“Green was the silence, wet was the light,
the month of June trembled like a butterfly.”
― Pablo Neruda,
There was nothing like a Saturday – unless it was the Saturday leading up to the last week of school and into summer vacation. That of course was all the Saturdays of your life rolled into one big shiny ball.”
― Nora Roberts
There is indeed nothing quite as full of promise as the month of June. It is the month of lady slippers, cowslips, tiger lilies and wild roses. It is the month of dragon flies, fireflies and croaking frogs. It is the month of end-of-year parties, field trips and school’s end. It is the countdown to summer solstice.
Then followed that beautiful season… Summer….
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“As a child, one has that magical capacity to move among the many eras of the earth; to see the land as an animal does; to experience the sky from the perspective of a flower or a bee; to feel the earth quiver and breathe beneath us; to know a hundred different smells of mud and listen unselfconsciously to the soughing of the trees.”
-Valerie Andrews, A Passion for this Earth
Feel the grass beneath your feet.
Lie under a tree and watch the leaves.
Lie on your stomach and watch the ants march by.
Collect sticks and build a house for the fairies.
Listen to the wind.
Dig for worms.
Grow some vegetables in a pot.
Go on a nature hunt.
Head for the park.
Collect shells at the beach.
Pick berries. Eat berries.
Make a nature bracelet by wrapping duct tape around your wrist, sticky side up. Go for a walk and put things you see on your bracelet – small sticks, leaves, flowers, pebbles.
“A dark night, lightened up by thousands of glowing fireflies… It’s magical…”
― Ama H. Vanniarachchy
Catch fireflies in a jar – and then let them go.
Singing in the rain,
I’m singing in the rain.
What a beautiful feeling,
I’m happy again!
Play in a puddle.
Catch the rain on your tongue.
Put a bowl outside and guess how much water there will be in the bowl when the rain is done.
The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house. All that cold, cold, wet day.”
― Dr. Seuss,
Bake cookies and make ice cream sandwiches.
Build a fort in the living room out of a big cardboard box.
Eat your ice cream sandwiches inside your fort.
My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky.
So was it when my life began;
So is it now I am a man.
Count the colours in a rainbow. Draw your own using whatever colours you like.
One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by. ~Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle
Read outside. Read inside. Go to a library.
Make a book about the animals you have seen on your outdoor trips. A is for ant. B is for bird or bee or BEAR! C is for caterpillar or cow. D is for duck or deer.
And maybe when September comes, you will be able to say:
“All in all, it was a never-to-be-forgotten summer — one of those summers which come seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going — one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends and delightful doing, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.”
― L.M. Montgomery,
What a wonderful wish for parents and children everywhere.