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.
11/30/2016 0 Comments
De-Stress & Enjoy! Practical tips and strategies to reduce stress in your family during the winter holidays. This lunch time parent workshop is on Monday, 12/5, at 12:15pm at Hamilton-Wenham Library. Bring a lunch and bring your baby, toddler, or preschooler. We will have blocks, books, and other toys in the same room as the workshop so that you can bring your child. RSVP REQUIRED! Call or text Lisa at 978-468-5489, email at email@example.com, or RSVP online by clicking the button below.
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.
This group will be in Beverly at the McKeown School and it is run by a neighboring CFCE that serves Beverly, Danvers, Peabody, Boxford, Topsfield and Middleton. Check it out! You can't sign up for this with me. You must sign up at the link on the flyer. Every town and city in the Commonwealth has a CFCE that offers many programs for families and children. You can also find statewide events at www.BrainBuildingInProgress.org.
Have you ever thought about becoming a licensed Family Child Care Provider? There are no home providers in Hamilton, Wenham or Manchester. If you are interested in filling that gap, read on.
1) Contact the Department of Early Education and Care to attend a Potential Provider Meeting: Call the Department of Early Education and Care (978-681-9684) to attend a Potential Provider Meeting. Location is 360 Merrimack Street, Lawrence, MA 01843, building 9, third floor. There is no fee for this meeting. At the conclusion of this meeting you will be given the application to be licensed.
2) Attend a Family Child Care Orientation at Child Care Circuit: The dates for Family Child Care Orientations are listed on the Training Calendar on the Child Care Circuit website: (www.childcarecircuit.org/professionals/calendar.asp). If you do not have access to a computer, you may pick up a listing of the dates in the first floor lobby at Child Care Circuit in Lawrence. Select a date to attend the training.
All Family Child Care Orientations are on a "walk-in, first come/first served" basis.
Registration for the training begins one hour prior to the beginning of the training.
The fee for the Orientation is $30.00 and must be paid in Cash or by Money Order.
Please note: you must bring your certificate from the Potential Provider Meeting to the Orientation to be admitted.
Children or other companions are not allowed in the trainings.
3) Become certified in First Aid and CPR for infants and children: Call the local Red Cross office or your local hospital to find a First Aid and CPR class for infants and children. The fee for this class will vary.
4) Complete the application and mail with appropriate paper work to the Department of Early Education and Care: The address is on the application. The fee is $100.
Write or say a sequence of numbers and leave one out. What number was left out?
1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7? What's missing?
Play this game throughout the day. Try it by counting out groups of legos, baby carrots, and even try letters.
A, B, C, D, F, G? What's missing?
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Save the date! Monday, April 13th at 6:30pm is our Second Annual Brain Building In Progress Family Fun Night! Meet members of the community, schools, friends, arts, crafts, music, books and more!
Lisa Cheney, CFCE Coordinator, Hamilton-Wenham RSD.
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