All posts tagged: summer solstice

The Teacher is Talking: The Longest Day

By Leslie Lindsay If you have been awaiting the first day of summer as my children have, then you’re in luck: the longest day of the year is tomorrow, Wednesday June 20th at 7:09pm EST.  The idea of “when summer begins” has been a question at my house for awhile now.  And the answer isn’t as clear as you’d think. One daughter thought it was summer back in March when the temperatures in suburban Chicago reached an all-time high of near 85 degrees.  No doubt it felt like summer, but it wasn’t.  Oh, no…just early spring.  Another daughter–precocious that she is–told me that Memorial Day is the “kick-off” to summer.  And she would be pretty darn close to right.  Does summer begin when we flip the calendar to June?  Well, yes and no…at least we can don our white clothing. Still yet, I was holding out to call it “summer” when school was officially out for the year–early June, neverminding the fact that preschool ended a full two weeks before elementary school.  See the confusion?  …

The Teacher is Talking: The Longest Day

By Leslie Lindsay (image retrieved 6.5.12 from Amazon.com) I came across this book, The Longest Day: Celebrating the Summer Solstice by Wendy Pfeffer, illustrated by Linda Bleck.  I presented it to my daughters about two years ago as the longest day of the year rolled around.  At the time, they were probably a bit too young to really understand and appreciate the book, but today–at 5 and 7 years old–they curled up next to me as I read from the colorful pages. And now that most kids are out of school for the summer, it may just be a good time to introduce the reason why we have summer in the first place.  And that is just what the “teacher” will be talking about here on Practical Parenting…with a Twist for the next couple of weeks. The official first day of summer this year is Wednesday, June 20th.  That is, the northern half of the earth tilts toward the sun and so it gets more sunshine than the southern half (that’s why it’s summer in …