Worksheet of the Week: Postage Stamp for MLKJ

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Hey Jumpeez! You’re going to need to put on your artist caps for this Worksheet of the Week! Brush up on your history and give Martin Luther King the BEST stamp you can make before the upcoming holiday, marking his life and works! With a parent, learn all about this IMPORTANT person and include details about his life in your design.

Educational Resources and Worksheets

Supplemental learning resources are essential to keeping your kids on track when it comes to their education. From free printable worksheets to lesson plans and everything in between, parents and educators have a world of learning available to them online at JumpStart.com. Convenient, fun and engaging to a large range of early learning levels math, science, English, and history are just a few of the topics that you can use to navigate the endless amount of resources on our site.

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Math: Taking on new topics in math is all about having a strong foundation in the basics and building upon each new learned concept. Treat each new lesson or concept that your kids will learn in school as another stepping-stone to more complex lessons in higher learning. To assure that your child never falls too far behind by helping them get in some regular practice with JumpStart’s free printable math worksheets for young learners as young as preschool levels through 5th grade students. From word problems to basic geometry, where do your kids need the most help when it comes to their math lessons?life-clycle-of-a-plant

Science: At its root, science helps explain occurrences in nature, which can be quite comforting to a young child. JumpStart provides a number of exciting science based activities for you to prepare your kids for more complex topics they might cover as they progress in school. Expose them to the power of science early on in life and you might end up with a little Einstein of your own.

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History: There is no doubt that there is something valuable to be learned from looking to past generations, times, and cultures. This fact is what makes history or social studies such an important topic for kids to cover in school. Help your kids explore the evolution of our country and global community by turning to interactive study guides like JumpStart’s free printable worksheets, which are designed to make history approachable and most of all fun!

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A New Scavenger Hunt for May

As we welcome the month of May, start off the month right with a brand new scavenger hunt in JumpStart!  Festive items are hidden throughout MainStreet and DownTown, ready to provide some excitement to all who find them.

6Get in the spirit of Cinco de Mayo with a scavenger hunt full of various cultural items.  Celebrate a different history and culture as you search JumpStart and become introduced to fun objects you may not have seen before.

Click here to read more!

The History of St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday celebrated each year on March 17th. It is a time when people gather to celebrate Irish history and culture with tons of green décor and much talk of Irish luck. However, there is more to this day than just celebrating. In fact, its history dates back almost a thousand years with Saint Patrick, himself, generally known as the most prominent patron saint of all of Ireland.

St. Patrick  is credited with spreading Christianity in Ireland as well as ridding all the snakes from the island. He used three-leafed shamrocks to explain the Holy Trinity, which has survived to become an enduring symbol of St. Patrick’s Day.

St. Patrick’s Day was largely a religious holiday, celebrated in Ireland through feasts and religious ceremonies. Celebrations began in the 1300s and continued on through the centuries largely unchanged until the 1700s, when the holiday started changing into what it is today.

The St. Patrick’s Day that we know today was an American concept, created by Irish-Americans who were looking to celebrate their heritage. St. Patrick’s Day was first celebrated in 1737 in Boston, and grew from there. When there was an influx of Irish immigrants during the nineteenth century due to the infamous potato famine, the newly American citizens wanted to honor their homeland through their traditional holiday. The immigrants’ celebration of St. Patrick’s day, between the parades and festivities, spread throughout the country and became a holiday for all Americans regardless of heritage.

As St. Patrick’s Day has grown and become a major holiday around the world, not just in Ireland and the United States, there have been many traditions that have developed. One of the biggest is to wear green on that day. If you do not wear green, you are liable to get pinched. Another is to dye your beverages green or make green baked goods with food coloring. A community tradition is to watch the local St. Patrick’s Day Parade, or to see one on TV. A tradition for younger children has been to set elaborate traps to catch a leprechaun.

One of the longest-standing traditions was created in Chicago. In 1962, sewer workers got the idea to dye the Chicago River green for St. Patrick’s Day after using the dye to find out where pollution streams were coming from. Every year since, the Chicago River is dyed green with vegetable dye in honor of the holiday. This has led to many other cities and towns with large Irish populations to dye their local rivers and streams green as well.

There are a lot of symbols associated with St. Patrick’s Day. One is the four leaf clover; while the traditional three-leafed shamrock is popular with St. Patrick’s Day, the four leaf clover is rare and therefore considered very lucky. Leprechauns, an Irish mythical creature, are said to have to tell you where they hid their gold if you catch one. General Irish symbols have been adopted by this holiday as well, such as the Blarney Stone.

