Updated: Jun 13
And so summer begins in June… What a terrific month to create family memories by exploring the outside. Whether you are taking a camping trip over Father’s day, fishing, or just relaxing and reading in a hammock. Take time to spend time outside and learn more about nature. Our reading plan has quite a few books about nature. You can also read some of the blogs that we have collected about how to share nature with your preschooler.
Montessori is about learning naturally through play and observation. At Casa Montessori, as a family-owned and operated company, we also know the importance of working (and playing) together as a family. We believe in encouraging families to play together, make memories and have adventures.
You can also find our adventures on our social media platforms. We would LOVE to see your family's adventure. Upload some pictures to your social media platforms and tag us and use the hashtag #casafamilyfun We will keep an eye out! You can also encourage your friends to join our Family Fun Adventures too. They will be so glad that you did.
The Staff of Casa Montessori Preschool
Weekend Family Fun Challenge
June is a great time to have an outdoor adventure! Our reading challenge this month is to choose books that encourage outdoor exploration. Take some time and start the summer out right by participating in our reading challenge. You can order the books below for your own collection or check them out at your local library. You can enter to win a free book by using our Google form or you can simply just download our PDF version and keep track at home.
To aid in your exploration, we have added a workbook to download and print. You can create a summer outdoor fun bucket list, and identify bugs, insects, animal tracks, and flowers. Create a nature sketchbook and more. The goal is to learn more about our beautiful Pacific NW and, more importantly, have a Family Fun Adventure!
BOOK #1: Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow?
by Susan A. Shea (Author), Tom Slaughter (Illustrator)
Do you know about Grow's glow? Earning starred reviews and chosen as an ALA Notable selection, this striking nonfiction book explores the differences between living and non-living things. School Library Journal declared it "a standout concept book [that's] engaging, fun and a favorite for storytimes or one-on-one settings."
BOOK #2: Living Things and Nonliving Things: A Compare and Contrast Book
by Kevin Kurtz
Using a wide variety of stunning photographs, author Kevin Kurtz poses thought-provoking questions to help readers determine if things are living or nonliving. For example, if most (but not all) living things can move, can any nonliving things move? As part of the Compare and Contrast series, this is a unique look at determining whether something is living or nonliving
BOOK #3: The Fantastic World of Bugs
by Danae Wolfe
Children’s Insect Book about Grasshoppers, Spiders, Butterflies, Bees, Beetles, Ants, and more… An Educational Bug Identification Book for Kids with Awesome Insect Photography and Fun Facts
BOOK #4: What Do Living Things Need?
by Elizabeth Austen
This book introduces students to the things that humans need to live: food, shelter, water, and air. With images that are easy to identify and clear, simple sentence structures, this science reader simplifies scientific concepts for young students as they improve their reading skills. A fun and easy science experiment and Your Turn! the activity provides more in-depth opportunities for additional learning. Nonfiction text features include a glossary and an index. Engage students in learning with this dynamic text.
Helpful Articles and Resources
Share the Outdoors With Your Kids
The snow is melting, the soil is warming up, babbling brooks and streams are lively and full, and birds and butterflies are on the move. The days grow longer, and there's more time to play outside. Everyone needs sturdy shoes or boots, a hat, sunscreen, binoculars, and water. Okay, now you're ready to get outdoors!
Share the Love: Passing Outdoor Appreciation to the Next Generation
Children are natural mathematicians. They push and pull toys, stack blocks, and fill and empty cups of water in the bathtub. All of these activities allow young children to experience math concepts as they experiment with spatial awareness, measurement, and problem-solving (ETFO 2010; NAEYC 2010). Young children easily learn as they describe, explain, and consider the ideas from their immediate environment. Am I as tall as Yancey? How can I find out? I know! We can both stand next to each other in front of the mirror.
A Science Mini-Unit: Living & Non-Living