Summer Update July 2020
Summer is in full swing and we are having a great time teaching and learning with our students! This month we are celebrating Independence Day and campers are jumping into action, playing games, exploring nature, being creative, and participating in other fun summer-themed activities. We can’t wait to see what the rest of the summer holds for us.
This summer is a great time to explore Idaho! Since we are all limited in our travel many families are spending more time in our own state. My family went up and explored Deadwood Reservoir over Father’s Day weekend. We made a day trip out of it rather than a long stay. The drive was beautiful and a great time to unplug and talk with our children. We brought along a picnic, the kids played in the water, my husband fished, and I kicked back alternating playing with the kids and reading a book. While we did not come back with any fish, the day trip and time with family was a great reset for all of us. We are already planning to explore another part of Idaho we have not played in! If your family has an idea to help us enjoy the summer or a great place to visit, let us know so we can share! I wish everyone a great July staying happy and healthy!
Independence Day Celebrations
Each classroom is making festive artwork for July 4th. Please send your child to school in red, white and blue on July 2 for our Independence Day party. We will share lots of photos in Links 2 Home! Reminder we are closed on July 3 in Observance of Independence Day. Have a great long weekend!
Summer Camp Reminders
Campers should with sunscreen already applied. Water Play days in July are the 9th and 21st. Please have campers wear swimwear to school and bring a labeled towel and dry clothing. Campers should have a long sleeve shirt or rash guard and water shoes.
July 2—Independence Day party
July 3rd—CLOSED FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY
July 9 & 21—Water Play Day
Patriotic Berry Explosion
Graham Cracker Layer
- 1 `cup graham cracker crumbs
- 8 ounce package cream cheese , can sub low-fat
- 1 cup whipping cream whipped (makes 2 cups) or 1- 8 ounce container whipped topping
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar or sugar , can use alternative equivalent
- 2 – 3 cups slices strawberries
- 2 cups blackberries or blueberries
- Place 2-3 tablespoons of Graham Cracker Crumbs into each glass or jar (6 total). Set aside. Combine your cheesecake filling ingredients in a mixing bowl and blend together. Spoon into a large Ziplock bag and snip a 1-2-inch hole and pipe cheesecake into each of the glasses evenly. Layer your fruit on top of the cheesecake mix in each jar to your liking. Refrigerate.
Summer Fun Ideas
Below are a few ideas to help your child stay connected with friends while staying safe during the current pandemic.
- Neighborhood Scavenger Hunts
Scavenger hunts are fun for children of all ages. Provide them with a picture list of items to find in your neighborhood (i.e., a red stop sign, a yellow flower, a black car). Younger children can practice identifying colors while older children may be able to identify numbers or letters on signs or houses. Tailor the items based on the children’s age level. Have the children take turns to ensure social distancing.
Invite another family to join you for a yummy picnic lunch. Bring your own food and blanket and enjoy a nice day outdoors. Consider meeting in your backyard instead of a popular park to limit exposure to large crowds.
- Riding Bikes or Scooters
Riding bikes or scooters is a great way to get fresh air and stay active. In your driveway, create two lanes six feet apart and encourage your child and his friend to see who can get to the end first. For older children, set up an obstacle course for a greater challenge.
- Outdoor Craft Projects
Drawing with chalk, making slime, and painting on easels, are fun ways for children to be creative and engaged together. Encourage the children to describe what they created using color, size and shape vocabulary.
- Bubble Machine Party
Bubble machines are a great way for children to play without needing to have physical contact. Invite a few friends over and turn on the bubble machine and some music. Your child will love dancing around and popping bubbles with his friends.