CLAMDIGGERS’ Summer Literacy Enrichment Collection
CLAMDIGGERS’ Summer Literacy Enrichment Collection is a HUGE combination of my Product Units, Resources from my Resource Library, and Freebies guaranteed to engage your youngster(s) with lots of entertaining activities and projects ~ involving LOTS of too-busy-to-be-bored time….
But, before I begin & you read on, let me share some things my many Summers with Kids of various ages taught me:
- a DAILY routine is a SANITY ~ SAVER for you & the kids
- Outdoor time EVERY DAY is a MUST, especially if it’s water-related
- Multiple opportunities for arts, crafts & projects is a NECESSITY
Click on this link for some wonderful website helpers:
And now to the Resources, Freebies & Product Units…..
Every Day’s A FUN DAY During Summer !
One way to avoid the Boredom Blues during the long, hot days of Summer is to have a long List of Options.
Here’s a short “rescue” list with links:
If you need something more organized and day-to-day, I’ve created Celebration Calendars for June, July & August. This project-unit consists of a monthly-themed activity list and a daily celebration list with over 65 specific activities. Recipes & Activity Sheets are , also, included. Here’s the TpT link:
I, also, created a 138-page Summer Literacy Camp jam-packed with activity ideas/projects and their directions, images & planners.
Here’s its link:
And, if you are planning a Family Vacation…
Going On Vacation
Some of the best memories are made in flip-flops. ~ Kellie Elmore
If your family wants to go on vacation, but is still undecided, here are a few family-friendly suggestion sites:
And if travel will require some time and distance, I created a Road Trip Fun Activity Booklet to entertain your youngster(s) which you can access on this link:
Not able to travel away from home this Summer? Keep reading for a few FUN Stay-Cation ideas.
It’s summer and time for wandering….~ Kellie Elmore
Summer’s weather and long days of daylight are a perfect combination for family & friends to exploration and discover.
Here are a few ideas listed in this freebie:
Yes, lots of time spent with family & friends….
Family, Friends & Me
Friends, sun, sand, and sea; that sounds like a summer to me. ~Unknown
All children do some serious growing during the Summer. Usually their bodies and brains experience those changes.
The Healthy Body, Healthy Brain Nutrition Guide will help your child learn the importance of eating healthy foods: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Healthy-Body-Healthy-Brain-A-Nutrition-Guide-6025336
Here’s a Freebie Brain Foods Poster:
You may even notice some “emotional maturity” begin to develop….
Here are a few product units for your child to enjoy and share about him/herself:
You can, also, purchase these 3 product units as a Bundle. Here’s the link:
All the above units have friendship & family elements included as does the following link for creating & playing a Friendship Board-game:
A few more Friendship unit products about Picnics, Bicycle Fun & Safety & Pets are available by clicking on these links:
Check out these Family-Friendly Movie Sites from the Resource Library:
And this freebie Screen-Free List:
Creativity and the Arts are part of the list of activities to promote the growth & development of Critical Thinking Skills.
I Can Be SO VERY Creative!
Smell the sea and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly. ~Van Morrison
If your child needs a little confidence nudge and/or inspiration, my Resource Library has a reading list as well as a few ideas for beginning a creative hobby that might help:
Does s/he need some ideas on how to Use Your Imagination and/or Writing that blockbuster Script?
Click on this product link:
Here’s a product link for your aspiring Comedian: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/HUMOR-Now-THATS-Funny-6582236
Is your youngster seem to always have his/her nose in a book and you’d like to see some diversity in the reading material choices? Keep reading…
I Can Read All Summer Long!!!
One benefit of Summer is that each day we have more light to read by. ~ (paraphrased) Jeanette Walls
How wonderful to be able to read into the night and early morning without a care in the world except for what’s going to happen next in the book I am devouring….
Of course, my Reference Library has several Book Lists for you and yours in several genres:
And a Fairy Tale Board-Game product to make & play: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Fairy-Tales-6686403
Invite your friends and Start A Book Club:
Or you can always write your own book for others to read…..
Have You Ever Read A Book About…..
I could never in a hundred Summers get tired of this. ~Susan Branch
Recording Summer’s events in a personal journal or diary is a wonderful way to keep your youngster(s) writing throughout the vacation days.
Composing stories, creating poetry and/or doing research will help those Critical Thinking skills stay sharp as well.
BLB’s Resource Library has a read & link for encouraging the Writing Process.
Inquiry Investigation Investigators?
Need some Paragraph Writing assistance?
And a few Writing & Research Freebies:
Got a few “mad” scientists, geographers and/or historians wandering around the lab searching for their next Research Topic ?
Read on for Science, Social Studies, Geography and/or History options.
Yellow butterflies look like flowers flying through the warm summer air. ~Andrea Willis
The following links are all products I have created relating to Scientific Discovery.
Four Primary Science Labs: Earth, Ecology, Life & Physical
A Bundle of the Four Primary Science Labs
Read on for Social Studies, Geography & History Resources & Activities are coming up next….
Studying Our World
If you’re not barefoot, then, you’re overdressed. ~Unknown
Studying Our World ~ to me, anyway ~ is ABSOLUTELY fascinating. If your youngster (or three) loves finding out how the civilizations of Our World have affected us today, I have a few drops in that bucket to hold his/her (their) interest.
The categories I’ve listed, of course, have cross-over elements and events.
Social Studies / History
If your youngster(s) need a little boost in Reading & Writing this Summer, keep reading for LOTS of Resources, Product Units & Freebies. Your Home-School efforts just got a little easier !
Your Home-School Summer School
Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it in summer school. ~ Josh Stern
My son, a smart as he is, was NOT an avid reader `like his mom, the school teacher. However, during the Summer Vacation months, a 30 minute DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) time was NOT an option. He chose when to spend those reading minutes during the daylight hours. Hottest time, preferably….
So, if you need some Home-Summer-School action and need some additional assistance, I’ve got some support for you & yours.
Here’s the BLB Resource Library link:
Hope these tips, ideas & resources help to make your Home Summer School a success!
And make sure you take some “do nothing” time ~ it’s important….
Taking Some “Do Nothing” Time
Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability. ~ Sam Keen
On August 11, 2017, Parent Co. published an article on their site entitled, “Why the Lazy Days of Summer Are Actually the Most Memorable for Kids”.
Podcast host/writer Shauna Niequist & writer Tish Oxenreider traveled extensively with their children. When they asked them to cite the most memorable events of the vacations, the extraordinary was not expressed. What was shared were the ordinary things like “swimming in the hotel pool, wandering through fields, playing with new friends, and eating”.
Consequently, both moms came to the same conclusion ~”When everything is awesome, nothing is awesome.” Their children remembered everyday, ordinary events when they had their parents’ undivided attention.
“Uh huh”….. I mused. So, I created a little 18-page Freebie with Lots of Together activities and a Scrapbook template for capturing, recording, and keeping those Summer Memory Makers.
Here’s the link to download:
You can, also, try Daydreaming ~ it’s a scientifically proven remedy for Beating the Boredom Blues! Just click on this link for more info:
And as the Summer sadly with some gladly comes to a close and a New School Year quickly approaching, here are a few items to help you & yours prepare:
Hopefully, this CLAMDiggers Summer Literacy Enrichment Collection of Resources , Product Units & Freebies will keep you & yours engaged all Summer long with its new ideas for your Family Literacy Circle.
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