An opportunity for you and your preschooler to come learn and grow together.
These one hour hands-on science workshops are designed for children ages 3 – 5 with an accompanying adult. These series of workshops will provide informal learning experiences that support and enhance exploration, create excitement and facilitate learning. Check-in begins at 9:15 a.m. and program starts promptly at 9:30 a.m.
Member Series Fee - $42
Non-Member Series Fee - $57
Per one adult/child pair. A series is three workshops.
Member Semester Bundle - $150
Non-Member Semester Bundle - $215
Includes all four series in a given semester.
My Five Senses
Thursdays: September 3, 10, 17
Fridays: September 4, 11, 18
What’s that smell? That feels funny! Join us as we investigate the world using our 5 senses.
Thursdays: October 1, 8, 15
Fridays: October 2, 9, 16
How did that caterpillar become a butterfly? Does a rock need water? Come find the answers to these questions and many more as we explore the world of living things.
Thursdays: October 29, November 5, 12
Fridays: October 30, November 6, 13
Winter, spring, summer, and fall. Let’s check out what makes each one different and unique!
Fun with Forces
Thursdays: December 3, 10, 17
Fridays: December 4, 11, 18
We will explore the forces of energy and motion through observations, explorations and experiments. Put your safety goggles on and let’s check it out!
Thursdays: January 28, February 4, 11
Fridays: January 29, February 5, 12
There is a lot to be done in our towns and cities: Houses to build, people to make well, and fires to put out. Come learn about police, firefighters, doctors, nurses, construction workers and more in our community.
Thursdays: February 25, March 3, 10
Fridays: February 26, March 4, 11
Saturdays: March 5, 12, 19
Let’s “go wild,” studying our natural world. From the smallest insect to a giant giraffe, you’ll see the animal kingdom from a whole new perspective.
The Shapes of Things
Thursdays: March 31, April 7, 14
Fridays: April 1, 8, 15
Shapes and colors are all around you. Can you name the shape that your house makes? Or the color of your shoe lace? Join us as we explore the colors and shapes that make up your world.
Thursday: April 28, May 5, 12
Friday: April 29, May 6, 13
Calling all pint sized Paleontologists!! Join us while we learn how dinosaurs lived and what they ate as we put together these puzzle pieces from the past!
Teaming up with the Active Network, workshop registration can be done online anytime. All the forms are now part of the registration system so it is that much easier to complete the process. Plus the software has automated wait lists and more.
25 April 2012
Posted in Little Learners
Getting your child to actually go outside to play and interact with other children is a big deal. A 2010 study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that children ages 8-18 spend an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes a day using various media. With all of these distractions, how can parents pry their children away from the screen and ensure they will develop necessary social skills? For some tips and methods to help expose your child to cooperative play we sat down with early childhood specialist Melanie Turner:With so many children nowadays busy with texting, gaming, and watching TV, what are some techniques parents can use to get their children to unplug and go outside?
Parents need to remember that they are the parent. I would recommend restricting the amount of time they are able to watch TV, play on the computer, on the phone, video games and any other electronics. When they are participating in the above activities they should be closely supervised by a parent. I also would highly recommend having family meal times. When dining, make sure all electronics are off and engage them in conversation. Encourage your child to enjoy active play by sending them outside for certain amounts of time. If your child has certain interests encourage those interests. For example, if they like to ride bikes make sure they have access to a good bicycle and helmet. If your child likes to play soccer make sure there is a soccer ball around. If possible have items like hula hoops, side walk chalk or jump ropes around the house to provide a variety of things they can choose from. It is ideal if you can go out and participate as well. When a child sees that you are enjoying an activity they are 10 times more likely to enjoy it and participate. Do some messy activities outside. Encourage your children to use their imagination and don’t be afraid to use yours!Especially with younger children, what are some ways parents can introduce their child to play?
There are so many ways! Young children are just beginning to explore their world. Children explore the world through their senses. Almost everything a child does when they are young is play and helps them to grow and gain knowledge of the world around them. You can start at very young age by playing peek-a-boo. Then as they grow provide things that appeal to their senses. Read books to them and make silly voices for all the characters in the story. Let them know it’s ok to get messy by letting them play with play dough, bubbles, and shaving cream. Give them a cabinet in the kitchen that has pots and pans, plastic spoons and Tupperware that are just for them to play music or to just play. You are a key ingredient to your child’s play. Provide an environment where it is safe for them to play.If a child is hesitant about playing with other children, what are some methods parents can use to remedy the situation?
There are a number of ways that parents can help their child deal with interactions with other children of which I will mention a few. One is make sure that you are providing opportunities for your child to interact with other children. Either through play groups, other neighborhood kids, church groups, one day or more of preschool a week, taking your child to places like the Orlando Science Center and/or enrolling them in classes like our Early Childhood Series. Also, make sure you are taking the time to play with them. Follow your child’s lead when playing. Try not to correct or dominate the play but contribute to and advance the ideas, offer suggestions. Most importantly, remember to have fun!
Lastly, take a problem solving approach. If your child is having difficulty with someone in their peer group, a sibling or a friend, help them walk through the problem. You don’t always have to have the answers. Help your child consider various solutions and perspectives. Ask leading questions and help your child consider the problem themselves. This way as your child continues to face new and different problems with people now, they will know how to better cope and come up with solutions as they get older.