Friday, September 30, 2016

Carseat safety

 Cybex, Britax, Diono, Maxi Cosi, Nuna, Clek, Chicco, and Uppababy are the leading brands in carseat safety. Many people turn children forward facing as soon as they turn two. This is very bad. Just because you can doesn't mean you should. Little kids necks are very fragile and it is up to five time safer to face the rear than forward facing.

  Another problem is that people take there kids out of carseats in favor of boosters. A full harness keeps children in the ideal position even when asleep. There is a reason that racing cars are equipped with five point harnesses. Because it's safer!

  Clek seats are designed by the best car companies in the world. They take the technology that makes cars safe, shrink it, and put it in the carseats.

  The new Cybex Cloud Q infant seat has a full recline when you take it out of the car so your baby can sleep at a pediatrician recommend angle. It also features Linear Side Impact Protection.

  Britax is, well, put it simply, one of the best brands on the market. It's patented honeycomb-shaped impact absorber is revolutionary.  

   Just because your child is tall, or heavy, or in 4th grade, doesn't mean you can't find the right seat for your child. Diono makes good ones for older kids.

  All in all, I think safety is number one for all parents, but most people don't realize that you can, and should, keep your kids in carseats for as long as possible.

Fairy tale food

I like food because it keeps me alive. Other people like food because it keeps them alive. Food is something everyone needs like water. There are lots of types of foods like Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Etc.My favorite kind is microwaveable Mac and cheese. Today I am going to write about what princesses, wizards, elves, etc ate in fairy tales.

According to a lot of fairy tales ate breakfast foods such as bread, porridge, fruit, pecans and more fruit. In fairytale they can make them eat whatever they want, but the food is usually a magical or a regular food. In all the fairy tales I have watched there are usually magical food.

Sweets are also very popular in fairy tales like in Hansel and Gretel They find a house made of candy and in the ginger bread man there is a world made out of candy. In the fairy tales there is always a evil god mother or evil person trying to put a princess to sleep,like in sleeping beauty the evil person gave the princess a poison apple. 

In conclusion I think the most common foods for fairy tales are sweets. I think they did sweets because every child likes candy and sweets.


Something To Say About Food

All people love eating food, it's one of the things that keeps us alive. One of my favorite things to eat is a burger from In N Out. Whenever I go on a road trip, I like to stop and get a burger, shake, and fries. Some things I don't like to eat include mushrooms, zucchini, and squash.

I like to snack in between meals, so do many people I know. I get hungry easily, so I eat something small before lunch or dinner. I eat small things like crackers, fruit, or chips. Having a snack can prevent people from overeating at lunch or dinner. Snacking can also help keep your energy up in the middle of the day.

Overall, food is just one of the best things. Everyone has their own comfort foods they love to eat. Mine is mocha chip ice cream, it's really good and it just satisfies my hunger.

What did dinosaurs eat

I think food is amazing. I love food. Food is made from the beast stuff on earth. Without food I don't know what i would do. I would die without out food.  I need food. When ever I am  hungry i go into my kitchen i grab a snack. Food makes me happy it also makes m tummy happy too.  That's my reference about food.

I wonder what dinosaurs ate when they were still alive.  I found out that dinosaurs ate other dinosaurs or they ate plants but some other dinosaurs didn't eat plants.  The plants that dinosaurs ate are leaves,twigs and seeds. Thees plants were found in higher tree tops or close to the ground.  The dinosaurs called Apatosaurus ate stones.  Velociraptor attacked and killed other dinosaurs for food.

That's all I found online. Dinosaurs are very interesting creatures. It was fun learning about Dinosaurs.

Polish Food

Food is a delicious thing and is very essential to life. Food is one of the things that help you stay alive all of anyone's life. There are many different kinds of food all across the world. For example, Italian, Japanese, American, etc. Everyone likes different types of food. I am going to talk about one type of food that has influenced America and parts of the world. This food topic will be coming from a place called Poland in Europe.

Polish people have many types of food like desserts and main courses. However, there is a history to Polish food. During the middle ages, the Polish liked to use meat a lot. That and cereal was their main ingredients in most of their dishes. If you were to look at the Polish cuisine, there would be a lot of foods with meat, especially beef, in them. And during the Renaissance period, the Italian queen, Queen Bona, and many Italian cooks came to Poland, and during that time, vegetables were used more.

There are many types of foods from Poland that you may have not known originated from Poland. There is one very good type of food that is very popular in America and in the world and it is called a bagel. A bagel is a type of dough that is the shape of a circle with another circle in the middle. Bagels have a total of 245 calories per bagel. There are many types of things you can put on a bagel. you can put cream cheese, nutella, salmon, etc. Bagels are admired all over the world.

