Friday, June 12, 2009

EPISODE 10: The Watermelon Seed

Click here to listen to: The Watermelon Seed

Hi All,

We are hoping you are enjoying the start of your summer! In our last post we listed a few reading programs we found helpful and illuminating to keep you reading all summer long. Here is one more program from Scholastic Books that we just discovered!

What did you say? A word of the day! That is right! In our story there are
many juicy words that are fun to learn and say!

astute: smart, quick, perceptive

awry: away from the expected or proper direction; amiss; wrong
protruding: to thrust forward
sweltering: oppressively hot and humid
viable: able to live and grow


Try these activities to keep your imagination glowing after hearing the story.

1. Write a letter to someone you love about what you plan to do this summer. Don't forget the FIVE parts of a letter: Heading, Greeting, Body, Closing, and Your Signature.

2. Make your own observations. Save a seed from any kind of fruit you eat, such as a watermelon, an apple or a pear. Give it a few days to dry. Plant the seed in a cup of soil. Place it in the sun and water it daily. What changes do you see happening? Write them down or draw them out.

After listening to the story, can you recall the details to answer these questions?

1. What did the boy first notice was changing in his mom?

2. Why did the boy think the mom was growing a watermelon in her belly?

3. List 3 observations the boy made about his Momma's belly that he wrote his Grandma about?

We want to send out bright birthday wishes to:

John D of Valencia, Spain
Kerry W of Cambridge, MA
Sue H of East Amherst, NY
Samantha R of Bedford, MA

We hope your day SPARKLED!

If you know someone who has a birthday coming up and you'd like to send them a Night Light Birthday wish, send us an email at

Please send us your loved one's first name and the first initial of their last name only and we'll pass along the birthday wish. There are no age limits!

We hope you have some wonderful summer time plans, whether it is playing in your yard or traveling to the beach, we'd love to hear about them.
Feel free to post fun summer time activities on the blog.

As always, I look forward to watching the glow grow brighter with the many
stories we can share together.

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