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Home Learning and Activities for Summer Vacation- for girls of 3 and 5

September Girl "Jennifer"
The list author says: "We are interested helping our children grow into thoughtful and creative adults who know a lot about the world. This is what we've come up with for learning activities for our 3 and 5 year old.

Most of the fiction and nonfiction reading that we'll be doing this summer will be checked out of the library."
Science Is Simple: Over 250 Activities for Preschoolers
Science Is Simple: Over 250 Activities for Preschoolers
"This book is very, very good and I think we can use it well beyond the preschool years."
50 Rainy Day Activities (Activity Cards)
50 Rainy Day Activities (Activity Cards)
"These cards have gorgeous craft ideas- my daughters still need some help making the crafts in these cards, but even with the help, they call them their own and they love the finished products!"
Great Big Book of Children's Games: Over 450 Indoor & Outdoor Games for Kids, Ages 3-14
Great Big Book of Children's Games: Over 450 Indoor & Outdoor Games for Kids, Ages 3-14
"Who knew there were sooo many games.  This is a really cool book!"
Wildlife Gardening
Wildlife Gardening
"This book has wonderful ideas for luring wildlife into your garden and yard- whether you want butterflies, bees, toads and ladybugs, or bats and owls.  Most of the crafts can be made with things that you already have around your house or yard, but the things you have to buy are very inexpensive.  Wonderful ideas- my children love using this!"
The Parents' and Teachers' Guide to Helping Young Children Learn: Creative Ideas from 35 Respected Experts
The Parents' and Teachers' Guide to Helping Young Children Learn: Creative Ideas from 35 Respected Experts
The Read-Aloud Handbook: Sixth Edition
The Read-Aloud Handbook: Sixth Edition
"This book talks about the importance of reading to your children daily even after they are reading by themselves.  It's not quite an activity book, but it's such a convincing book, that I recommend reading it because then you will not forget to always take the time to read to your child."
Brain Quest Workbook: Grade 1
Brain Quest Workbook: Grade 1
"This is a nice comprehensive workbook for summer use and the best one of the 5-6 that I checked.  It keeps my 5 year old focused and her skills sharp."
Brain Quest Workbook: Kindergarten
Brain Quest Workbook: Kindergarten
"This is a great workbook that my younger daughter.  She really enjoys having her own workbook just like her big sister, and she'll be able to use this one for the next two years."
Bob Books Set 3- Word Families
Bob Books Set 3- Word Families
"My older daughter is just learning to read, and these are building her confidence.  These books are very well developed.  Readers have to read every word on their own, and they can't correctly guess what the words say just by looking at the illustrations."
Haba Charades
Haba Charades
"This is a fun game that is helping my daughters gain confidence in their acting and in their body language in general."
New Oxford American Dictionary
New Oxford American Dictionary
"My mother always used to tell me to "look it up" when I asked her what a word meant.  It seemed like such a chore.  We bought this so that when our daughters ask what a word means we can look it up together."
Wall Thermometer
Wall Thermometer
"I remember in junior high my teachers were shocked that we didn't know that scientific "room temperature" is considered to be 75 degrees Fahrenheit.  I thought our girls should understand what the weather will feel like when the weatherman predicts a high of 30 or 40 or 50... or 90 for the day.  They should also be familiar with celcius temperatures."
Westcott Stainless Steel Office Ruler With Non Slip Cork Base, 18 Inches
Westcott Stainless Steel Office Ruler With Non Slip Cork Base, 18 Inches
"People should have a firm grasp of how large one inch,... 6 inches,...  or 12 inches is.  They should know the same for centimeters.  We will start measuring work this summer."
Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History (World History (Usborne))
Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History (World History (Usborne))
"This is a wonderful book about the history of the world.  The entire book is arranged as one giant time line.  It's a very interesting book and a great starting point to talk about the earth's history.  We can check out books from the library when we want to learn more about specific topics from this book."
The Usborne Complete Book of Art Ideas (Usborne Art Ideas)
The Usborne Complete Book of Art Ideas (Usborne Art Ideas)
"This book is one that we will use more as the girls get older.  It has wonderful ideas for how to use different media (paint, pastels, tissue paper, crayons, ink, etc).  Some we can easily do now, some we won't be able to appreciate the full effect even if we were to try the technique until our children are more skilled."
Brain Quest Grade 1 Reading
Brain Quest Grade 1 Reading
"This is really a great way to develop reading comprehension.  My older daughter is thrilled each time she gets the answers correct."
See Inside Your Body
See Inside Your Body
"My two girls really like this book and it's a great way to start to teach very young kids how the body works."
The Complete Home Learning Source Book: The Essential Resource Guide for Homeschoolers, Parents, and Educators Covering Every Subject from Arithmetic to Zoology
The Complete Home Learning Source Book: The Essential Resource Guide for Homeschoolers, Parents, and Educators Covering Every Subject from Arithmetic to Zoology
"This is a great book.  It is chock-full of ideas for teaching so many subjects- it has so many different types of recommendations- games, home learning kits, books, novels... it is very thorough- still writing this blip"
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder
"This is a great book.  Although, I have to admit, I haven't read the whole thing.  I got the gist and moved on.  I loved what it said about children playing more creatively outside when they have woods and plants to play around - rather than swing sets.  I think some playground developers are starting to use that thought for more interesting playgrounds."