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Summer Learning with The Lorax

Weekly Trip to the Library: The Lorax by Dr. Suess Over 40-years ago Dr. Seuss published The Lorax . In his search to find a real Truffula Tree a boy must find the Lorax who is a forest guardian who speaks for the trees and protects the forest. The Lorax tries to save the environment […]

Summer Learning with Toad and Frog

Review of Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel What’s better than inspiring children’s curiosity? One way to do that is to read a children’s book to your charge then continue doing activities inspired by the book. Today, we hope our Weekly Trip to the Library for nannies and au pairs will inspire child […]

Summer Learning with Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

Weekly Trip to the Library for Nannies and Au Pairs Read Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. This story describes a day in which everything goes wrong for a boy named Alexander. When Alexander got up in the morning, he found gum in his hair, tripped on his skateboard, and accidentally […]

Summer Learning: Phonics Flower

Wednesdays with Whitney I’m not sure when or where I first learned to make phonics flowers but I started making them for the kids in my care in 1993. The goal of phonics is to enable beginning readers to decode new written words by sounding them out. Phonemic awareness helps children hear, identify, and manipulate […]

Summer Learning: Africa, Anansi the Spider and the Ashanti

Weekly Trip to the Library I care for three kids all of different ages. The three-year-old girl I care for was frightened of spiders so I borrowed the following books from the library to help her face her fear and now she loves spiders. Her 10-year-old brother is obsessed with the rain forest, while their teen brother loves […]

Summer Learning: The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

 Weekly Trip to the Library With the extra time you have to spend caring for the kids this summer don’t just read books to the kids — do projects and activities that relate to the books you read to them. The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister has shimmering illustrations of a beautiful fish, who is very […]

Alphabet Cookies for Summer Learning

Wednesdays with Whitney Summer is a wonderful time, but with it comes the “Summer Slide.” Learning slips and even basic knowledge takes a vacation. This is especially true with preschoolers and kindergartners who are just learning their letters, counting, and the like. Making alphabet cookies is a sweet way to keep learning in the home […]

Make the Trip to the Zoo a Summer Learning Experience

Once at Home from the Zoo All this week we shared fun ways to help kids learn when taking a trip to the zoo this summer. Once back at home from the zoo, allow the kids to finish their Zoo Books. Ask the kids what were their favorite animals at the zoo and help them […]

Summer Learning Activities for Nannies and Au Pairs

Playing Matching Activities to Help Children Read Matching games help children develop good memory skills needed to read. Below are some fun matching games to encourage memory skills in young children. A, B, See it! Write a letter of the alphabet on the top of a piece of paper in a notebook. Give the notebook […]

More Fun Summer Reading Learning for Nannies and Au Pairs

Make an Alphabet Book You will need photos of the child and their family and friends, a photo album or scrap book, and some paper and markers. In the scrapbook or photo album assign each page as a letter in the alphabet, and make sure the pages are in alphabetical order. Then, have the child […]