Answer Key: How to Entertain Your Kids This Summer

Lesson Plan: How to Entertain Your Kids This Summer If You Can’t Hire Mary Poppins!

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. Entertain  |ˌen(t)ərˈtān| verb [with object] 1 provide (someone) with amusement or enjoyment: a tremendous game that thoroughly entertained the crowd.
  2. encouraging |enˈkərijiNG| adjective  giving someone support or confidence; supportive: she gave me an encouraging smile • positive and giving hope for future success; promising: the results are very encouraging.
  3. embark |əmˈbärk| verb [no object] (embark on/upon) begin (a course of action, especially one that is important or demanding): he embarked on a new career.
  4. pandemic |panˈdemik| adjective (of a disease) prevalent over a whole country or the world
  5. panic  |ˈpanik| noun sudden uncontrollable fear or anxiety, often causing wildly unthinking behavior: she hit him in panic | [in singular] : he ran to the library in a blind panic.
  6. constellations |ˌkänstəˈlāSH(ə)n| noun a group of stars forming a recognizable pattern that is traditionally named after its apparent form or identified with a mythological figure. Modern astronomers divide the sky into eighty-eight constellations with defined boundaries.
  7. exhausting  |iɡˈzôstiNG| adjective  making one feel very tired; very tiring: a long and exhausting journey.
  8. ordeal  |ôrˈdēl| noun 1 a painful or horrific experience, especially a protracted one: the ordeal of having to give evidence.
  9. *de rigueur   de ri·​gueur | \ də-(ˌ)rē-ˈgər  adjective  prescribed or required by fashion, etiquette, or custom. tattoos, of course, being de rigueur among the poetry set.
  10. compulsory kəmˈpəlsərē| adjective required by law or a rule; obligatory: compulsory military service | it was compulsory to attend Mass.


New Oxford American Dictionary 

*Merriam-webster dictionary

Grammar Focus: Identifying Prepositions

You can keep your family safe and sane by encouraging old-school play, embarking on some D.I.Y. projects.

And even in a changed and changing world, I have reserved some mental energy forpanickingabout how my kids, husband and I will make it to September.

The desire for play is innate and that children will find ways to amuse themselves, especially if you can supply some rudimentary toys. This may also be a good time to get away from the idea that play should be educational or S.T.E.M.-enhancing.Still, children may not want to play on their own.

Identify The  Speakers

Steven Mintz, the author of Huck’s Raft: A History of American Childhood: The pandemic has exaggerated and intensified the worst features of children’s play today: adult intrusion; the decline of physical, outdoor and social play; and mediation by screens.”

Tom Hodgkinson, author of The Idle Parent:  Feeling that we ought to keep kids happy and entertained is a comparatively modern mind-set and speaks to certain resources and luxuries. Instead of trying to prevent boredom, maybe welcome it and see what children do.”

Lenore Skenazy, president of Let Grow, a nonprofit promoting childhood independence:  “The thing to remember is that kids want to help, so try to get them in the habit of doing some of those things.”