Weekly Assignments

Topic 1    Summer 2009

2009 copyright  Sandra Looper (facilitator)

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aneyeballs.gif (214 bytes)   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:

        tireswing.gif (2895 bytes)  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:  

  sun.gif (26531 bytes)  Travel                           sun.gif (26531 bytes)Family Activities                      sun.gif (26531 bytes)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.

   sun.gif (26531 bytes)  Travel

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 .


            sun.gif (26531 bytes)Family Activities

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 .

WB01504_.gif (804 bytes)  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


   summersunglasses.gif (198 bytes)    Summer Themes/Activities  

   summerbeachball.gif (309 bytes)    Water and Sand- Yippee! 

   summerpicnic.gif (4387 bytes)  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.html

Ocean Life Theme- Preschool Education  http://www.preschooleducation.com/ocean.shtml

Sand Art   

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


sun.gif (26531 bytes)Safety

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 .

                                    fluttering_butterly.gif (1373 bytes)     Summer Safety Tips

                                fluttering_butterly.gif (1373 bytes)    Summer Learning Loss  http://www.connectwithkids.com/tipsheet/2003/125_may21/loss.html

                        fluttering_butterly.gif (1373 bytes)   Summer Break a Dangerous Time for Children  http://archives.cnn.com/2001/HEALTH/parenting/05/03/summertime.injuries/

                              fluttering_butterly.gif (1373 bytes)     Playing Outdoors and Pool Safety - for baby sitters or any care giver

                     fluttering_butterly.gif (1373 bytes)   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

j0140897.wmf (16094 bytes)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   PE02639_.wmf (24186 bytes)

Parents and Coaches Can Save Sportsmanship from Extinction  http://kidsgrowth.com/resources/articledetail.cfm?id=1514


PH01782J.jpg (39569 bytes)Sports Should be Fun                     SL00666_.wmf (25492 bytes)         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.

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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


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2009 copyright  Sandra Looper