Topic 1 Summer 2009
2009 copyright Sandra Looper (facilitator)
A Little Organization Helps
The Discussion Area/Forum is where you will post the answers to assignments as well as respond or talk to others about the current topic.
There will be listings(headings) for each question and a heading called Bulletin Board which is for any general class information not specifically related to individual questions. Click on the questions you're answering and you will automatically access the box where your answer can be written.
Play around with the discussion room and/or investigate the WEB CT tutorial and you'll be ready to roll.
I like to use the "Show All" option located on your tool bar to the left. The default will show ONLY UNREAD/NEW MESSAGES so you may wish to click the "Show All" each time you enter so that you can see our discussion in the logical sequence.
The first topic is typically a learning and training session for those who've never experienced our online class before. Never fear. Most people learn the logistics quite quickly.
Course requirements are to answer at least 7 questions (your choice) and to respond to at least 4 other student postings. Don't wait till the last day to do your entire assignment. You not only lose out on valuable information but also the opportunity to dialogue with your classmates. We recommend completing at least 4 questions and responding to at least 2 other students during the first week and completing your requirements during the second week. This interaction among students is a vital part of the enjoyment and learning .
Question #3 is required for this topic and then the remaining 6 questions are your choice.
1. Read Considerations and share in the Discussion Area your reflections by completing the open ended sentences:
When I was a child, summertime meant .....
For me, the sights, sounds and smells of summer always included ....
The most dangerous summertime stunt I ever pulled was when I ....
For ease in organization, Summer Fun will be divided into 3 categories:
Travel Family Activities Safety
Please complete each category in sequence before going to the next so that our conversations will be focused on similar topics and be more meaningful to our on-line community.
2. Tell us about your worst or best travel experience with kids. Include any travel tips you picked up from the articles or any other "traveling with kids" advice. Let us hear all about it in the Discussion Area - also feel free to post any questions you may have because our on-line community may be able to help.
Read at least 3 articles that you would like from the links listed below:
About Family Travel and Vacations
Family Travel Forum- Have Kids Still Travel
Kids Can Travel http://www.kidscantravel.com/
REQUIRED 3. Find all about opportunities and great bargains when you use the Web in planning your family vacations. Plan a real or imaginary vacation pretending that you have $500 for a family of 4 using the following site/s and any links from the Virtual Library:
Family Vacation Planner
Travel with Kids-About.com
Traveling USA (with Kids) http://www.travelingusa.com/Kids%20Travel
Then, share 3 interesting things you discovered as well as your family itinerary. Don't forget to add the price of each activity. Additionally, if you've previously used the Web in making travel arrangements, share your expertise with us along with any favorite web sites you've discovered. Print out your information to use now or later. Let us hear about your findings in Discussion Area .
4. Read the following articles and then select one or more activities. Now find a willing child and enjoy them with your wonderful little person. Finally, comment on the experience. Tell us what you did, how the child liked it and generally -- all about it-- in the Discussion Area .
Kids Grow Fast, So Do Gardens More gardening ideas: Basic Gardening http://www.everythingpreschool.com/themes/gardening/index.htm
Gardening at every age http://www.kidsgardening.com/primer/primer1040.asp Gardening themes http://www.kidsgardening.com/primer/primer1044.asp
Water and Sand- Yippee!
Picnic Activities (a) http://stepbystepcc.com/picnic.html (b) http://www.first-school.ws/THEME/mini_theme/picnic.htm
(c) http://www.everythingpreschool.com/themes/picnic/index.htm (d) Packing for a picnic http://www.thevirtualvine.com/picnics.html
5. Hey, it's summer so let's have some more fun. There are literally hundreds of activities which can be enjoyed by young and old alike. Take a peek at the following sites and find a few favorites to do with your child or someone else's. Tell us how it turned out. Anything you would change? Did you find a new craft, game, recipe or activity? Was there anything you particularly liked that you didn't know about before? What "academic skills" are being taught through these activities, even though it appears the child is just having fun? Share your findings with us in Discussion Area .