St. Patrick’s Day has become one of the most celebrated holidays with some of the most recognizable traditions, regardless if you have a drop of Irish blood in you or not. Share with us how you like to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Celebrating History: MLK Day


“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”

– Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Next Monday, is the day in which we celebrate the birth of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., the famed civil rights leader and icon of social change. Celebrated on the 3rd Monday in January, his life and works have come to merit a federal holiday in the United States, but how familiar are you and your family with his life of service? To honor his many accomplishments, start planning for how you might be giving your kids a little history lesson on his role in the 1960s civil rights movement.

Born on January 15th 1929, Martin Luther King Jr. was  raised in Georgia  and educated at Atlanta’s Morehouse College, where he pursued interests in sociology. King eventually enrolled in the seminary and achieved advanced degrees in theology before becoming an ordained minister and the legendary activist we know him as today. Most notably, King has been recognized for his role in nonviolent protest throughout the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s, which are often attributed to his interests in the teachings of Gandhi.

One of the most famous demonstrations that he led came to life in the form of the Montgomery bus boycott which gave voice to the plight of Miss Rosa Parks and the thousands of African Americans who, at the time, were forced to roles as second class citizens. Additionally, in 1963, King as part of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference led the iconic March on Washington which focused on ending segregation in schools and bring about equal rights for all citizens. It is at this very event that King shared his famed “I Have a Dream” speech to hundreds of thousands of Americans that marched with him from the Washington monument to the Lincoln Memorial in protest of the discriminatory Jim Crow laws which still ruled certain areas of the country, and more particularly the South. Because of his strong convictions on equality, sense of courage, and natural ability to excite change, some people saw King as a threat, which ultimately led to his unjust assassination in 1968. At the time, King was in Memphis, Tennessee where he had arrived for a rally in support of equal wages for workers.

Celebrating the life and sacrifice of activists like Martin Luther King Jr. can help parents like you further your kids understanding of social tolerance and respect. You might even consider having your little learners recite the “I Have a Dream” Speech as an interactive learning tool as it can help them learn to stand up for what they believe to be just and true.

Who Is S.P.L.A.T.?

UPDATE:  S.P.L.A.T. wants to thank all Jumpeez who participated in this mission! Because of your kids, all the voltage dragon eggs were rescued from the evil Sorcerer Tangorra and JumpStart was saved! This mission is now over.

Did you know the mischievous Sorcerer Tangorra is trying to remove all the energy from JumpStart? It’s true! Right now, he is searching for a dragon nest hidden somewhere in JumpStart. This nest is rumored to hold eggs of the rare Voltage Dragon – a species that hasn’t been seen in JumpStart for over 100 years! If Tangorra finds the eggs, he’ll be able to complete his potion and take all of the energy out of JumpStart. To protect JumpStart, the Secret Protection League Against Troublemakers (S.P.L.A.T.) is working to stop him and asking for your help! But who is this S.P.L.A.T.?

Let’s rewind a few years to explain. 110 years ago, troublemakers were causing problems all over JumpStart. You know those pesky Punk Punks that get in your way in AdventureLand and MarineLand? Well, they used to run loose all over JumpStart!  With The Secret Protection League Against Troublemakers was created to put an end to their mischief and bring order back to MainStreet and DownTown! Jumpeez were recruited to work with S.P.L.A.T. to contain the  mischievous furballs in AdventureLand and MarineLand, where brave explorers can train to combat them and stay safe.

Since the Punk Punk fiasco of 1900, JumpStart has been at peace and S.P.L.A.T. has not been needed. Until now, that is! With Tangorra racing to complete his potion, S.P.L.A.T. has been reactivated to help. The agency keeps the identities of its top agents hidden, so they can only communicate through the Secret Protection League Against Troublemakers Transmit Email Robotically (S.P.L.A.T.T.E.R). If you receive a message via S.P.L.A.T.T.E.R, please, follow the clues and help us save JumpStart!

Celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day by Making Your Own Apple Tree!

John Chapman was born around 1775 in Massachusetts. He was raised on a small farm, where his favorite place to spend time was his father’s apple orchard. Chapman was trained as a nurseryman, or someone who takes care of an orchard, and around the turn of the nineteenth century, he began collecting apple seeds from cider presses, tools used to separate apples from their juice, in Pennsylvania. As Chapman traveled west and planted those seeds, he quickly became known as “Johnny Appleseed.”

*To learn more about Johnny Appleseed, visit Answers.com here. That’s where we got our info!*

Today is Johnny Appleseed Day, a day to celebrate Chapman’s growing accomplishments and have some fun with apples! You can make an apple tree, too – and, unlike a real apple tree, you won’t need to wait five years to enjoy it!
Click here to see how to help this creative tree grow.