Sernik is a very popular dessert in Poland. Sernik is cheesecake but with the Polish name. Many people love cheesecake and the recipe is simple. The ingredients are flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, butter, eggs and sour cream. The instructions are preheat oven 350 degrees, mix first four ingredients and add eggs and sour cream until it becomes a ball. Flour sides of a pan and pour mixture into pan. For the filling, beat egg yolks till stiff and set aside. Beat egg yolks, sugar and vanilla till light and fluffy. In a food processor, place butter, potatoes, cheese, nutmeg, salt, limoncello, and orange zest. Add to yolk mixture and incorporate, pour onto crust, and bake for 45-50 minutes. Then let cool.

Polish food is very important because if there wasn't Polish food, some foods wouldn't be around.

What Slaves Ate

In my opinion I think everyone likes food because it keeps us alive. It stops weird knots in our stomachs, which is called hunger. My favorite food is ramen. Ramen is a Japanese noodles. But compared to slaves, it's like we get a whole moth of food in one day.

Slaves use to normally eat cornbread and pork. A few foods that slaves got a little less often were; lard, molasses, peas, greens and flour. Occasionally slaves use to get their food from their harvest, like fresh fruits and veggies.

A negative about fresh harvest is if its not a great harvest, slaves will have to eat rotten harvest until the next harvest, but then again that harvest might not be great either. Slave owners sometimes gave slaves a small patch of land for their own harvest, this way owners could still feed their slaves but not have to pay for food.        

In conclusion, overall slaves were treated very badly, especially for all the hard work they did. Slaves food portions were very small and not cared about.

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The Difference Between Vegans, Vegetarians, and Pescetarians

Everybody likes food, and so do I. My favorite food is pizza. My least favorite food is salmon. My sister really likes salmon, but I don't know why. I'm going to write about the differences between the three diets vegan, vegetarian, and pescetarian. 

A vegetarian and a pescetarian are often confused. People say that vegetarians are people who don't eat meat, but they do eat fish. That's not true. A pescetarian is a person who does not eat meat, but still eats fish or other sea food. A pescetarian also eats dairy, eggs, and honey.

A vegetarian is a person who eats absolutely no meat including sea food. A vegetarian still eats food like eggs and honey. This is also called a lacto-ovo vegetarian. There are actually other types of vegetarian diets like a lacto vegetarian who eats no meats or eggs but still eats honey. An ovo vegetarian does not eat meat or dairy, but does eat eggs and honey.

A vegan has a big difference from a vegetarian and a pescetarian. While a vegetarian and a pescetarian both eat dairy products, a vegan does not. A vegan diet excludes meat, cheese, eggs, sea food, milk, and any dairy products or food that came from animals. They also generally do not own leather or fur products. Vegans also do not eat any candy. A vegan diet consists of only fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, nuts, and seeds.


Food in the military


Food is something that we all eat, but I love food. I love trying different food and finding something new that you love! I think food is beautiful as people can connect with food, such as if you eat your home country's food you might think of the time when you lived there. Food is a very amazing thing and that's why I love it.

Food in the military is a very important thing. Food has changed the face of history, especially when it come to wars. Like in the Cold War, when Russia cut off food supply to West Berlin to try and get the UK and US to leave, but the UK and US were determend, so they dropped food from planes every day for 11 months. There are still towns and communities that have been cut off of food  because of wars and conflicts and the Red Cross and World Food Programme are trying to help these people.

In the military today the most popular form of food in war is Meal, Ready-to-Eat  (MRE). These small, lightweight meals can be cooked by using a heater bag. This meal usually includes a main course, a snack or desert, crackers or bread, spread of cheese or jam or peanut butter, powdered beverage mix, and utensils. The meal has to be at least 1,200 calories, the reason being soldiers are running around all the time with 50 pound bags on there backs

On something like a military ship that isn't involved in a war there is usually a kitchen that makes meals on the ship. These meals range from burgers and fries to mac and cheese, they usually also have a salad bar on the ships. The meals are usaully made by other soldiers, as they switch who will cook every week.

How to make an MRE: link

Family Food Traditions

People eat food to survive. I like meat, salads, soups, and occasionally junk food. I don't like eating vegetables like zucchini, eggplant, and brussel sprouts. I occasionally eat junk food like pizza and burgers becuase when you eat normal and healthy food all the time, junk food is string new and fun.

