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Child’s Name: ________________ The Families Learning Together Summer Packet SUMMER 2010 The Families Learning Together Summer Packet includes ideas to support your child’s learning for the summer. You are your child’s greatest teacher. Working together on the summer packet will support your child’s literacy and prepare them for the upcoming school year. These ideas are here to support you and your child in talking, reading, thinking, seeing the world and playing together. The interaction amongst you and your child will help them develop emergent literacy skills. Review our book selections and the activities that go along with the reading. It is a great idea to do activities both in and out of the house to help make learning fun. Choose the books and activities that you, your child, and your family would like to do. The summer packet is divided into four parts: talking, reading, activities, and a weekly calendar. There is a new theme to explore together every two weeks. The themes are the same themes children learn in preschool: Family, Friends, Wind & Water, Colors, Shadows and Things That Grow. Talking: Talking with your child will help them build vocabulary, language development, confidence, and listening skills. Through communication, we share our ideas with the world and we listen and learn from others. When you talk to your child you are supporting an important task. Reading: Reading prepares your child academically. Through reading, your child will have endless opportunities to explore the world and build literacy skills. Even twenty minutes of reading a day will encourage a love of learning. The Chicago Public Library has an extensive selection of quality children’s literature in many languages. Take advantage of your local library branch this summer. A book list is included on every calendar in the Summer Packet. This list includes books your child will read in school. Reading the same book more than once is encouraged. Activities: Children learn a lot from real world experiences. Through trying new food, seeing new sights, and smelling new smells, your child will develop vocabulary and a better understanding of the world around them. Reading and talking about these experiences is a great way to learn. When participating in “hands-on” activities along with reading, learning is even stronger. The activities included in the Summer Packet aim to make literacy a part of everyday life. Many of the activities are about the books you will read. You can do activities in and out of your house. Family field trips to museums and festivals are fun activities. Going on field trips can also be educational. While you are at the library inquire about the Free Passes to museums. There are weekly passes (if available) for the following: Adler Planetarium, Art Institute, Brookfield Zoo, Chicago Historical Society, Chicago Children’s Museum, DuSable Museum of African American History, Field Museum, Tribune McCormick Freedom Museum, Mexican Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, and Shedd Aquarium. Library passes can be found at the information desk of your local library branch. You can also call the main library number at 312-747-4300 or check out the website www.chipublib.org. Weekly activity calendars also give field trip suggestions. Each day, after your child completes the activities and/or reading, a sticker should be put on the calendar. Mark your child’s progress and praise them for all of their hard work. Remember that building literacy is not something that happens overnight. Your child is at a phase now, where many short literacy activities support development. Enjoy reading with your child this summer and try to find creative ways to show your child that literacy is a necessary part of our everyday lives. Please take a moment to write three goals for your child’s learning this summer: 1. 2. 3. May 30- June 5, 2010 FAMILY CALENDAR Put a sticker for each day you read and do an activity. Write a quick note about your work. Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday NOTES 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 Let’s talk about family! What is family? Who is in your family? Describe the people in your family. Let’s read about family: On the way to the library let your child know that you will be looking for books about family. Choose some of the books below about family: Abuela by Arthur Borros Corduroy by Don Freeman A Birthday Basket for Tia by Pat Mora Over the Meadow by Ezra Jack Keats Brothers & Sisters by Ellen B. Senisi Noisy Nora by Rosemary Wells All Kinds of Families by Norma Simon Oonga Boonga by Frieda Wishinsky Let’s do “family” activities: Read a story and identify family members within the illustrations. Ask your child to explain their answers. Have your child draw a picture of your family. Ask your child to explain the picture. Label the picture and display it proudly. Read a story and use different voices for different characters. Play with different voices and ask your child to help you come up with voices for the characters in the story. Choose a field trip this week. Ideas: McCormick Freedom Museum; Chicago Historical Society. June 6- June 12, 2010 FAMILY CALENDAR Put a sticker for each day you read and do an activity. Write a quick note about your work. Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday NOTES 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Let’s talk about family! You and your child can discuss family in many ways. What other families do you enjoy spending time with? When you are with your family, who makes you laugh? What do you like most about family? Let’s read about family: Julius, the Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes Time for Bed by Mem Fox The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter Peter’s Chair by Ezra Jack Keats A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams Nothing in the Mailbox by Carolyn Ford Let’s do “family” activities: Enjoy these hand-on activities that make your child’s learning even stronger. Look through a family photo album together. Talk about family members. Use the words: Mom, Dad, Boy, Girl, and Baby. Next, try to come up with words that rhyme. For example: Boy-Toy, Mom-Tom, etc. Rhyming helps build phonological awareness and supports your child’s early literacy skills. Sit down at the dinner table with your family and have everyone go around and name one book that they like to read. When making a meal, have your child help. Read a recipe and ask your child to identify numbers and letters that will help you cook your meal. Be sure to let your child know that their “reading” helped you cook a delicious meal! If your child is excited by reading and it is fun, rather than a chore, they will continue to love to learn how to read. Choose a field trip for the week. Ideas: DuSable Museum of African American History; Mexican Museum of Fine Arts. June 13-June 19 2010 FRIENDS CALENDAR Put a sticker for each day you read and do an activity. Write a quick note about your work. Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday NOTES 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Let’s talk about friends! Tell your child a story about you and a friend. How did you meet? What makes them special? Ask your child: What is a friend? Who are some of your friends? What do friends do together? Let’s read about friends: As children practice reading and enjoy reading activities they are on their way to independent reading. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. Dandelion by Don Freeman Four Friends in Autumn by Tomie de Paola A Letter for Amy by Ezra Jack Keats Kipper’s A to Z: An Alphabet Adventure by Mick Inkpen Hooray, a Pinata by Elisa Kleven Let’s do “friend” activities: It’s great to teach your children that lessons in books are connected to the real world. Read a book about friends to your child. Stop on a page halfway through and ask your child “I wonder what will happen next?” Talk about all of the possibilities and review them after the book is finished. When your child is playing with a friend or sibling, help them trace their hands onto a piece of paper. Ask your child to write his/her name on the top and the name of their friend. Then, together, write the word “friends.” Choose a field trip for the week. Ideas: Invite a friend to a festival or to the lakefront. June 20-June 26, 2010 FRIENDS CALENDAR Put a sticker for each day you read and do an activity. Write a quick note about your work. Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday NOTES 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Let’s talk about friends! What is the best thing about a friend? Why are friends important to you? What are five words that come to your mind when you think of a friend? Let’s read about friends: Reading and discussing what you’ve read helps build vocabulary and knowledge about the subject. Friends by Helme Heine Hush by Mingfong Ho The Leaving Morning by Angela Johnson Mathew and Tilly by Rebecca Jones A Letter for Amy by Ezra Jack Keats Golden Bear by Ruth Young Road Builders by B. G. Hennessy Me and You by Genevieve Cote Let’s do “friend” activities: Learning really “sticks” when you get excited about it and step out of books and into the world. Ask your child why friendship is important. Write down a list together. Ex.) Friendship is important because playing alone can get boring. Write and send a letter to a friend. Take out book, magazine or newspaper and ask your child to find the first letter in their name. Explain how different letters don’t always look the same. Choose a field trip for the week. Ideas: Invite a friend to the Museum of Science and Industry or Adler Planetarium. June 27-July 3, 2010 WIND AND WATER CALENDAR Put a sticker for each day you read and do an activity. Write a quick note about your work. Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday NOTES 27 28 29 30 1 2 3 Let’s talk about wind and water! Wind and water are fascinating for children. Tell your child a story about the wind, like a time you flew a kite on a windy day. Ask your child to tell you a story about water. Let’s read about wind and water: Children enjoy reading a book many times, and your child will start to memorize the words. When you point to the words that they are “reading” this is a first step toward their independent reading. Rata Pata Scata Fata by Phillis Gershator Gilberto and the Wind by Marie Hall Ets The Wind Blew by Pat Hutchins The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats The Desert is My Mother by Pat Mora One Dark Night by Hazel Hutchins Find a book at the library about wind and water. A Hat for Minerva Louise by Janet M. Stoeke Let’s do “wind and water” activities: Learning is the most fun when it feels like playing! During bath time, talk about where water comes from. Why is water important? Why should we not waste water? Put ice in a bowl and talk about how ice is made. Explain that when water gets very cold it freezes. The same thing happens outside in Chicago in the winter. Have your child draw a picture of a windy day and have him/her explain the picture. Meanwhile, write down their explanation on the picture and display it proudly. Have your child help by writing the letters and words that they know. Choose a field trip for the week. Idea: Water exhibit at Chicago Children’s Museum, Navy Pier or a nice walk at the lakefront. July 4-July 10, 2010 WIND AND WATER CALENDAR Put a sticker for each day you read and do an activity. Write a quick note about your work. Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday NOTES 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Let’s talk about wind and water! Where does wind come from? How can you tell if it is windy outside? What are some activities that can only be done in the wind? (Sailing, flying a kite, playing with pin wheels, etc.) Let’s read about wind and water: You already read to your children- give them a chance to “read” back to you- the best they can. Have them use the illustrations to tell you the story. Raindrop, Plop! By Wendy Chayette Lewison Rabbits and Raindrops by Jim Arnosky Swimmy by Leo Lionni Bringing the Rain to Kapitie Plain by Verna Aardema Jimmy’s Boa and the Big Splash Birthday Bash See How They Grow: Kitten by Jane Burton by Trinka H. Noble The Very Noisy Night by Diana Hendry On a Wintry Morning by Dori Chaconas Let’s do “wind and water” activities: Children learn a lot outside, and exercise make them stronger and builds coordination. Wind and Water both start with “W”. What else can you find around your house that starts with ”W”? On a windy day go outside and try to find as many things as you can that move in the wind. Example: Your hair, leaves, grass, etc. Water your plants or the trees outside. Why do plants need water to live? Choose a field trip for the week. Ideas: Water Activities at Chicago or Kohl’s Children’s Museum or Shedd Aquarium July 11–July 17, 2010 COLORS CALENDAR Put a sticker for each day you read and do an activity. Write a quick note about your work. Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday NOTES 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Let’s talk about colors! Colors are exciting. Talk with your child about colors. What is her/his favorite color? What colors do you see around the house? What colors are outside in nature? Let’s read about colors: Read the world around you. Identify letters and sounds on street signs, storefronts and menus. This helps your child understand that reading is something you do all day long. How is the Crayon Made? by Ox Charles Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd Where is the Green Sheep by Mem Fox The Lion and the Little Red Bird by Elisa Kleven New Shoes for Silvia by Johanna Hurwitz dear juno by Soyung Pak Color Dance by Ann Jonas Max’s Dragon Shirt by Rosemary Wells Let’s do “color” activities: Remember, even when children “pretend” to read and write they are still learning a whole lot. Encourage your child, soon enough the “pretend” will become “real”. Read about colors. Identify five colors in the story and find five matching crayons, markers or colored pencils. Write the names of the colors in the appropriate color. Learn how to say three colors in a different language. In Spanish, for example, green is verde, blue is azul and red is rojo. Write a list for the grocery store. Have your child draw pictures of the items you need and use their letters as much as they can. Be sure to take the list with you to the grocery store and refer to it often. Show your child how helpful they are. Choose a field trip for the week. Ideas: Art Institute; Gardens and Conservatory at Lincoln Park Zoo. July 18-July 24, 2010 COLORS CALENDAR Put a sticker for each day you read and do an activity. Write a quick note about your work. Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday NOTES 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Let’s talk about colors! What color are your eyes? What color is the sun? What color is the moon? What colors are in a rainbow? Let’s read about colors: If you read to your child every day you help build a great habit. New Shoes for Silvia by Johanna Hurwitz See How They Grow: Chick by Jane Burton Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh Cat’s Colors by Jane Cabrera I Went Walking by Sue Williams Chickens Aren’t the Only Ones by Ruth Heller Talk to your librarian about a great “color” book. The Tortilla Factory by Gary Paulsen Let’s do “color” activities: Read a book about colors. Make a beautiful drawing and then write the names of the colors that you used. Write 5 colors on 5 small strips of paper. Find an item in the house that matches each color and tape the strip next to it. Read a book about colors. After each page, stop and find the color words. Then point to each letter, like R- E-D. Then say “RED”! Do this for each color in the book. For example- G-R-E-E-N- “GREEN”! Write a real shopping list together. Include fruits and vegetable with different colors and write the colors. Yellow bananas…. Choose a field trip for the week. Ideas: Walk through a park or forest preserve and find 10 or more different colors in nature. July 25-July 31, 2010 THINGS THAT GROW CALENDAR Put a sticker for each day you read and do an activity. Write a quick note about your work. Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday NOTES 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Let’s talk about things that grow! Look together at a baby picture and a more recent picture of your child. You child has grown so much! How have they changed? Let’s read about things that grow: Writing about what you have read with your child after you read helps build comprehension. As Big as You by Elaine Greenstein Kids Pick the Funnies Poems by Bruce Lansky Spring by Ron Hirshi Watch Me Grow: Bear by Lisa Magloff Leo, the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss Growing Things by Dawn Sirett and Lara Tankel Let’s do “things that grow” activities: Making connections between a text and real life helps with comprehension. Read a story that has food in an illustration. Talk about how we eat certain healthy foods to help us grow big and strong. Read books about things that grow. Look outside and write a list of things you see in nature that grow. Read a book about a character that your child knows well. Ask your child what he/she thinks the character would be like in real life? What food would they like? Are they funny? Are they nice? Would they be fun to play with? Choose a field trip. Ideas: Garfield Park Conservatory; Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum AUGUST 1-August 7, 2010 THINGS THAT GROW CALENDAR Put a sticker for each day you read and do an activity. Write a quick note about your work. Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday NOTES 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Let’s talk about things that grow! Drawing is a good way to start talking about something. Draw a picture of a tree and then ask your child to do the same. Then draw more pictures of things that grow and talk about the drawings. Let’s read about things that grow: I Heard Said the Bird by Polly Berend Animals Born Alive and Well by Ruth Heller See How They Grow: Duck by Jane Burton The Ugly Vegetable by Grace Lin Just Enough by Teri Daniels Watch Me Grow: Bear by Lisa Magloff Spring by Ron Hirshi Write a little book about things that grow Let’s do “things that grow” activities: Grow something! Place a plant cutting in water in a clear cup or bottle and watch the roots grow, or plant a seed in a garden or pot. Talk about how plants grow. Water the plant often and have your child monitor the growth. With your child, draw pictures of fruit. Ask your child to guess what the picture is, and then write the name of the fruit together. Talk about the first letter of each word as you point to it- banana starts with “b”, apple starts with “a” etc. Choose a field trip for the week. Idea: Walk through a park and find 10 things that grow; visit a weekly farmers market. August 8-14, 2010 SHADOWS CALENDAR Put a sticker for each day you read and do an activity. Write a quick note about your work. Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday NOTES 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Let’s talk about shadows! Shadows are interesting and fun, but can be hard to understand. How are they caused? Look outside- do you see any shadows? What is a shadow? Let’s read about shadows: Modeling for your children is a great way that they learn. It is important that they see you reading books and magazines, and writing grocery lists and letters, etc. Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown Dreams by Ezra Jack Keats Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner Oh, Look! by Patricia Polacco Play with Me by Marie Hall Ets This Little Light of Mine by Reg Sandland Kittens’ First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes Fun with Shadows by Sharon & Jeff Siamon & Cynthia Benjamin Let’s do “shadow” activities: When you read about something and then go outside and touch and smell nature and hear sounds, learning is fun and wonderful. Look outside (while sunny) and find shadows on the ground and on buildings etc. Talk about what you see. Also, go outside and touch the shadows, and walk on them too. Read a shadow book. Find all the shadows in the pictures and talk about what you see. Choose your favorite “shadows” book and read it to your family before bedtime. Choose a field trip for the week. Idea: Museum of Contemporary Art; Trip to the Beach.
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