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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Much Ado about Summer

Summers are made for fun, learning activities! Whether attending summer camps, going to library events, or visiting museums, education in the summer takes a hands-on approach. For example, the Houston Children's Museum hosted Super Hero Day, and kids made their own super hero capes. The local colleges, such as UHCL's Kids U, offer nature adventures, poetry writing, and robotics, to name a few, while city parks give swim lessons and outdoor hiking excursions. Many activities are free, and for those that require registration and supplies fees there are often scholarships available.

My kids stayed busy with baseball, Boy Scouts, library programs, and vacation bible schools in the summer months. In fact, they would probably say they were "too busy" and would have preferred to sleep in more often than allowed. But, summer was enrichment program time!  

(Photo by Mark Pierce)            
                                           Oklahoma's abundance of parks
contributed to perfect outdoor learning environments. We camped, hiked, fished, and swam on an almost daily basis. We jet-skied and water-skied on man-made lakes, such as Arbuckle, Murray, or Texhoma. On weekends, we packed picnic items and trekked to Turner Falls or Chickasaw National Park. After we plunged from the rocks of Lil' Niagara into the ice cold water, our limbs turned purplish-blue. Then, we climbed onto the banks and shivered in the warm sunlight as we waited to jump again and again into the clear, blue, spring water. We observed nature at its finest during Oklahoma summers.  

Taking learning outside classroom walls is refreshing for everyone. There is so much to experience, learn, and watch--digging for worms, exploring caves, hiking along trails, walking through forests... Outdoors brings learning alive, and summer is made for fun, learning activities!

Fun, learning activities for summer: 

Top Ten Kid Movies to Decipher 


Wacky Wayne's I-Spy 

 If I was President

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Time for Father's Day Fun

It seems like Father's Day arrived quickly! When I was a child, my dad used to say, "Just wait until you get older then time will really fly...", and, of course, Dad was right. Looking back, where did the time go? Once again, it's Father's Day--time to honor Dad.

With care, cards are chosen, dinners are planned, and gifts are mulled over. A humorous or sentimental card? Dinner in or out? Homemade or bought gift? many decisions. What do dads remember the most about Father's Day? 

Remember making bird feeders, clay pots, colorful cards, and more for Father's Day? Since the holiday falls after most public schools have let out for summer, it's left to caregivers, moms, siblings, and relatives to help little ones come up with Father's Day memorabilia. Here's some Father's Day activities to help make the holiday a festive one:

Father's Day Cards: 30 Make and Give Activities

Father's Day Activities for Elementary Grades (right click to save):

More Father's Day activities at Educator Helper!