What Happens in Summer? What is the Summer Solstice? Summer Facts for Kids

 

    • Summer is one of the four seasons.  The four seasons are Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall (Autumn).
    • Summer begins on the Summer Solstice which occurs on or around June 20th or June 22nd.
    • The Summer Solstice is when the Earth’s axis is tilted toward the sun.  During Winter the Earth’s axis is tilted away from the sun.
    • Summer ends on the Autumnal Equinox in September.
    • The longest day of the year occurs on the Summer Solstice.
    • The word solstice comes from the Latin words sol meaning sun and sistere meaning to stand still.
    • Did you know that when it is Summer in the Northern Hemisphere such as the United States it is winter in the Southern Hemisphere such as Australia.
    • The month June got it’s name from the Roman goddess Juno queen of the gods and patroness of weddings and marriage.
    • The month July was named after Julius Caesar.
    • The month August was named after Caesar’s son Augustus.
    • The month September got it’s name from the Latin word septem meaning 7.  On the Roman calendar September was the 7th month.
    • The U.S holiday Independence Day or 4th of July and Labor Day are two holiday’s celebrated in Summer.
    • In the U.S the most ice cream is sold in the month of July.
    • The Eiffel Tower in France can grow up to 6 inches during the Summer!  How?  The Eiffel Tower is made out of the metal iron.  The heat from the hot summer days causes the iron to expand making the tower stretch up to 6 inches.
    • Kids you need to thank Horace Mann.  In 1840 educator/politician Horace Mann started School Summer Vacations!  He believed that over stimulating the minds of children could cause them stress and that they needed a break. The kids thank you Mr. Mann!