Stupendous Summer Decorations and Celebrations!

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“Stupendous Summer Decorations and Celebrations!”

 Hi, everyone! I hope that everybody is having a spectacular start to their summer vacation as we did at The Arc. In the week before Father’s Day which was on Sunday, June 17th, the Participants made arts and crafts gifts and Father’s Day cards with the help of The Arc Staff Members to give to the special men in their lives. I used my communicator, (with the help of YouTube) to read the books, My Dad is a Super Hero by Lily Lexington, I Love My Dad by Shelley Admont and A Perfect Father’s Day by Eve Bunting.

 During the week of Monday, June 18th, some of the Participants and I made summer inspired arts and crafts such as Finger-Painted Beach Ball Paper Plate Arts and Crafts to celebrate the start of the summer season on that day. I read, Arthur’s Family Vacation by Marc Brown, Pete the Cat at the Beach by James Dean and Froggy Goes to Camp by Jonathan London.

During the month of June, some of The Arc Participants and I made zoo and aquarium inspired arts and crafts to celebrate the fact that the month of June is the National Zoo and Aquarium Month and learned about the World Giraffe Day chosen to be on the longest day of the year: the summer solstice. This year the summer solstice will be on Thursday, June 21st. We learned that Barbie the giraffe has given birth to a baby boy at a zoo in Belgium.

 After falling six feet to the ground at birth, the newborn calf was walking within 20 minutes.

Female giraffes don’t lie down during labor. The baby boy was named Twiga, which is the word for “giraffe” in Swahili.

A zoo caretaker said Twiga has been hopping and galloping around the enclosure.

 He is the sixth calf born to Barbie, and he was born just in time for World Giraffe Day Thursday, June 21st.

In 2016, the International Union for Conservation of Nature listed the world’s tallest land animals as a vulnerable species.

The giraffe conservation foundations estimates only 100,000 giraffes remain in the wild.

 I read, Animal Strike at the Zoo. It’s True! by Karma Wilson, Never, Ever Shout in a Zoo also written by Karma Wilson, Curious George Visits the Zoo by Margret and H.A. Rey and Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae.

 I wore my new leopard print slippers and my Luna Cat (from TV anime show named Sailor Moon) and my mom turned my regular glasses into cat style sunglasses.  Also, my mom glued my Beanie Babies of a giraffe that I named Jeffie, a rainbow-colored koala named Kandi and a rainbow-colored dragon named Pele (after the Hawaiian goddess of fire.)

 On Wednesday, June 20th, The Arc Participants and Staff Members had a Summer Inspired Classroom Door Decorating Contest. My class won the second-place certificate!

 Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and I hope that everyone will have a sensational summer!

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