Fill a clear cup, pie tin, or bowl with water. Sprinkle pepper on the surface. Dip your finger in soap and gently touch the center of the floating pepper. Watch what happens. #STEM Ask lots of science language questions! What do you predict will happen when we sprinkle the pepper? Will it sink or float? Let's experiment!
Young children are hard-wired to be natural scientists. They are full of questions, often non-stop, and young minds at this age are especially ripe for learning concepts that lay down the neural pathways for future science learning. When children participate in STEM playgroups they learn to observe, describe, categorize, communicate, record, experiment, predict, generalize, relate to prior experiences, problem solve, collaborate, and use tools.
This week in STEM w/ Julie at the TOHP Burnham Library, on Wednesday at 3:00-3:45, children will experience building bridges that support dinosaurs! Please register if you wish to come. All children will receive a blank book and crayons to begin recording their own scientific journal. Come to all or come to some.
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At Musical Story Time Jam we have been reading the book "I Can Share" by Karen Katz. This has opened up many conversations about sharing and it has inspired sharing in class. The ability to share and be respectful of others is an essential skill for children to learn before they enter school.
Enjoy this handout from the Center For Social and Emotional Learning called Book Nook. It suggests prompts and activities for reading this book, such as art projects and discussion topics. Check it out! Book Nook for I Can Share. Enjoy reading this book at home! We will read it tomorrow in Essex and we will start a new book after the Thanksgiving holiday.
Exploration! We will read The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson. We will talk about exploring the world and how seemingly small actions can make a big difference. M is for Museum participants can make a colorful paper plate snail.
Poppets is at 9:30am - 10am, for 18 months through age 3. M Is For Museum is at 10:30am-11:30am and for ages 3+. Please RSVP for this program! Admission is FREE with registration via the Early Childhood Partners office! RSVP HERE!
Ok, turn up the volume! Below you will find videos of We Are The Dinosaurs (you will have to click on the You Tube link), Blue Skies, Mama Paquita (You will have to click on the You Tube link. Remember that fun group dance from earlier this season?) and Chopin for settling down at the end of the day. Hope everybody had a great snow day! -Lisa
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
Cozy Corner by-the-Sea starts on Saturday, 10/1, at the Manchester Library, 15 Union Street. This is open for all families with children 0-5. It is a really sweet way to start the weekend!
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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!
Lisa Cheney, CFCE Coordinator, Hamilton-Wenham RSD.
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