Parents

Hot Summer, Cool Kids

There are lots of fun ways to keep cool this summer and earn your Connect Your Summer Badges too. Read a book about an animal under a shady tree and earn your Make Tracks Badge. Or make a cool treat, and earn your Chow Down Badge. Go see a movie in a chilly theatre and earn your Curtains Up Badge. You can even go swimming in a lake or pool for your Go Wild badge, and read a favorite book on a raft.

Author Donald J. Sobol Dies

Beloved author of the Encyclopedia Brown series, Donald J. Sobol, passed away July 11, 2012. He was 87 years old. His Encyclopedia Brown series debuted in 1963 and has delighted children for decades. Sobol's son has said his father died of natural causes. Mr. Sobol is survived by his wife, sister, three children, and four grandchildren.

Homeschool High School

How do I decide what classes my student needs for high school? How do I count credits? Can my child attend college if he's homeschooled? And, what about the prom?

Families thinking about homeschooling through high school often have these questions and many more. Join us on Monday, August 27 from 6:45-8:45 PM as we come together to ask and answer questions about homeschooling through high school. We'll hear from families who have successfully made it through the high school years (and gone on to college success) as well as families who are currently in the process. If you are approaching the high school years in your homeschool, already in the high school years, or just thinking about homeschooling high school, join us for a night of answers!

This program is sponsored by the CHEPA (Christian Home Educators Parents Association) in partnership with the Canton Public Library. Please RSVP to Cheri Pelic (cheripelic@yahoo.com) or 248-349-5447.

Get inspired, Go Wild

Have you earned your Go Wild badge yet? If not, summer isn't over yet--so you still have time. Now that the weather has gotten better, be sure to get out and Go Wild by taking a walk in the woods or at a park, enjoying Art in the Park this weekend, July 13, 14, and 15, 2012 in Downtown Plymouth, or run through the sprinkler to cool off. No matter what you choose to do, Go Wild and have fun!

Great Mystery Book

The great cake mystery: Precious Ramotswe's very first case by Alexander McCall Smith ; illustrations by Iain McIntosh is a delightful read and a quick way to claim the Sleuth It badge in the CYS program. It is written by the bestselling author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (an adult series) and introduces readers to Precious Ramotswe as a child. When treats start disappearing from the kids' school lunches, a chubby boy named Poloko becomes the likely suspect. Precious believes he is innocent and sets out to find the real culprit. Set in a vividly realistic setting of Botswana with magnificent black and red illustrations and featuring compelling characters, this mystery will have readers of all ages clammering for a sequel.

Butterfly Wings and Musical Things

This unique program combines interactive storytelling, beautiful music, full audience participation and hands-on fun with musical instruments. From 2:00-3:00 PM on Friday, July 13, The Storytellers present music and instruments from the Caribbean, West Africa, North America, Brazil, Australia and other countries. Children will be invited to play various instruments at this memorable storytelling concert.

[BW music by buttons.butterflies is licensed under CC BY SA 2.0]

Michigan Pet Finders Community

Michigan Pet Finders Community is a great local resource that has links for posting about a lost pet, a found pet, tips for keeping pets safe in this extreme heat, and other great links. Be sure to check this site out and don't forget to give you pets plenty of water and keep them cool this summer!

Picture Books Celebrating American Independence

Enjoy some wonderful picture books that celebrate America and our independence!

Apple pie 4th of July by Janet S. Wong ; pictures by Margaret Chodos-Irvine

Celebration! by Jane Resh Thomas ; illustrated by Raul Colon

Cranberry summer by Wende and Harry Devlin

A Fourth of July on the plains by Jean Van Leeuwen ; pictures by Henri Sorensen

Grandma drove the garbage truck by written by Katie Clark ; illustrated by Amy Huntington

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