Summer

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  • ‘Marshmallow Kisses’ Unit Book by Linda Crotta Brennan Picnics and lemonade ….. Blanket forts ….. Beach balls and sand castles …… ‘Marshmallow Kisses’ brings these great summer memories back to us! Infants, toddlers and preschool children are all developing memories of the events and activities they experience every day. This memory development helps in their cognitive growth and development. As children develop memories, they become more conscious of things around them, helping them to acquire knowledge of their world, and to become who they are. “When you put together all these different modes of remembering -- intellectual, practical, and autobiographical -- the awesome role that memory plays in our lives becomes apparent. We are who we are largely because of what we can remember.” http://www.parenting.com/article/developing-your-childs-memory Reading this book can help create and trigger memories, as do the activities included in the Unit. Through hands-on activities, children: • Create stories of their summer memories • Use common summer items to practice counting sets and complete easy numerical equations • Make Styrofoam prints of summer memories   The early years in a child’s life are the perfect years for creating lasting memories!
  • Ice Cream!

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    Chocolate, vanilla and strawberry piled up high ….. Dripping down the side of the cone ….. A cool treat on a hot summer’s day ….. Ice cream can bring a smile to most faces, and it is a great antidote for the blues! Almost everyone loves ice cream! Not only is ice cream great to eat, a lot of knowledge can be acquired by exploring the science behind how ice cream is made, and the social systems aspect of where the raw ingredients come from. Children will also have fun making an ‘ice cream sundae’ from art materials. Through hands-on activities, children will use all of their senses to explore ice cream: • Participate in a flannel board story of Five Ice Cream Cones • Create a group mural after listening to the story Milk to Ice Cream by Julie Murray • Sculpt an ‘ice cream sundae’ using air dry clay and puffy paint • Make Kick the Can ice cream Children will love exploring how they can make ice cream on paper, use cones and scoops of ice cream in a game, and make a yummy-to-eat ice cream treat!
  • Iridescent shimmering scales….. Light and graceful feathers ….. Creatures of the sky and water …. Birds and fish have remarkable, protective coverings of their skin. There are so many things to do with fish and birds that can spark a child’s curiosity and desire to learn more. The more children understand about the world in which they live, the more likely it is that they will care for and respect all of the Earth’s living creatures and magnificence. Children explore the world of birds and fish through hands-on activities: • Practice counting ‘goldfish’, while having a snack too! • Categorize animals by differentiating between ‘feathered’ and ‘scaled’ animals • Explore how blowing can move a feather or keep it up in the air Feathers and scales add vibrant color to our world; birds and fish add graceful movement. Hopefully, children are inspired by these interesting creatures to design, create and invent.
  • Digging in soft garden soil ... Carefully planting the seeds ... Watering, weeding and watching ... Ah, finally after many weeks of caring for the garden, fresh vegetables! There is nothing more rewarding (or better tasting!) than fresh vegetables from the garden you have planted and taken care of! Children learn so many things from having their own garden. They gain a sense of accomplishment and pride; they learn about how plants grow through careful tending; and they learn how wonderful fresh vegetables taste (hopefully they will taste what they grow!). Children actively explore vegetables in this Unit through:
    • Learning about different vegetables through language activities
    • Tasting a variety of vegetables in the New One A Day challenge
    • Create their own vegetable garden in the Cement Block Veggie Garden activities
    Growing your own vegetables is an activity that provides hours of fun (and work!) for everyone - all ages, all abilities!
  • Summer

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    Sunny days and bright blue skies ... Gentle winds and warm summer rains ... Shady trees and a picnic lunch ... A summer filled with these things provides hours of great outdoor fun. Summer is a great time to get outside to explore and run off some energy. Spending large amounts of time outside in the fresh air will help children be able to better concentrate and listen when they come indoors (hopefully!) Children can experience the joys of summer through these hands-on activities:
    • Reading about and listing all the fun things that can be done during the summer
    • Exploring how the sun be used to tell time
    • Examining a lemon and use it for a citrus-y scented picture
    • Practicing throwing while cooling off in the sprinkler
    Summer usually goes by way too quickly. Enjoy the sunny days while you can, and maybe remember some of these ideas to bring inside when the weather turns cooler!
  • Farm Animals

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    The low of cows ... The baa of sheep ... Neighing horses, and clucking hens ... These are the sounds of farm animals most children love to make! The farm is a fascinating place to children. It has so many animals to look at and imitate. Identifying animals and making the appropriate sounds are some of the first language responses young children develop. Children love to imitate the animals they see. Through hands-on activities, children:
    • Practice counting and matching colors in the 'Counting Sheep' activity
    • Exercise their muscles with the Chicken Dance
    • Enjoy making a yummy 'horsey' snack
    Farms and farm animals are a mainstay of our economy and world. Help children to explore the many animals that live on the farm!
  • Caterpillars

