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Inside Highlights January 2017

Ask Arizona

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When Arizona misses out on a day’s worth of fun activities, she regrets having wasted time watching television.
Ask Arizona
Need a smart way to persuade your kid to limit his viewing habits? Take a look at Ask Arizona, one of our most-read features.

This month, our star writer Arizona reveals a super-relatable tale about how she once lost an entire day of fun because she binge watched a popular television show for children. You’ll love Arizona’s no-fail advice for kicking the habit (for starters, she recommends not turning the TV on in the first place). You can catch her story on pages 40-41 of the January 2017 issue, on HighlightsKids.com, or in the recap that follows. Whatever you choose, discuss the article with your child whenever you can grab a quiet moment together. And don’t forget to use the conversation starters and reading comprehension questions we’ve provided. They’ll help your kid become a better and more insightful reader.

Recap: A kid who signs his letter Too Much TV in Tennessee needs help limiting his television watching. Arizona responds with a story about the time she got sidetracked watching too much television while visiting her childhood friend Maddy. Maddy lives two hours from Arizona, so the trip was a rare treat for both of them; they planned to celebrate the occasion with a long list of fun activities. As the visit got underway, however, the girls squandered the day engrossed in Maddy’s favorite television series—and they regretted it later. While the get-together didn’t turn out as planned, they learned an important lesson about what really counts when friends spend time together.

Conversation Starters:
  • Describe a time when you watched way more TV than you had planned. Did you regret it? What else could you have been doing?
  • What do you think of Arizona’s advice that if you don’t want to go overboard, don’t turn the TV on in the first place?
  • Which would you prefer: Watching TV indoors for six hours, or going outside for a great game of tennis, softball, or hockey?
  • Name a person you would like to visit if you could see any childhood buddy. How would you spend your time together?
  • What would you eliminate to curb your screen time: apps and games, streamed shows and movies, or your favorite TV programs?
Reading Comprehension Boosters:
  • Besides television, what does Arizona say she can’t get enough of?
  • According to Arizona, what one thing do both her obsessions have in common?
  • When Arizona first started watching the TV series with Maddy, she actually liked it. How did she feel about it after having spent a whole day viewing episodes?
  • Arizona suggests three ways Too Much TV in Tennessee can curb his viewing habits. What are they?
  • List the activities on Maddy and Arizona’s Fun List (bonus points if you get all four of them!).

Thinking about your child’s school curriculum, how do you view the current quality and quantity of STEM offerings (science, technology, engineering, and math)? Please select one of the following:

Parents Talk Back
Thinking about your child’s school curriculum, how do you view the current quality and quantity of STEM offerings (science, technology, engineering, and math)? Please select one of the following:
There is not enough emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math.
54% (19 votes)
There are an appropriate number of offerings in science, technology, engineering, and math.
20% (7 votes)
There is too much emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math.
9% (3 votes)
Not sure.
17% (6 votes)
Total votes: 35