Last week at Sweet Dreams Story Makers we made glitter glue art. Just drizzle glue on paper, fold and press, and open it up to see what happens. This activity strenghtens tiny hand muscles by squeezing the glue bottles and it develops fine motor skills when we encourage the child to gently hold the ends of the paper to open it up. It develops literacy skills as we engage in conversations and stories about the art. Is it a bug? A butterfly? An umbrella? Why do you think that? What happens if we add more paint? Let's do another. Parents and children participated together in this activity for a half an hour. It took me a while to wipe the glitter glue off the tables, but it was worth it. -Lisa
For the past few weeks I have been working with our partners to get ready for summer STEM/STEAM playgroups. Naturally, I am often asked, "So, what exactly is STEM?" and "What is STEAM? How is that different from STEM?"
STEM is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. It becomes STEAM when we add the "A", for Arts. We group these areas together because they are intertwined in how we understand the world. It is a process and it is a way of thinking.
The other question I get is, "Really, for toddlers and Pre-K children?"
The answer is YES! Young children are natural scientists. Even the littlest babies are constantly exploring and experimenting.
Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.-Carl Sagan
Around age three children begin to develop science process skills such as the ability predict, observe, describe, categorize, generalize, and make connections that relate to prior and current experiments.
On top of all of that, STEM/STEAM experiences are fun and support learning for young children for so many reasons!
The STEM/STEAM classes are going to be a blast and I am really excited! Below you can learn more about what to expect by viewing the cute handout we are using to accompany our STEM/STEAM themed playgroups this summer. Each child will receive a copy of I Am A Scientist! as a leaflet for you to take home and explore. They will also receive a blank notebook & crayons so that together you can record their observations. Asking questions, talking about the world, and recording it (even if you do the recording) is a natural way to foster your child's language and literacy skills.
Early Childhood Partners/CFCE or Hamilton-Wenham & Manchester
Celebrates Brain Building in Progress Week
Our 3rd Annual Brain Building In Progress Night provided resources to families in Hamilton-Wenham & Manchester
to support families and promote early learning
Hamilton – Early Childhood Partners/CFCE of Hamilton-Wenham & Manchester is joining communities across the state in hosting special events this month to recognize the importance of young’s children’s healthy development and learning. April 10-16 is “Brain Building in Progress Week” in Massachusetts, celebrating the importance of enriching and engaging environments that offer learning opportunities for young children.
Brain Building in Progress is a statewide campaign led by the Department of Early Education and Care and United Way to raise awareness of the critical importance of fostering the cognitive, social and emotional development of young children by emphasizing its future impact on the economic prosperity of everyone in Massachusetts. Brain Building in Progress Week also occurs during the national Week of the Young Child.
Early Childhood Partners and the Hamilton-Wenham Library hosted a Family Fun Night on Tuesday, April 12th, from 6pm-7:30pm bringing families together to offer information on how to foster healthy child development, fun activities, as well as opportunities to learn more about programs in the area that support young children and their families. Peter Stewart, of Wenham, provided live music and local partners provided activities and games; Acord Food Pantry, Department of Children & Families, Northeast Arc Early Intervention-Cape Ann, Evalyn Lawnsby Counseling. Girl Scouts, Hamilton Fire Department, Magic Years Nursery School, Peer Projects Therapy from the Heart, Tracey Hutchinson of SEPAC and Keller Williams, Wenham Museum, & WIC.
The Brain Building in Progress Campaign promotes the important role everyone can play in building young children’s brains.
“Brain Building in Progress Week celebrates the businesses, local organizations, elected officials and early childhood programs that are coming together to give young children the best possible foundation for their future learning,” said Michael K. Durkin, president at United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley. “Together, we can do more than any of us can alone to ensure the educational success of all children.”
The campaign’s website, brainbuildinginprogress.org, has resources for parents, caregivers, organizations and businesses to use throughout the year. These include “Brain Building” activity guides for families and educators, a searchable calendar of “Brain Building” activities across the state, a “Brain Building” Zone Finder that lists places that support “brain building” such as museums and libraries, and marketing resources for organizations to hold a Brain Building event or for businesses to create their own Brain Building Zones.
Early Childhood Partners of Hamilton-Wenham & Manchester serves families with children 0-8 and is your local Coordinated Family & Community Engagement grantee. Funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and held by Hamilton-Wenham RSD, we provide free playgroups, parent workshops, developmental screenings, community resources, and child care referrals. For more information visit www.EarlyChildhoodPartners.weebly.com.
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This morning we held the I Am A Brain Builder parent enrichment workshop at Winthrop School. If you missed it, we are doing it again on 3/10 at Memorial School in Manchester. We discussed how brains develop and the impact of stress on learning. Check out this video.
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Join Susie tomorrow at Manchester Library at 10:30am Cozy Corner-by-theSea. She will read Seals On The Bus by Lenny Hort and illustrated by G. Brian Karas along with a few other favorite books. Probably a Banana dance tossed in there, too. Go to story time, then go someplace in downtown Manchester for some hot chocolate, and then go out and play in the snow!
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It was another Cold and Frosty morning and we warmed up by singing, dancing, and reading stories at Manchester Historical Museum.
Check out the sparkly shoes! Enjoy! She was VERY proud to have her picture taken and I am posting this right away so that her parents can show it to her on the computer. Have a great day! - Lisa
We are Brain Building In Progress!
The regulars at Sweet Dreams Story Makers at Hamilton-Wenham Library on Tuesday evenings know that when Susie gets the shakers out, It's BANANA TIME!
Electric Bananas by Mr. Billy is a fun and upbeat song with lots of STOP & GO and that builds up your child's Inhibitory Control skill. It is important to play Stop & Go games with kids because it helps develop body awareness. Children learn to practice self-control, reinforce listening skills, and develop muscle control.
Below is a You Tube Video of the Electric Bananas song. Turn it up loud and dance all around! And GO. And STOP!
THIS is Brain Building in Progress! TURN IT UP!
Lisa Cheney, CFCE Coordinator, Hamilton-Wenham RSD.
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