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Sample Letter to Parents
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
The upcoming summer days are anything but lazy.
At school, August hums with many different kinds of learning experiences.
The first week makes happy campers out of all of
We learn how to go camping, from pitching a tent and cooking over a
to making a backpack and binoculars and appreciating the special rules
of the great outdoors.
If you can, plan a camping trip or camp out in your
Talk with your
children about fire safety. We don't play with fire,
matches, lighters. Practice stop! Drop! and Roll!
Host a flashlight day. Have the children bring in a
flashlight. Turn off the lights
and have them lay on the floor and shine their flashlights around the
Have the children wear pajamas to school one day
and bring their sleeping bags to sleep on or in.
Obtain a nature sounds tape. Ask the children
what makes the sounds.
You may also find ones that have animal sounds on them.
Lower the lights or turn them off if it's not too dark,sit around
the campfire (pretend) and
sing camping songs. KidsSong Video has a great video on camping. Lots of
camping songs on it. Give each student a large envelope to decorate
for a camp bag.
Have them look in magazines for pictures of things they would take
on a camping trip.
Don't forget the bug spray!
Blankets or quilts (3 each)
Invite the children to help you tie a rope between to trees,
swing set or fence.
Arrange the quits lengthwise on the rope. Secure with clothes pins. Do the
on the other side. Lay the third blanket on the ground and you tent is
Bring a sack lunch, a cold drink and have lunch at your camp site.
KidsSong Video has a great video on camping. Lots of great camping
songs on it.
Here is the link to the KidsSongs site:
Provide a tape of camp
songs for the children to listen to.
Trip to a Department Store
Visit a department
store or sporting goods store
where camping tents and other equipment are displayed.
Pack a picnic lunch or snack and take it to an area campground.
A great way to spice up
your camping unit is to call the nearest office of the National
and see what Smokey the Bear is up to in your neck of the woods. You
might be able to arrange
for Smokey to visit your classroom, along with a Ranger friend from a
state or national park
. And you can probably get the ranger who answers the phone to send
you some fun freebies for
your class: Smokey the Bear posters, buttons, bumper stickers, or
coloring books. Be sure to ask.
Show children the sign for camping.
Visit a recreational vehicle dealer and tour a large mobile home.
A tent is a shelter used for camping.
We can camp in the woods or a campground.
We can also camp in a park. at a lake, or in our backyard.
Hotdogs, marshmallows, and beans are all camping foods.
A camper can be driven or attached to the back of a car or pickup
Lanterns and flashlights are sources of light used for camping.
A sleeping bag is a blanket used for camping.
Some people camp by a lake to go waterskiing and go boating or
Bags At Nap
everyone use sleeping bags for nap time or let
the children take turns sleeping in a tent at naptime.
And play "nature" tapes during nap.
They come in all kinds of choices these days.