Indoor Exercise- NYC Rec Centers

Stay fit through the winter!

Winter in NYC can be difficult. It’s cold. There’s very little sun. Everyone wants to stay inside, and it can be challenging to stay in shape while we stay indoors. But did you know that NYC has recreational centers (rec centers) where you can exercise? Some even have a pool and fitness classes!

A rec center is a building that is open to the public where meetings are held, sports are played, and there are activities available for young and old. Joining a rec center is an excellent opportunity to stay healthy indoors through the winter, make friends, and learn about your community!

The NYC rec centers try their best to be affordable and convenient. An adult membership for one year is only $150 for adults! Considering that most pools in NYC are about $100 a month, this is an excellent price.

Check out the website below and click on locations to find the closest rec center to your home or job!

Recreation Center Membership : NYC Parks (

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Family Members Revisited

Here’s another story from Class 1B’s descriptions of one of their family members. When you’re finished, take the quiz to test your understanding!

Joyce Wu

My Mother-in-Law

My mother-in-law’s name is Qing Yan Wu. She’s 61 years old. She was born in Taishan, Guangdong, China.  She came to the United States in 2003.

My mother-in-law is a housekeeper. She works at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut. Her work is from 4 pm to 12 am. She has worked there for about eleven years. She likes her job because it is not very hard and the employee benefits are good.

She has a daughter and a son. Her daughter’s name is Chun Xia Ruan and her son’s name is Li Ming Ruan. They’re both married. So I am the daughter-in-law. I live with her son and her grandson in Brooklyn. Her daughter still lives in Connecticut.

My mother-in-law lives with her daughter, but she comes back to Brooklyn and stays with us when she has days off. She rests on Wednesdays and Thursdays. She takes a casino bus from Connecticut to Brooklyn for about three hours. She got married to my father-in-law in 1974. They both work at the casino.

My mother-in-law is average height and average weight. She has short black hair.

My mother–in-law is very friendly and polite. She’s a very good mother, wife, grandmother, and mother-in-law. She’s responsible and honest. She likes to cook and watch TV. She cooks every day. She also likes to work in her yard. She planted some vegetables, fruit, and flowers in it.

My mother-in-law is healthy. She eats a lot of fruit and vegetables. And she exercises twice a week. In her free time, she likes to stay in bed and take a nap, because she has a backache.

“I like New York. When I am retired, I want to live in New York!” She said. Why? Because her family and many friends are here. And also going shopping and going to the doctor are very convenient.


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You Are Getting to a Ripe Old Age If You Miss Old Times

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Here’s another story from Changing Every Day. When you finish reading, take the quiz to test your understanding!:

My Brother

Liang Yang

Currently, I have started having memories from the past. One of my friends said, “You are getting to a ripe old age if you miss old times.” One day, I was sitting on the couch and looking at the photos on the wall. There was a picture that drew my attention. In the picture, my brother and I are sitting in the desert back to back.

He is in now in England. He has been there for 11 years. He has a PhD, and he is working for a university. He likes traveling, and he has already visited a great number of different places in Europe. I think of how his real life comes from his personality and early education. My brother not only shares his goals and dreams, but also believes in himself and the ability to achieve them.

He was number one all the time in school. When we were in the same school, I was proud of him. Most of my classmates thought I had no problems with my homework because my brother could teach me at home, but he only shared his study methods with girls in his class, not me.

I didn’t interrupt him unless I got homework that I couldn’t handle alone. Once I approached his room and knocked at his door lightly, while he was thinking. When he opened it, I wasn’t delighted to see the impatient look on his face, but I knew there was nothing more important than homework. So instead of caring about his attitude, I put my homework on his desk and looked at him.

“Can you tell me how to do this?” I said. “I don’t know the process.”

He looked at me, but he shook his head. “Did you daydream during the whole 45-minute class?” he asked, in a superior tone.

I quickly stood up. This could be embarrassing. It could hurt my feelings and make me lose self-confidence. I saw he helped his female classmates in a friendly and courteous way. I felt that it was better not to be his sister. So at that moment, I spoke up.

