Weekly Themes #45 Chat by the Lake | Chalar junto al lago for 6-8 year olds

Chat by the lake this week! It’s full of calm, clear water, and I can see the tiny little fish swimming just above the bottom. Bibi wants to let you know how important you are to her! She’s so glad to have a reading buddy like you. Summer is a great time to visit a beautiful lake and read together by the water.

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Here are some books to read together! You can download and save them and keep them forever, to read again and again.

Wildlife in a city pond

  • What was happening to the pond?
  • What kind of animals was living in or near the pond?
  • Do you have a pond near your house? What is it like?

Friends under the summer sun

  • Why was Nimmi upset?
  • What is your favorite season of the year? 
  • What is summer like in your home?

Little dams 

  • Have you ever seen a dam?
  • What are the purposes of dams?
  • What did the animals realize at the end of the story?

I spy a lake

  • Have you ever been to a lake?
  • What do the children find at the lake?

¡A Bucear!

  • ¿Cuál tipo de pez es tu favorito? (peces payasos, pez león, etc.)
  • ¿Alguna vez ha visitado el océano?

El sueño del océano

  • ¿A ti te gusta nadar?
  • ¿De dónde sacó Coral su corona?

Yo Veo Un Lago

  • Have you ever been to a lake?
  • What do the children find at the lake?

La Historia del lirio acuático

  • What is water hyacinth? 
  • What things can you make with this plant?

Una pequeña semilla: la historia de Wangari Maathai

  • Who was Wangari Maathai?
  • Why do you think she is important?

Things to Do Together

  • Write: Create your own stories this week by putting a few items into a bag that can be used as props. Give the bag to your child and encourage them to create a story including the objects as they pull them out of the bag.
  • Talk: Create a group story where one person starts the story and then points to the next person who has to carry it on. Keep going until everyone has had a turn and your story has concluded. 
  • Talk: In a world where technology is such a large part of our lives, make a habit of spending time talking with your family. This could be over dinner, where you share what you did during the day, or a highlight of the day. Let your child practice the skills of being an active listener and take the time to focus on what they have to say as well. 
  • Move: Take a walk around the lake or along any trail you choose. Try to notice how the plants are changing/growing, what sounds you hear along the way, what animals you see. 
  • Explore: Get outside and visit a pool or splash pad! Check out your local YMCA for swim lessons, and if you live in Austin or Travis County, here is your local YMCA swim website, and various public pools around the city are here: https://www.austintexas.gov/page/pools-splash-pads. 

Share Together

At the end of the week, reflect on what you read, and what you did.

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Weekly Themes #45 Chat by the Lake | Chalar junto al lago for 6-8 year olds
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Weekly Themes #45 Chat by the Lake | Chalar junto al lago for 6-8 year olds

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