Celebrate Special Days in August
Children’s Good Manners Month
-Remind your child to pay special attention to manners by remembering to treat others courteously. Have your child name ways he or she can be courteous at home and in school. Good manners include sharing, listening, helping and taking turns.
-Have your child help you make fancy sandwiches by cutting slices or bread in different shapes using collie cutters. Spread peanut butter, jam, or cream cheese on the shapes, or use the cookie cutter to cut your child’s favorite lunch meat to make sandwiches.
Family Day is the second Sunday in August
-Help your child plan an outing where your family can do something enjoyable together. For example, have a picnic at a park, go swimming, or visit a children’s museum. Indoor activities might include playing a board game or watching a special movie.
Smile Week is August 4-10
-Encourage smiles by creating and wearing smiley face badges. Help your child cut out large paper circles and decorate them like smiley faces. Pin or tape the badges to your shirts or wear during Smile Week. To make refrigerator magnets, add a piece of magnetic tape to a smiley face.
Smokey Bear’s Birthday is August 9
-In 1944, Smokey Bear became the symbol for the U.S. Forest Service to educate people on how to prevent forest fires. On this day in 1950, a cub that survived a forest fire was nursed back to health and became the living symbol of Smokey Bear. With your child, think of ways to prevent forest fires.
Hawaii became the 50th state on August 21, 1959
-Celebrate by making frozen pineapple treats. Drain two 20 oz. cans of crushed pineapple, reserving 2 tablespoons of juice. Pour pineapple, 2 T of lemon juice, 2 T of lime juice, 1/3 cup of sugar, and reserved pineapple juice in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Pour the mixture into one-quart resealable freezer bags. Place the gabs flat in a freezer for 1 ½ hours or until slushy. Then, pour the mixture into drinking glasses. Makes 8 servings.
Read in August
Helping Out by George Ancona
-Photographs show kids working with adults in various settings. Ask your child to choose his or her favorite task from the story, and then allow him or her to help you with it.
The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper
-This timeless tale of perseverance tells of a little engine that is determined to get over the mountain. Share with your child an experience you had where you had to try very hard to do something. Encourage your child to share a similar experience with your.
Norma Jean, Jumping Bean by Joanna Cole
-Norma Jean loves to jump, but she learns a lesson about self-discipline when she realizes that there is a time and a place for jumping. Ask your child to tell what he or she would do as the main character in the story. How would he or she solve the problem?
A Sip of Aesop by Jane Yolen
-Colorful illustrations and poetic meter put a twist on Aesop’s traditional fables. Have your child pick his or her favorite fable and retell it in his or her own words.
Into the Sea by Brenda Z. Guiberson
-Follows the life of a sea turtle from its hatching to its return to the island to lay eggs. Provide a paper plate, colored paper, scissors, glue, and crayons. Have your child make a paper plate turtle using the craft supplies.
Monarch Butterfly by Gail Gibbons
-Beautiful, bright pictures describe the life cycle and migration of the monarch butterfly. Have your child draw a picture of a colorful butterfly. Cut out the butterfly and tie it to the end of a straw so children can “flutter” them around the room.