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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

LouFamFun Early Literacy Ideas - Summer Fun!

It's the Dog Days of Summer - Are we in them or what? Isn't that the saying for August??! School seems to be starting a lot earlier this year, or is it just me? You have a couple of weeks left to do some fun things with the kids this summer. See our Summer Fun Links for all of our great ideas!

 photo book_zps6492602c.jpgBooks to Share: Summer Days and Nights by Wong Herbert Lee, ABCers by Carole Schaefer, Veo el Verano: I See Summer by Charles Ghigna, Back to School Tortoise by Lucy M. George

Rhyme: Five Busy Honey Bees
Five busy honey bees were resting in the sun
The first one said, "Let us have some fun."
The second one said, "Where shall it be?"
The third one said, "In the honey tree."
The fourth one said, "Let's make some honey sweet."
The fifth one said, "With pollen on our feet."
The five little busy bees sang their buzzing tune,
As they worked in the beehive all that afternoon.
Bzzzz! Bzzzz! Bzzzz! Bzzzz! (from dltk-teach.com)

Recipe: Campfire Cones

Fun Printable: Summer Scavenger Hunt Challenge

 photo literacy_zps0bf81d15.jpgPlay Literacy Idea: I saw this great idea at the Library's How To Festival this past summer. Take one of those baby/toddler size plastic swimming pools and fill it with shredded paper. Hide different things in the paper. They had hidden velcro-backed items to match on a board on the wall behind the pool. You could hide your swimming toys, bath toys, and let your kids find them! A fun idea!

Louisville Local Spot for Learning and Literacy: I'd like to highlight the Asia Institute - Crane House that is a stop on the Cultural Pass program from Vision Louisville. My kids and I are planning a visit to this educational place for the first time with our cultural passes. I think what I love the most about the Cultural Pass is having all of these great places that we may or may not have visited yet, all in one place to remind us that they are there and to act sort of like a bucket list to see how many you can check off! Look for my review about our experience to come soon!

The Crane House has limited hours, and it is actually free to enter. They are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:30am-4:30pm; they are closed on Wednesdays and weekends. They are located at 1244 S. 3rd Street, with parking on the street. Did you know Louisville will be hosting a Dragon Boat Festival in September down at the waterfront? Learn more about it on their website. When you're done visiting Crane House, make a stop at Dizzy Whiz (Stephanie's Happy Place Restaurant) afterwards!

By guest contributor: Erin

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