Vacation Bound: Summer is the perfect time to get away for a relaxing vacation. Travel by car, plane, boat, train, or imagination and explore some of the fun things to do and places to visit on a vacation.
Colors and Shapes: Colors and shapes are everywhere! This theme focuses on how colors and shapes work together to make up the world around us.
Theme Based Books For Home
Mrs. Honey’s Holiday by Pam Adams
Miles Away from Home by Joan Cottle
Emma’s Vacation by David McPhail
A Spree in Paree by Catherine Stock
Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert
The Shapes of Things by Dayle Ann Dodds
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Mouse Shape by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Nursery Rhyme- There Was a Little Turtle
Yankee Doodle went to town
A-riding on a pony.
Stuck a feather in his cap
And called it macaroni.
Yankee Doodle, keep it up.
Yankee Doodle dandy.
Mind the music and the step,
And with the girls be handy
Activities for Home
Take part in or observe a variety of summer activities such as boating, fishing, biking, camping, or playing in the sprinkler. Ask your child what special activities he or she would like to take part in as a family.
Take along healthy snacks to provide more enduring energy on a family trip, instead of the highs and lows often generated by high-calorie sugary snacks. A good way to generate enthusiasm for healthy snacks is to let your child prepare her own.
To develop observation skills, look around your house with your child for different colored items. How many red objects can he find in each room? How many green items can he find outdoors?
Continue to further enhance observation skills by observing shaped items indoors and out. How many circle items can she find? How many square items? Ask your child to name a shape and then search together to find items of that shape
Help Me Review
In the summer months, we review all the letters of the alphabet, numbers 1-20, colors, and shapes.
Look for opportunities to point them out to your child in various settings.
Visit your local library with your child. If you haven’t done so already, sign your child up for her own library card. Allow her to choose several books. Make it a point to read to your child each night which will help instill a love of reading in her.
Healthy Recipe: Gorp
Ingredients: peanuts, M & M’s, raisins, oyster crackers or other small crackers
Steps: In a large bowl, mix together enough of the ingredients above so that you have about one cup of gorp for each person in your family. Place a plastic scoop or cup in the bowl. Invite your child to place a scoop of Gorp into a small zippered plastic bag for each family member.