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8 Picture Books to Enjoy in the Summer Sun

8 Picture Books to Enjoy in the Summer Sun

Pin It   Last year we shared five of our favorite picture books about summer and here are three more summer children’s books to add to our list: Pin It Summer’s Vacation, by Lynn Plourde: Summer is personified as a carefree young girl in this modern legend. In the illustrations, she has the tan, breezy-barefoot look of a girl enjoying summer to its fullest. However, there is a lesson about responsibility entwined in the story. When Summer plays too … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-3 (Babies and Toddlers), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergartners), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Featured, Summer

Weave In the Sun: How to Make a “God’s Eye” Sun

Weave In the Sun: How to Make a “God’s Eye” Sun

June is here and summer is on its way! We are welcoming the reign of the sun with this modified “God’s Eye” or Ojo de Dios. A “God’s Eye”, as former summer-campers know, is a weaving done with yarn on sticks. Thought to have originated with the Huichol Indians of Jalisco, Mexico, who call it Sikuli, the traditional God’s Eye represents “the power to see and understand things unknown”. Instead of four branches, which represent the four … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Featured, History and Culture, Science

The Sun, Earth, and Moon

The Sun, Earth, and Moon

Pin It I do a brief demonstration with my kids of how the earth rotates on its axis to create night and day, how the Earth orbits the sun over the course of the year, and how the moon orbits the Earth, creating the phases of the moon. Pin It My youngest son got to be the Sun, since babies are at the center of attention and he did not need to move for this role. Sometimes, I use … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Bodily-kinesthetic, Featured, Science, Smart Summer Challenge, Visual-Spacial

Let the Sun Shine In!

Let the Sun Shine In!

The solstice was yesterday but traditionally Midsummer was celebrated on June 24 and we’re spending the whole week welcoming the summer. Pin It We made a hand print sun for our window.  I have this great paper that is thicker than tissue paper but more translucent than construction paper.  We love it because it is thin enough to glow in our windows but sturdy enough to survive toddler and preschooler handling. This is a simple way to welcome … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), Featured, Science, Summer, Weather

Weaving the Sun

Weaving the Sun

Today is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. We have the most hours of sunlight and the fewest of darkness. Today marks the first day of summer for the Western calendar. For ancient people, this was midsummer (as in A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and St. John’s Day and was celebrated on June 24th. Summer began on May Day. Today we welcome the sun as our hemisphere tilts … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Featured, History and Culture, Home Arts, Science, Summer, Visual-Spacial, Weather