Summer Fun in a Jar
Now that summer break is in full swing, you’re probably looking for ways to counter summer learning loss and keep kids mentally and physically active. This month’s Upbeat News is full of ideas to entertain and educate kids while school is out. Because your summer is just as busy as your kids’ is, in this newsletter we are highlighting our In a Jar ® products, which can be quickly adapted to any time frame or age group. We also share activities to boost kids’ imaginations and keep them thinking over the summer and ideas from Free Spirit author Amadee Ricketts on how to keep your storytime interesting.

New Release Spotlight
Add an element of visual learning to your classroom with these simple, ready-made doodles and inventive drawing prompts. Re-create the drawing on the card for all to see. Then, invite students to continue the doodle to see where their imaginations take them!

Tips & Tools from the Free Spirit Blog
Amadee Ricketts, author of Gentle Hands and Other Sing-Along Songs for Social-Emotional Learning , offers tips on changing up your storytime routine to reflect the energy and fun of summer. Read now.
Susan Daniels, Ph.D., author of Visual Learning and Teaching: An Essential Guide for Educators K–8 , discusses how imagination can be encouraged to promote a child’s learning and well-being. Read now.
Educational grants available for your school or community:

The American Honda Foundation supports education with a specific focus on science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training, and literacy. It engages in grant making that reflects the basic tenets, beliefs, and philosophies of Honda companies, which are characterized by the following qualities: imaginative, creative, youthful, scientific, humanistic, and innovative.

The foundation seeks proposals from programs that have a well-defined sense of purpose, a commitment to making the best use of available resources, a reputation for accomplishing their objectives, innovative and creative methods, a broad scope, a high potential for success, dedication to improving the human condition of all mankind, financial and administrative soundness, and an urgent need of funding from a priority basis.

Eligibility: Public, Private, Charter, Other (including homeschool and 501 (c)(3) organizations).
Prize: Awards range from $20,000 to $75,000 over a one-year period.
Deadline: For new applicants, applications are due February 1 and August 1, annually. For returning applicants, applications are due May 1, annually.

The Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) awards ecoSolution Grants to support solution-oriented, youth-led projects that result in real environmental outcomes. Projects must be solution-oriented, project-based, performed by youth, and have real environmental outcomes.

Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations and schools with an annual operating budget of less than $3 million. Grants support the purchase of materials and other expenses required to implement the project. Preference is given to projects that have secured matching or in-kind funding. Applications must be submitted online.

Eligibility: Public, Private, Charter, Other (including homeschool and 501 (c)(3) organizations).
Prize: Awards range from $500 to $2,500.
Deadline: Applications are accepted January 16 through July 15 and July 16 through January 15, annually.
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Learn more about the amazing character of elephants in this story from Barbara A. Lewis’s book Building Character with True Stories from Nature, a flexible resource that combines character education with analogies to powerful stories from nature.
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July 17: Free Webinar presented by Susan Daniels: " Developing a Visual Learning and Teaching Toolbox"

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“Love and happiness remind me of sticky peanut butter.
When you spread them around, you can’t help but end up getting some on yourself!”
—Marsha Jordan, founder of the Hugs and Hope Foundation for Sick Children