Dairy Days: Ice cream, milk, yogurt, and cheese — learn where all these yummy dairy treats come from. Information about dairy products and the animals that produce them will be shared to celebrate Dairy Month.
Pond Life: Dive in and explore the pond! Discover animals and creatures that live in or near these small bodies of water, and learn about the plants that grow in the boggy area.
Theme Based Books For Home
The Good Humor Man by Kathleen N. Daly
Thanks to Cows by Allan Fowler
The Milk Makers by Gail Gibbons
Would You Rather Be a Pollywog? by Bonnie Worth
Life in the Pond by Craig Hammersmith
Water Can Be... by Laura Purdie Salas
Nursery Rhyme- There Was a Little Turtle
There was a little turtle, he lived in a box.
He swam in a puddle; he climbed on the rocks.
He snapped at a mosquito; he snapped at a flea.
He snapped at a minnow, and he snapped at me.
He caught the mosquito; he caught the flea.
He caught the minnow, but he didn’t catch me.
Activities for Home
Help your child build strong bones and muscles by making sure she has plenty of dairy in her diet. Start the day off with a bowl of her favorite cereal and a cup of milk. Munch on sticks of string cheese and low-fat yogurt for snacks.
Take a quick inventory of your refrigerator with your child. What are some of the dairy products that your family uses? Point out the different dairy products served in your meals, also.
Set healthy examples for your family. Reduce TV watching and increase active play. Plan fun activities with your child(ren). Go on a family bike ride or walk. Walk to a local park and play or go on a hike.
The first day of summer is June 21. Celebrate the season with a picnic lunch or dinner (don’t forget the fruit and vegetables!) outdoors. Lay out a blanket in your own backyard or set up a spot in a neighborhood park. Enjoy the warm weather and sights that the summer season has to offer.
Help Me Review
In the summer months, we review all the letters of the alphabet, numbers 1-20, colors, and shapes.
Read alphabet and number books to your child to reinforce this review.
Practice counting items around the house
Sing “The Alphabet Song” with your child as you go about your day.
Name colors and shapes as you see them outdoors while enjoying summertime activities.
Healthy Recipe: Cheese Ball with Crackers
Ingredients: 8 oz. softened cream cheese, 1/2 pkg. dry ranch dressing mix, 6 oz. shredded cheddar cheese, 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup milk
Steps: Invite your child to help you mix cream cheese, ranch dressing mix, cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, and milk. Form into a ball. Chill for two hours or place in the freezer for 1/2 hour before serving. Serve with a variety of different crackers.