My mom cooks food that my grandmother cooked. My mom cooks the food from her childhood becuase she's used that kind of food. I think most people make the food that their parents made becuase of the same reason. They feel comfortable and related to that food that their mom made in the past. 

The importance of family food traditions is the memories of ancestors. If you don't carry on the food that they created or started, you start to forget. You can't just remember people by pictures, it's better to do something that they did when they were alive. It feels more special. Whenever I ask my mom what she's making she would tell me what the food was and who made it before her, if anyone did.

Also the traditions that the families and ancestors bring. When they die, the traditions carry on and people remember the ancestors. I think that it's really cool that people carry on traditions to remember others that died. I like that people do kore than just take pictures to remember, they do recepies and carry on the traditions that I will carry on and so will my sister.

One of the recepies that my mom makes that my grandmother used to make is something called pelmemi. Pelmemi are little dumplings made of dough with meat, or anything of your choice. To make the drought you need 2/3 cups buttermilk, 1 tablespoon sour cream, 2 large eggs, 2 cups warm water, 1 1/2 tablespoon of salt, and 7 cups flour. To make the meat insides you need 1pound ground turkey, 1 pound ground pork, 1 onion, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 3 pressed garlic cloves, 1/2 tablespoon ground pepper and lastly, 3/4 tablespoon salt. That's the recipe to pelmeni. How to cook it

Imaginary Friends are Nothing to Worry About

Childhood is a golden time in all of our lives. We saw everything through rose-colored lenses, and craved creativity while living in the normal world. As many are familiar, this need for fun and excitement will sprout a brand new idea in their minds: imaginary friends.

Maybe you're a parent and have a child who sometimes talks and plays with their invisible friend. Perhaps this concerns you, and you wonder if this is means that they are lonely or has a social disability. This seems logical with evidence from those baby books from the child's younger years, but there is no research that supports these ideas, and in fact, it's just the opposite. 

According to Marjorie Taylor, psychologist at the University of Oregon and author of Imaginary Friends and the Children Who Create Them, having a relationship with someone who your child creates can actually lead to some emotional and intellectual benefits. Taylor researched children with and without imaginary friends, studying their behavior. "In a lot of ways they're very similar, but when we do find differences, they tend to show an advantage for kids who have imaginary friends."

Communication becomes more developed in children with invisible friends, as they have the opportunity to control both sides of a conversation. Since there are no rules in their imaginary lands, children can thoroughly explore communal skills without borders. This doesn't mean that they will forget about rules and manners, in fact, most children will tell off their imaginary friend if they do something rude - a sign of understanding the correct thing to do.

In addition to it not being a sign of stress or disability, imaginary friends are also incredibly common. Taylor find that 37 percent of children admit they had - or currently have - imaginary friends at the age of seven. In a group  of 86 children with imaginary friends, 77% eagerly admitted they had one, and they almost always know they're not real. Only one of the children in that large group was sure their friend was real.

Here at Hillwood, a few little girls were excited to talk about their imaginary friends. 

Parents with imaginary family members: there's absolutely nothing to worry about. It's best for your child in the long term to encourage this phenomenon and include their mindful habits in your day-to-day life to assist cognitive skills. Although it's great to have an imaginary friend, you shouldn't force one if your child doesn't invent one. Kids can get similar benefits by going to school and making real friends.

Heathrow Airport in Hillingdon, London is one of few public areas that actively encourages imaginary friends. This video narrated by Chris O'Dowd displays Heathrow's recently included business habits.

For more reading about imaginary friends, you can read some stories from the public. This one from Buzzfeed is on the creepier side, and this one from the Listener is a bit funnier.

In conclusion, imaginary friends are no taboo, and if your child has created one, simply allow their minds to run wild.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Nowadays kids have electronics to entertain themselves. For example computers, phones, Ipads and other devises. But our grandparents or our great grandparents didn't have any of those devices. They had to have other things to entertain themselves. Kids might actually still be using some of the toys today if they don't want to use any of the new things today. Here are some of the old toy names that they used back then. The piano which kids still use today and the pinball machine or riding a bicycle and painting and playing hide and go seek or playing the board game chess or checkers, or read.

The  piano is a musical machine that kids enjoy.  The pinball machine is a thing where you have to keep hitting the ball back up and not let it fall. The bicycle is a vehicle that kids ride on to get some where to another and its also really fun to ride on. And kids still paint too. Painting can be really fun to do when your bored. Its where you get brush and dip it in paint and draw with your paint brush. Hide and seek is where kids go out side or play inside and they try to hide from one person who is trying to find them. Reading is fun too for some people. If your bored then you can go to the library and get a fun book to read.

