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Dr. Sorrells’ Top 10 Summer Activities 2020

Dr. Sorrells’ Top 10 Summer Activities 2020
Looking for exciting things to do this summer? Wait no more! Head of School Merry Sorrells has released her annual list of Top 10 Summer Activities. 

Every year, Dr. Sorrells creates a list of activities that challenge students to reconnect with nature, their families, and themselves. Dr. Sorrells knows how important it is for children to remain active during the summer months; with everything from flashlight tag to planting vegetables, these are activities the whole family can enjoy. Always on the list and notably the greatest of the challenges is No. 10, no electronics for 24 hours. 

All Lower School students are encouraged to take part in the challenge. An adult can help you with any of these if you are too little to do them yourself. When you finish the list, send Dr. Sorrells a note or an email to let her know. Students who complete the challenge will receive a prize in August after the start of the new school year. 

Lower School students, how many will you complete? 

Dr. Sorrells’ Top 10 Summer Activities
  1. Visit a historic landmark in New Orleans. Draw a picture of it, and write a paragraph about your visit. 
  2. Play a game of flashlight tag with family, friends, and/or neighbors.
  3. Make and sail a paper boat--outside.
  4. Write and illustrate a fairy tale.  Make it at least five pages long. Parents and grandparents can help.
  5. Make and hang a bird feeder, then make a list of what birds feed from it.
  6. Plant a vegetable in a pot and watch it grow.
  7. Have a watermelon seed spitting contest--see who can spit the seeds the  farthest.
  8. Dance in the rain when there’s no lightning or thunder.
  9. Sleep outside overnight (with siblings, parents, pets, or friends).
  10. Go at least 24 hours without using anything electronic (no phones, TVs, computers, tablets, Xbox, PlayStation, etc.) Note: This activity is not eligible for substitution.

Alternate: You can substitute one of the following activities for one of the ones above:
  • Make a lemonade stand and sell lemonade to your neighbors.
  • Make rainbows using a prism.
  • Memorize one of the poems below and have someone video you reciting it.

PreK and K
Whole Duty of Children (by Robert Louis Stevenson)
A child should always say what's true,
And speak when he is spoken to,
And behave mannerly at table:
At least as far as he is able.

1st through 3rd grades
Grandpa Dropped His Glasses
Grandpa dropped his glasses once in a pot of dye,
And when he put them on again he saw a purple sky.
Purple birds were rising up from a purple hill,
Men were grinding purple cider at a purple mill.
Purple Adeline was playing with a purple doll,
Little purple dragonflies were crawling up the wall.
And at the supper table he got crazy as a loon,
From eating purple apple dumplings with a purple spoon.

4th and 5th Grade
All Things Bright and Beautiful (by Cecil Frances Alexander)
All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.
Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colors,
He made their tiny wings.
The purple-headed mountain,
The river running by,
The sunset, and the morning,
That brightens up the sky;
The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one.
He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell,
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.

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