SUMMER! Swimming Pools and Ice Cream

Summer is a fantastic time of year! Lots of warmth and sunshine, swimming pools, ice cream, & beach days. What fun we can have during the summer.  Some kids are out of school for the whole summer, but we will be here all summer long! Join us for some great summer lessons and activities.


Summer is the warmest part of the year. The days are longer than in the winter, too. That means more time for playing outside! Summer comes after Spring and before Fall. The holidays Memorial Day, Father's Day and Independence Day fall during the Summer. Well, technically not really, since Summer doesn't actually begin until June 21. Summer weather begins pretty early down south, so that is what we are going by around here! Discuss the types of activities the kids like to participate in during the Summer! Talk about things that make them think about summer!


Q is a very special letter! Q will always be with his best friend, U. Put the book together and review the sound that Qu makes!


On it's time to move on to the LONG vowel sounds! This week do the Long A lesson and story

On also work on the long A sound, which is usually made by adding an E to the end of a word


Index Card Book:  Create a fun flip book using some spiral bound index cards. Cut the left 3rd of each card so that it will flip independently of the rest of the cards. Write each letter of the alphabet individually on the left cards. We will use the right portion for the sounds we are working on this week. For this week's lesson, write ane and ake on the right side. When you flip the single letters on the left, it will create new words! Work on the words, Cane, Lane, Mane, Pane, Vane, Bake, Cake, Fake, Lake, Make, Rake, Sake, Take and Wake this week!


How Hot is the Sun?

Summer is known for being hot! We all dress in shorts, eat ice cream, and hang out in swimming pools to keep cool. So how hot is the summer sun? Here are some experiments we can do to find out!

Materials Needed:
Ice Cubes

Make sure you pick a hot day with minimal clouds for this experiment. Talk about the sun. The sun is a big, bright star in space. The sun is where our heat and light comes from. When the sun is down at night, the temperatures are cooler. When the sun is up during the day, it is hot.

Different materials can melt because of heat. Allow the kids to touch an ice cube. Its very cold, because it is water that is frozen. If the ice cube gets hot, it will melt and become water again. Set an ice cube in a bowl on the table while you are talking. Check back on it in a few minutes to see what has happened to it.

Marshmallows can also melt in heat. Set a couple out on the table and keep an eye on them. They do not change.

Crayons can melt in the heat as well. Place a few on the table to see what happens.

Now go outside. As soon as you walk outside you should feel the difference in the temperature (especially down here in South Texas!). The sun has made it hot outside. What do you think will happen if we put an ice cube on the ground in the sun?  Try it and see if they are right.

Place a few marshmallows on a piece of foil and also a crayon on a piece of foil in the sun. Find out what they think will happen to these items if we leave them in the sun.  Let the kids run around a play for a little while, then bring them back to find out what happened to each of the items. The sun heated the items up, and caused them to melt. They should at least be soft and gooey.

For extra fun, allow the kids to color using the melty crayons! It will be a new experience for them and give them a tactile understanding of what the heat of the sun can do.


Shell Hunt

Fill a bucket or tub with sand. Place shells throughout the bucket, buried in the sand. Allow the kids to dig for the shells (as if on a beach) and pull them out. Once they have pulled all the shells out of the sand, count them up to see how many they found.

Ice Cream Cone Patterning

Use these fun patterns from! Print the pattern cards and cut out felt or foam copies. Give the kids a pattern card and the cut outs and ask them to copy the pattern on their cards.


Water Fun Day!

There is nothing better for young kiddos. Pick a sunny day and have the kids come to school in their swim suits with shorts over top. Plan to spend most of the day playing in the water! Provide several different stations for them to explore such as a kiddie pool with some pool toys, a sprinkler to run through, big sponges in a bucket to squeeze, water guns or water balloons, sidewalk water painting, etc. You could have a car washing station for toy cars, buckets to pour water into, lots of different things to float in the water, nets to catch things in.  You could even create a waterfall by attaching different sized funnels, tubes, and bottles to a board and showing the kids how to pour water into the top to watch it flow down into a pool! You can easily make your play yard like a little water park! Just make sure to put plenty of sunscreen on the kiddos before and during their time in the sun. Sunglasses and hats are also recommended!

PS - request the parents bring a full change of clothes for them. They are going to need to get dried off at some point!


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ART - Summer Picture Collage

Collect pictures from the internet or magazines that are images of summer. Cut them out and place them on the art table. Provide a large piece of construction paper and glue sticks for the kiddos and ask them to make a picture of all their favorite things about summer.
Once they have completed their pictures, talk about the things they chose and why!

CRAFT - Paper Plate Watermelon Slices

Materials Needed:
Paper Plates
Green Paint or Colors
Red Paint or Colors
Black foam cut into seed shapes

Cut the paper plates in half to form semi-circles. If your kiddos can use scissors, have them do it. Show them a picture of a watermelon slice and ask them to make one of their own.


What Doesn't Belong?

You can do this fun summer themed worksheet from


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 This is a fun story about all the fun you can have during the summer!

All about the summer's hot days!


Summer's Here
to the tune of "Are you sleeping"

Days are longer, sunshine's stronger
Summer's here, summer's here!
Let's jump through the sprinkler, let's make lemonade
Summer's here, summer's here.


Lemonade & Watermelon

What could be better? These are 2 things that are perfect in the summer!

6-8 fresh lemons
1 cup sugar
6 cups cold water

Juice the lemons. This can be a fun activity for the kids to do. To get the most juice out of the fruit, press and roll the lemons on a hard surface before cutting. This will also make it easier for little hands to squeeze! Pour the juice into a bowl and add the sugar. Stir until the sugar crystals disappear. Add the water. Easy as that! Fresh lemonade.

Provide slices of watermelon without the rind. Give the kids plastic butter knives and allow them to cut pieces off as needed.

You can use seedless watermelon if you are concerned with a choking hazard.

What a refreshing summer snack!

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