The dog

Social concept

"The dog was turning five, not the boy." My computer/art teacher had just come to start the class and we were prepping to try to find articles as we do every Friday morning when she stopped us "Last week I read you a book, and even though I read the entire book out to you and gave you all the information  I still made you believe it was the kids birthday party, not the dogs" the book she was referring to is a sweet little childrens book called 'Toby the Tortoise'. It was about a boy who loves animals and finds a lonely tortoise. The book also talks about a dogs birthday party, she made us believe it was the boys. This social concept, distracting people and making them think that your choice is the right choice, while still giving people all the information they need to come to a different conclusion, is used a lot in countries ranging from the hermit kingdom North Korea all the way to the United States.
She gave an example "when you see a billboard advertising toothpaste, do you see the sparkling white teeth or do you see the gorgeous woman" it's almost like the billboard is inadvertently making a mental note that the next time you go to the store, get this toothpaste as it makes you better. Now you may still think I'm crazy, but you can see this kind of manipulating happening in North Korea. When the Soviet Union collapsed, North Korea stopped receiving funding, they could not afford food for the army, so they convinced the public that they were at a constant war with the we stand to donate most of there crops to the army. This was very effective, and is still in use today.

Land Tortoises

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The land tortoises also impact religion for example in Hinduism Kurma who was the second avatar of Vishnu. He was half man half tortoise a mountain was placed on his back by the other gods to control the sea to find treasures. Also in Greek mythology Hermes symbol was a tortoise. And in the Chinese culture they used the tortoise shells for predictions. Here is a fun fact about the land tortoise they can smell with their throats by pumping and circulating air threw the roof of their mouth. If u want to learn more about tortoises you can go to  and type in land tortoises.

The land tortoises are a very interesting group of species. Like all tortoises and turtles haveshells for protection. Also mainly all land tortoises are herbivores and they feed mainly on fruits, vegetables, and flowers but some land tortoises are omnivores meaning they feed on both animals and plants

Parenting Then and Now

Parenting in the last 25 has changed a lot. Parents have grown to be more worried about their own children. In cities like San Francisco and New York, it can get to be very scary. For example, some kids have been kidnapped or hurt while walking home from school. As more of these things happen to kids, the parents get more scared about letting their kids walk alone or do something by themselves. Even at an older age like 16 or 17, teenagers have early curfews like 8 or 9.

Parenting hasn't just changed, the children have. Kids can now be easily distracted by anything on their phones or iPads. Checking Instagram or watching Youtube is common for kids to do this generation. It can distract kids from anything going on outside of their screens. For example, if they are walking around and they're playing Pokemon Go, they are oblivious to their surroundings.

By: Grace, Layla, and Sophia

Ups and Downs of having Siblings

There are many Ups and Downs of having siblings. Maddie and Nicole are here to list those Ups and Downs. Maddie has an older sister and Nicole has a younger sister. Maddie will write the positives and Nicole will write the negatives.

Maddie: I have an older sister. She is extremeley protective of me. I think this is a really good quality that an older sibling should have. When ever I accomplish something she is always really happy for me and shows that she is really proud.

Nicole: I have a younger sister which can get a little frustrating. My sister might copy me, yell at me, and touch my stuff without asking. My sister is very loud and sassy towards me all the time. It's hard to do my work sometimes becuase she would be watching TV in the other room and she wouldn't make it quieter.

Maddie: My sister always wants to do something with me. If we haven't been doing anything all day, she always tries to get me to do something with her weather it's a board game, or we play outside, or we just watch YouTube together. When ever we do anything together it always brings us closer.

Nicole: My sister would sometimes want to do things with me even though she was rude to me before. She sometimes thinks that it doesn't matter that she was rude to me and I don't like that. It's hard for me to say no to her but it's hard to play with her because I'm older and it's boring for me to play dolls with her. I usually say no to her becuase I want to show her what happens when she says something rude.

Maddie and Nicole have siblings that both have good days and bad days. Even though siblings have fights and there's unfairness, we love them anyway. Even though Nicole's sister takes from her and yells at her, she loves her anyway. Even though Maddie loves her sister, she can make her very mad when they argue, but in the end, they always manage to make up and they never stay mad at each other for long.

