an overachiever and…well, who goes through teen- not. Naturally, they struggle to agehood, having been get along. In another story, it’s all through it myself and not about financials— what happens having had an easy time at when Baila doesn’t get to spend as all. When I write for teens, she pleases anymore? Any writer I sit back and think what worth her weight will tell you the I would have liked to see importance of ending strong, and written when I was a young this author blew me away with adult. And I am PICKY!! :-)” adding “La” to the end of some nice Jewish name (think: Leah’la, Chaya’la, Rochel’la) and it means “short novels or long short stories.” Simple, right? Except how do you know if your work is a short story or a long story? Believe it or not, every type of writing has word counts. A typical feature article runs anywhere from 2000-3500 words. A short story, anywhere from 2500-3500, and novellas typically run 25,000 to 65,000 words. How does that word count compare to a full-length novel? According to Writer's Digest, the industry standard is 55,000 to 300,000, but almost nobody writes novels that long anymore, because the average attention span of readers has gone down over the last decade. WHADDYA KNOW? Novellas were developed somewhere in the mid-1300s but did not become popular until the 1800s. In fact, in some countries, a sign that one was part of the intellectual society was not “bothering” with short stories or novellas. Intelligent people would supposedly only read exceedingly long, wordy books that were pages and pages long. Historians say that many of these “novels” were as long as encyclopedias, but to fit in with the upper class, one had to pretend to enjoy them. Hmmm….did anyone ever teach them anything about peer pressure in those days? her last story, entitled “Meet My Elephant.” In this novella, we get to know a girl and her struggles with 23 | myfyi
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