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How to Run a Lemonade Stand

Summer is ripe for learning. Even though the textbooks and pencils are put away for the year, you can still teach your children hands-on life lessons. By encouraging your kids to run a lemonade stand, you can pass on these valuable skills: cooking, working as a team, and handling money. Entrepreneurship is a rare gem in our future generation, yet it is one we wish our children will learn. With some preparation, learning economics and handing out cookies and lemonade can go hand in hand. Here’s how to get started:

  • Make a sign. In order for you to attract customers, they must know you exist! Paint the sign with bright colors and large letters so that it is easy to read. One of the best ways to advertise is to make a two-sided sign to that people on both sides of the street will have time to consider stopping at your lemonade stand before they pass it.
  • Create a menu. When people do come to your little shop, they will want to know what you have to offer. (You may want to add the choices on your sign.) Besides lemonade, some other special treats may be popular as well. For example, chocolate chip cookies or brownies are an easy option that kids can bake. Also, different varieties of beverages, such as strawberry or blueberry lemonade, can attract more customers. Your children can also make small “candy kebobs” to sell for another special option by arranging different types of candies onto a stick.
  • Use dispensers instead of pitchers. In order to prevent spills from occurring, and to save some napkins, put all of the beverages in dispensers so that there will be a smooth transition to the cup. Don’t forget to use colorful straws!
  • Employ a cash box. Using a box for the proceeds not only will keep the money safe, but will also make it much easier to count and organize when needing to give change.

And of course, don’t forget to smile!

Styles, Camille. “How to Set Up a Summer Lemonade Stand.” Food Network, Food Network, 30 Mar. 2017, www.foodnetwork.com/grilling/summer-parties/photos/how-to-set-up-a-summer-lemonade-stand.

Stay Cool

The weather is hot, but we don’t want to be! As summer gradually comes upon us, the average temperatures will begin to rise – especially during the daytime when the sun is at its brightest. If the temperature is above 90 degrees, it is often unpleasant to go out of doors. However, nobody likes to be stuck inside all day! Thankfully, you can have a happy medium. Here are some ways to burn off some extra energy without overheating in the hot sun:

  • Have a water balloon fight. While only spending a few bucks at your local dollar store, you can still get the kids outside without worrying about heat exhaustion! Just dress up in your bathing suits, fill up those water balloons, and you’re all set!
  • Go ice skating. When it is simply too hot to do anything outside, find your local indoor ice rink and cool off there!
  • Enjoy a frozen treat. Have a lovely snack such as frozen berries or popsicles to satisfy your sweet tooth as well as keep you cool.
  • Go to the grocery store. Most grocery stores have strong air conditioning in order to keep the food from spoiling. If you really want to cool down, head to the freezer aisle for a few minutes!
  • Put your sheets in the freezer before bed. If you do not have air conditioning, try freezing your sheets for a few hours before you go to sleep. This will help you stay cool as you get a good night’s rest.
  • Drink water. This is quite obvious, but a glass of ice water is certainly refreshing on a hot day.
  • Go swimming. Head over to your local lake, pond, or pool and jump right in!

Have fun, and stay cool!

The History of Our Nation’s Independence

This country, the greatest on earth, enables its citizens to live freely under certain guidelines of law. However, those of us who live in the twenty-first century often forget the lives that those American soldiers gave up in order to pass on that freedom to our generation. As we approach the anniversary of our nation’s independence, we ought to remember those who put their lives into the hands of their enemies in order to save this country. Since they sacrificed so much for us, it is only reasonable that we take time to teach ourselves and others about the history of our nation’s independence and the utter importance of keeping this country free.

After the new world was colonized, the pilgrims had little governmental regulations. When the French and Indian War ended in 1763, however, unpopular British policies began to plague this new country. Here is a list of things that spurred on the War for Independence and eventually brought about freedom in our nation:

  • In February of 1763, after the signing of the Treaty of Paris, the British still continued to fight Indian rebellions. As a result of the costliness of these wars, Britain imposed taxes and produced other regulations that began to anger the colonists.
  • The following year, the British passed the Grenville Acts and the Currency Act. These aimed to raise revenue owed from the French and Indian War and prohibited the colonies from issuing paper currency respectively.
  • In 1765, Parliament passed the Stamp Act, which greatly angered colonists. This new act was the first direct tax placed on the colonies. By the end of the year, the citizens of the states utterly refused to use and purchase stamps, which stopped business almost entirely.
  • Next year, the Stamp Act was repealed, and the colonists continued to fight against other unpopular acts.
  • 1767 was the year in which the Townshend Acts were passed. These produced many more regulations which further angered the colonists.
  • In 1768, Samuel Adams and the Massachusetts Assembly sent a letter to the British Parliament protesting the Townshend Acts, and many other legislative assemblies promoted it also. However, Parliament continued to enforce their acts of taxation.
  • In March of 1770, the infamous Boston Massacre occurred. This action was later held as propaganda against the British government with the death of five colonists and the injury of six.
  • Later, in 1773, the angered colonists reacted by dumping a shipment of tea into the harbor, also known as the Boston Tea Party.
  • In 1774 and 1775, more and more actions of Britain angered the colonists. These events were at a climax when Patrick Henry said in his famous speech, “give me liberty or give me death!”