By: Nicole and Maddie

Friday, September 9, 2016

Harvard professor agrees that wage gap is a myth

Political advisor

You've probably heard the ¢77 to the dollar statistic over a hundred times, and most of you probably believe it's true, well it's not, at least according to Harvard professer Claudia Goldman and many others. First of all, let me tell you how they got this statistic. They got all the wages of men and all the wages of women and did some simple math and got this number. So there is a couple of things wrong with this, first of all, women don't make the same choices as men and most women want to be mothers, thus changing their priorities. If a woman finds out that she is earning less then her male counterpart she can sue, as she is protected by the wage discrimination act. Women also don't negotiate as much as men. There is also that if corporations could pay women less, why wouldn't companies hire mostly women? They could save 23%. Women take lower paying jobs than men: the top ten highest paying jobs are dominated by men and the top ten lowest paying jobs are dominated by women.

Feminists might point to this fact and say that the patriarchy pushes women into lower paying jobs. This notion is insane! Women can think for themselves, and they mostly choose to go into jobs that make them happier. That's why women dominate teaching and nursing. Women also choose to be mothers, as I mentioned earlier, so they choose lower paying jobs with more flexible hours.
 Ok so maybe you've read this entire thing and still say that women get payed less. Well don't just agree with me, agree with Harvard economics Professor Claudia Goldin. As one can imagine, Goldin has come to the conclusion that I and many others have: the gap is not because of discrimination, but because of the different choices men and women make.

"Does that mean women are receiving lower pay for equal work?"
  After watching Obama's speech about pay discrimination, Professor Goldin said that "that is possibly the case in certain places, but by and large it's not that, it's something else."

Feel free to express your opinion in the comment section below. I'm really  looking forward to discussing this.

Friday, May 20, 2016

The Future of Surgery

Being operated on by a robot seems totally futuristic, but it's actually an available option right now.

Luckily, these robots do not completely take over the career of a surgeon because the surgeon controls the robot manually.

There have been some tests using the robots on pigs. Apparently, the robot actually did better with the surgery than the surgeons were able to do. 

"The purpose wasn't to replace surgeons. If you have an intelligent tool, that works with a surgeon, can it improve the outcome? That's what we have done," says Dr. Peter C.W. Kim of Children's National Health System in Washington. 

Considering that the robots can be better than surgeons, you might think that this is more popular. It actually isn't used that much in a lot of hospitals. This is because the robots will come with higher prices than a regular surgery.

Even though the quality of the robot's surgery is most often better than a surgeon's, they do take longer to operate. In one surgery, the robot made fewer stitches when suturing, but it took much longer.

This could be the future of surgery, and it's incredible how quickly technology can advance. 

  EgyptAir flight MS804 disappeared yesterday, May 19, 2016. There were 66 people total aboard. The plane was flying from Paris to Cairo overnight. It crashed over the Mediterranean Sea in the morning.  It is believed that there were only three children on board, two of which were babies.
   The pilot was Captain Mohamed Shokeir. EgyptAir said that he had 6,275 hours of flight experience. That is equal to 261.458333333 days. That's amazing. Just imagine being in a plane for almost a year.

   When the plane came down, it made two sharp turns before plummeting 25,000 feet into the sea. Egypt said that this was more likely  a terrorist act then a technical fault. The French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Aryrault said that there is "absolutely no indication" so far as to how the plane crashed.
EgyptAir flight MS804


Two Israeli divers uncovered several artifacts in the Mediterranean sea. This discovery is Israel's biggest underwater Roman-era finding in three decades (30 years)! Ran Feinstein and Ofer Ranaan came across a shipwreck near the port of Caesarea last month.

The artifacts the two men unearthed was the precious Roman-era cargo, which consists of bronze statues, lamps, jars, animal-shaped objects, anchors, and thousands of coins with images of 
Roman emperors Constantine and Licinius. 

Some of the relics date from the fourth centery, and others from the first and second century.

Dog Leaving Home To Go To Doggy Daycare

A 5 year old Golden Retriever named Riley, left his house to go to his doggy daycare all by himself. And usually, dogs hate doggy daycare. However, Riley loves to go to Happy Dog Cafe and Boutique in Belmont, North Carolina.

What had happened was on May 6, Riley had seen his dog friends at the daycare having a blast and Riley wanted to join in on the fun. So when they got home, his owner Tonia had put him outside in their backyard and put the latch on a gate. After she was gone, he opened the latch and started walking over to the daycare to go see his friends.

The owner of the daycare, Teresa McCarter,  told Tonia not to worry because one of her customers said that Riley was sitting outside of the door and waiting to be let in. He then went inside and was playing with his dog friends. Tonia was then relieved to hear that her dog was safe and she then put a lock on the gate to make sure that Riley wouldn't try to escape again.