Ocean Themed Activities:
Ocean Theme http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/Themes/Ocean/index.shtml
Preschool Ocean Themes http://www.everythingpreschool.com/themes/ocean/index.htm
Under the Sea and Ocean Theme http://stepbystepcc.com/sea.htmlOcean Life Theme- Preschool Education http://www.preschooleducation.com/ocean.shtml
25 Activities to Keep Kids'
Brains Active in Hot Summer Sun
What’s buggin’ you? Activities with bugs http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson/lesson013.shtml
6. As we participate in more outdoor activities, there are a number of child-related summer safety concerns. Many of those are associated with travel, water, sun, large group activities, play areas and equipment, barbecues, bike riding, hiking, and on and on. As always, our primary concern as parents and/or care givers is to provide a safe environment for children.
Please share one safety concern which you feel is especially important to include in our online conversations and then find one article to support ways to address this concern. This could come from a personal experience or may simply be a pet peeve that you'd like to voice as a child advocate. Whatever it is, please sound off and share possible solutions in Discussion Area . We want to hear from you!
7. Read the following articles and select three quotes that you feel bears repeating as a word of caution for safety's sake. Share them in the Discussion Area .
Summer Safety Tips
Summer Learning Loss http://www.connectwithkids.com/tipsheet/2003/125_may21/loss.html
Summer Break a Dangerous Time for Children http://archives.cnn.com/2001/HEALTH/parenting/05/03/summertime.injuries/
Playing Outdoors and Pool Safety - for baby sitters or any care giver
Play Safe This Summer
8. Sometimes it's just too hot to get outside. When that's the case and the kids are saying they are "bored" use the following sites/books/activities/videos to engage them:
Summer reading lists by grade level http://www.cvillecatholic.com/parentconnect/summerreading/readingindex.html
Jan Brett’s Videos--- how to draw (LOVE THIS ONE) http://www.janbrettvideos.com/video/video_main_page.htm
Storyline ONLINE http://www.storylineonline.net/ WONDEFUL! Screen actor’s Guild readers- James Earl Ray’s To Be a Drum was magical
Summer Book-tivities http://www.educationworld.com/a_books/sr_week02.shtml
Scavenger Hunts for kids http://www.vickiblackwell.com/hunts.html
Internet Scavenger hunts http://faculty.usiouxfalls.edu/arpeterson/scavenger_hunts.htm
Don't forget to share with us in the Discussion Area what things you and your child did together and what was learned from the experience.
9. Sports are often a big part of summer fun. However, sometimes the children would have even more fun if the adults would follow some basic safety and sportsmanship rules. Read the following articles and then share TWO quotes and your opinion about this topic in the Discussion Area.
Intercepting Youth Sports Injuries Media Briefing PowerPoint( from an M.D.)http://www.sportsmed.org/tabs/downloads/pp/Kocher%20media%20briefing%20webinar%202008.ppt
Sports Rules for Parents
Parents and Coaches Can Save Sportsmanship from Extinction http://kidsgrowth.com/resources/articledetail.cfm?id=1514
Sports Should be Fun Children and Sports Fact Sheet
10. Sunshine! Outdoors! Warm days! Soaking up rays! Playing in the grass. Camping. Sun worshipers! Be afraid. Be very afraid. Find out what that wonderful sunshine and those pesky bugs can do and how you can protect yourself and your children. Then share with us in the Discussion Area the findings that you found helpful or alarming AND your plan to keep you and yours safe in the sun.
Top Five Hidden Health Hazards for Children in Summertime http://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS145770+02-Jun-2009+PRN20090602
Sun Protection Guide for Children http://www.aad.org/public/publications/pamphlets/sun_sunprotection.html
Sun Safety for Children
Bug Bites PowerPoint with photos of bugs, the results of their bites, and how to treat them. Be aware these are actual pictures and are graphically portrayed. http://www.webmd.com/allergies/slideshow-bad-bugs
11. Whew! All that play can be hard work! Now, sit back and relax. Let your fingers do the clicking through the Virtual Library where you can find more information on Summer Fun. Read some articles, check out the reading lists and click on the web links. Do a little investigative wandering... Did you find something interesting? Did any of the information in the articles make you want to step on the soap box? If so, go right ahead and share it with us. You know where...Discussion Area .
2009 copyright Sandra Looper