As you can see, these events would anger anyone under the authority of a government. The colonists of the New World knew what was going on would eventually lead to more aggravation and injury. In order to protect the rights of their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, those who lived in the new-found land of America followed the path they believed to be right, even when those who had power over them were not. As we celebrate Independence Day, never forget from what you have been made free, and always remember to fight for those freedoms which cost the lives of so many Americans in years past.

Happy Independence Day! We at EverBright Learning wish you and your family a happy and blessed Independence Day! We’ll return to you next week with more educational and inspirational content to assist you through your homeschooling journey.

How Do Fireworks Work?

Everyone enjoys a nice show of fireworks with their sparkling colors and shimmering lights. In just a short week, Independence Day will be here, and so will the explosions of these interesting chemical reactions. Interestingly, the Chinese are credited with creating fireworks many centuries ago somewhere between 960 and 1279 A.D. At special events and celebrations, citizens of China would shoot off fireworks for pleasure, and sometimes to ward off evil spirits. It was not until July 4th, 1776 that the United States used these celebratory contraptions, even though they had already been used in England for quite a while. Now, let’s jump into how fireworks are formed and how they make their intricate designs in the sky.

  • First of all, in order to build an enjoyable display, one must have a strong knowledge of both chemistry and physics, as many elements are used to create chemical reactions.
  • In order to create certain colors, different physical elements are used. Magnesium creates a bright white light, while strontium and lithium each showcase a different shade of red. The most dangerous colors to form, blues and greens, are formed from barium and copper.
  • Other elements also produce varying effects for each firework. Calcium deepens colors, while titanium tends to produce silver sparks. Phosphorus creates a glow in the dark effect, and zinc employs a smoking effect.
  • Now, here is what goes into each firework:Black powder, as a propellant
    • Mortar, that creates the outer cylinder container
    • A shell, made from paper and string, which is cut in half and filled with stars
    • Stars, the chemical compounds that actually react and explode
    • A bursting charge, a substance in the middle of the stars, which causes them to ignite
    • A fuse, which allows for a time-delayed explosion
  • In order to make combinations of effects without causing the other chemicals to mix, shells are split into many separate sections. The first one ignites, which then causes the second to ignite, and so on. As a result, various effects can be seen at the same time.
  • Fireworks produce a pattern that corresponds with the way that their stars were packed into the shell. If the stars were placed in a heart shape, a flag shape, or a smiley-face shape, that is the way they would appear in the night sky.

Now that you know the basics of fireworks, you can appreciate the hard work that went into creating each one!

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Summer Solstice

Tomorrow is the first official day of summer! Say goodbye to long school days and hello to nights full of laughter, love, and thankfulness. With warm weather and more hours of daylight, you and your family can enjoy having cookouts on the back deck or watching the sunset as you roast marshmallows by the fire. As spring draws to a close, however, this means that we are approaching the summer solstice— also known as the longest day of the year. Although every day has the same 24 hours, June 21st will have more ‘day’ time, as the sun will be visible for more hours than any other occasion of the year. Here are some interesting facts about the summer solstice, and the science behind why it happens:

  • The summer solstice is also referred to as the estival solstice, or midsummer. Perhaps this was the night to which Shakespeare was referring when he wrote one of his famous plays!
  • This natural phenomenon occurs when a planet’s rotational axis or geographical pole is most inclined toward the star that it orbits, which in our case, is the sun.
  • In the Northern Hemisphere, this solstice occurs somewhere between the dates of June 20th and June 22nd.
  • However, in the Southern Hemisphere, it happens between December 20th and December 23rd, since it is on the opposite side of the globe and thus not as inclined toward the sun as is its partner hemisphere.
  • It is during this time that the sun reaches its highest altitude in reference to the earth’s geographical poles.
  • In some polar regions, there are periods of time when the sun is shining 24 hours a day for a period of a few days to six months surrounding the summer solstice.
  • The word “solstice” comes from the Latin language. Sol means “sun” and sistere is translated “to stand still.” Therefore, the name basically means, “The sun stands still.”

As you enjoy the longest day of the year, don’t forget to tell those around you about how “the sun stands still.”

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Father’s Day

Father’s Day, celebrated on the third Sunday of June, is a special day to honor those men who have invested priceless time and energy into our physical, emotional, and spiritual well-beings. For many, this is a day to honor parents, grandparents, or even special mentors who took on fatherly roles. As you celebrate the companionship and protection that your father – earthly or Heavenly — gave you, remember the years of lessons taught and laughter shared. Below is a list of verses that you can think about as you celebrate this Father’s Day.

  • Proverbs 20:7 – The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.
  • Proverbs 4:1 – Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.
  • Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
  • Psalms 103:13 – Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.
  • Ephesians 6:4 – And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
  • 3 John 1:4 – I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

Happy Father’s Day!

Make a Flag Cake

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Memorial Day Pinwheels

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Springtime Sunburn

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