“Listen, clever student! I admit my worst subject in school is mathematics. I don’t understand it as well as other subjects. Furthermore, it is hard for me to see the relevance of math in my life. But I think I could have been good in math if my brother had taken more time to explain it to me. But you . . . you . . . let me down!”

Then I took a deep breath and continued to be unconvinced. “Even if I don’t beat you, I know I have studied well if I have improved on my own.” I said this while I was slamming the door.

He was uncommunicative.

I remember that when my brother and I would get into a quarrel, my mom would always try to remain neutral. At the dinner table, as always, she instructed us in our relationship, and we became reconciled again.

One morning my brother and I were on our way to school. It was a warm spring day with the sun shining bright. But it was getting chilly by the time all students started for morning exercises outdoors. What a wonderful day, I thought. I walked back to the classroom where the school video was transmitting the good composition work of students. One of my brother’s essays was chosen. “Oh, no,” I whispered. The name of it was “My Special Sister.” The next four or five minutes were the longest I ever spent at that age. My face got hot as I bit my lip.

“My sister sometimes is lazy. She ignores when she makes things dirty and disorganized.”

I looked around when I heard that, slapping my pockets nervously.

“My sister has a round, red, cute face like an apple. When you see her happy face you just want to pinch her chubby cheeks.”

I was putting my hand over my eyes and saying, “Please, that’s enough” in a low voice.

When we both got home, I pretended not to see him. He slumped down beside me. “I didn’t mean it like that, Liang. Did you hear that I wrote more about your advantages than your shortcomings?”

“But you can’t let everyone know them in public,” I responded, and almost burst into tears.

“I couldn’t stop my teacher from picking this article!” he said, as if complaining of an injustice. Meanwhile, I leaned my head against him, and we tolerated each other until we went to sleep.

Childhood with him was a lot of fun. We were always together playing and exercising. Even though we fought and strived for favor with our parents, we both knew that “blood is thicker than water.” That means that “family ties are closer than social relations,” according to my mom.

As we grew up and got to be older, we still kept good memories of being little. Now we both have families of our own.


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My Family

One of our evening classes, E2, recently wrote about their families. E2 is taught by Evelyn, and they usually have class in the Computer Lab. Below you can read one essay by Su Ling Zeng, and you can read more by clicking here.

Incredibles. 1

Su Ling Zeng

Class E2


My mother is Ping Qin. She is 69 years old. She has short hair and brown eyes. Her hair is a little gray. She doesn’t look like an old person. She is vital. She likes to do exercise every day. She is outgoing, warm-hearted and kind. So, my mother looks young.

My mother was born in China. She grew up in a village. She raised us very hard. She always tells us, “You should be an honest and hard-working person. If someone needs help, you should help them first.” My mother likes to cook. When she cooks good food, she will share the food with neighbors, and she likes to help others. For example, my mother’s neighbor had a baby last year. Nobody could take care of her older daughter. She knocked on the door and asked my mother. My mother said, “Don’t worry, I’ll take care of your daughter.” That time it was at 3 am!

My mother always tells us, “You should unite together. The family will be warm and affectionate.” When my mother calls us to discuss something, my sister, two brothers and I will come to my mother’s home very quickly. We visit my mother once a week at least.

My mother is retired now, but she is very busy every day. She helps me to take care of my two kids. She lives in Chinatown. She likes to eat Chinese food. Chinatown has a lot of Chinese culture. She loves it. She likes to watch Chinese shows. Sometimes, I like to go there to watch Chinese shows with my mother. I don’t feel she is my mother. I feel she is my close friend. My mother is a great mother. I will love my mother forever.

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read, read, read


We all know reading is important. It is also very important for children to learn and enjoy reading and for parents to spend time reading with their children. Reading to your children helps build a better relationship, improve their education and academic performance (grades), and many other reasons. You can read a short list of some of the benefits of reading HERE and HERE.

To help you spend more time reading with your children we are sharing a list of some of the most popular children’s books. Some of these you may know, some of them may be new, but all of them are valuable and worth reading.


You can get most of these books cheap if you buy them used on Even better, you can get them for free at your local library.

Let us know if you know any of these books or have any suggestions of your own. Share in the comments section.

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