Concepts: Ww, 2, diamond, clear.
It’s here, the “dog days” of summer – the time in late summer when the weather is hot and sticky and rainfall tends to be at an all-time low. Children may be growing cranky and bored; their parents may be counting down the days until the new school year begins. There is still a lot of fun to be had, before we pack away those summer shorts and swimming suits! Welcome to Beat the Heat – this week’s lesson plans for you and your preschool child.
This week, your child may learn:
- In late summer, some times the weather turns very hot.
- We say the air is humid, when it holds a lot of moisture.
- When it is humid outside, we feel even hotter.
- We need to drink water every day.
- When it is hot, we need to drink even more water.
- If we don’t drink enough water when we get hot, we can get sick.
- To keep cool, we should wear loose-fitting, light clothes.
- It is often cooler in the shade than in the bright sunshine.
- Water can evaporate – it can dry up and go into the air.
- When water evaporates off our skin, we feel cooler.
- The letter W makes the “whu” sound, as in “water”.
- We should always swim with a buddy. Two are safer than One in the pool.
- Your child should recognize the diamond shape.
- Your child should understand the concept of “clear” or translucent – having no color.
Places to Go to Beat the Heat
There are even some extra worksheets at the end of the lesson, besides the ones listed at the bottom of this page. If you aren’t yet doing worksheets with your child, just ignore them. The only reason why they are there, is because when the children get cranky, you need to have plenty of “back up plans”. Keep them busy, and they may be too tired to push your buttons.
Drink Water, Don’t Get Dehydrated
Remember to drink plenty of water, and that goes for your children, too. If you feel a little light-headed or dizzy, get some water immediately! Other symptoms of dehydration include headaches, dry mouth, yellow urine, decreased sweat, muscle cramps, dry eyes. If you develop nausea or vomitting along with any of the other signs of dehydration, seek medical help immediately. Heat stroke can kill you.
Five Star Picture Books
Creative Toys and Products (Optional)
- Little Tikes Beach Ball Sprinkler
- Funny Castle Inflatable Pool
- Step2 Arctic Splash Water Table
- Penguins and Polar Bears Big Box
- Inflatable Bounce House and Slide
- Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Sprinkler
- Small World Sand & Water Toys
- Beach Toys
- Playmobile Open Air Pool with Slide
- Little Tikes Jump ‘n Slide Dry Bouncer
Optional Worksheets for Preschool
- W Beginning Sounds Coloring Page
- More What Begins with W?
- My Itsy-Bitsy W Book
- Count and Trace Number 2
- Learning About the Diamond Shape
- Shapes Flashcards
I’m not a big fan of worksheets, but flashcards are great. For the Shapes flashcards, you can buy sturdier cardstock for your printer. Print them off, cut them apart, laminate them if you wish, and cut them apart again. You can post the picture of the Diamond on the wall in your calendar area this week. Or if your child has a good understanding of the basic shapes, you can use these cards as flashcards. This set includes the three-dimensional shapes like cone, sphere and pyramid. Nice, and brightly colored, by TSLbooks.com.