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    Green and chubby ... Poky spikes ... Brown and fuzzy ... Caterpillars come in all different colors, shapes and forms, and children love to collect them! Caterpillars provide a very close-up examination of the small creatures that live in our world. Children can study small eco-systems by catching a caterpillar and setting up an environment for it, complete with the correct food, water and a branch. If you are lucky, the caterpillar may spin a cocoon or turn into a chrysalis - wait a few weeks and you may hatch a moth or butterfly! Through hands-on activities in this Unit, children:
    • Discover the difference between cocoons and chrysalises
    • Use a special 'inchworm' ruler to measure various items
    • Practice fine motor skills by making a button caterpillar
    Explore caterpillars with your children and re-discover the joys of childhood.
  • Under the Sea

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    Children are very inquisitive about the world they live in, and love learning about different animals that live in the world with them.  Helping children see the beauty in the world that surrounds them nurtures a love of the environment, and everything that inhabits it. Hopefully this will instill in children a desire to take care of all the creatures that share the earth with them. There are so many different creatures to explore in an Under the Sea Unit of Study.  Through this Unit we explore only a few animals but children should be encouraged to discover others. Through hands-on activities, children:
    • Discover the beauty of a coral reef through sculpting coral
    • Investigate the differences in the many types of sea shells
    • Use colored sand to write their names
    • Explore the many creatures living in the sea through reading books
    Spend some time ‘Under the Sea’ to see what creatures live and play there! More sea and ocean ideas are available in the Wet & Wild Unit of Study
  • Children are growing, developing, and challenging what their bodies can do every day!  The Summer Olympics provide a great example of how dedicated athletes come together with athletes from all over the world to celebrate their hard work and achievements.  This can be a great time for children to think about their own physical fitness skills, and set goals to work towards fulfilling. Being physically fit is a goal we have for life-long success.  Through hands-on activities, children:
    • Learn about the Olympics and the dedication it takes to be an Olympic athlete
    • Use various tools to measure, weigh and time objects and activities
    • Participate in their own Olympic Games complete with an Olympic Parade
    Strengthening our body’s core, and developing stamina, balance and coordination will help children be physically fit for success in school and social interactions with friends.  As children get older, it becomes more and more important for them to feel confident in their physical appearance and body fitness.
  • Going Buggy

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    Children may love bugs OR be deathly afraid of them… their reaction can be a learned attitude based on how the adults in their lives feel about bugs.  Bugs are a great ‘science project’ because they are small, easy to find and inexpensive (they are EVERYWHERE!), and provide a hands-on scientific investigation activity when used with magnifying glasses. Learning about bugs helps children to understand their world, and appreciate the environment.  Through hands-on activities, children:
    • Practice counting and matching numerals
    • Use scientific observation techniques to inspect bugs
    • Develop large motor skills through ‘flying, jumping, and crawling’ like bugs
    • Create beautiful music with their ‘bug’ wood & sand blocks
    Bugs are everywhere.  Embrace them and turn them into your living science center! Just sit back and watch the fun, excitement and learning that is taking place with your children. NOTE: Combine this Unit with the Bugs Unit of Study (can be purchased in the Store) for a full month of buggy fun!
  • Fun in the Sun Unit of Study Highlights Lazy days of summer spent outdoors ….. Families and friends getting together ….. Beach games and water fights ….. Most of us have great memories of long summer days, playing with our friends, and only coming in when our mom’s called us for lunch. Children of today may not spend as many hours freely exploring outside as we did.  There are so many reasons for this – parents away at work all day, the lure of computer and video games, and society’s need for children to be closely supervised by a trusting adult.  Early childhood education and care programs can still provide hours of ‘fun in the sun’ activities to bring those lazy days of summer back into the lives of children. Summer fun creates lasting memories for children.  Through hands-on activities, children:
    • Discover the power of the sun through great experiments
    • Create a ‘sun beam’ wand to use in dance and movement activities
    • Play a game of bowling using a beach ball
    • Make paper sun visors and flip flops
    Summer fun and children naturally go hand in hand.  Become a child again yourself and find the ‘fun in the sun’!
  • Turtles

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    Slow and steady ….. Land and water ….. Tucked in tight …… All of the above can be used to describe tortoises and turtles. Through continuing to learn about the creatures in our world, children develop a sense of community and respect for all living creatures.  This is a good thing for our world!