It’s been a fantastic month of programming this March, with three multi-week programs for children. On Monday, we finished our toddler music series, Jump and Dance with Jaime Currier, this Tuesday and Wednesday we’ll finish our wildly popular 1st and 2nd grade series Picture Books and More, and on Thursday, our newest after school series, Stories and Science for Kindergartners, winds down.
Jump and Dance with Jaime Currier (Monday mornings)
Twenty children ages 18 months to five years gathered on Monday mornings to go on a musical journey with Jaime Currier. With her ukulele as her companion, Jaime weaved musical adventures each week. She’s a big believer in getting kids moving to the rhythm of the music. Scarves were also a big hit with all the kids. In the last class, she asked for requests and it was no surprise when the toddler-set yelled “Let it Snow!” Jaime knew all three verses and belted them out with all the kids singing right along with her. Bravo! We’re hoping to have Jaime back for a summer concert for our Little Sprouts series.
Serpents, Sirens and Silly Sea Creatures (Tuesdays and Wednesdays after school)
Serpents, Sirens and Silly Sea Creatures brought twenty-five enthusiastic first and second graders together to hear stories, make crafts, and enjoy a snack based on the theme. Kids listened to sea-themed stories including Pirate vs. Pirate and Cyrus the Unsinkable Sea Serpent and then made a craft to go along with the stories. They turned paper bags into sea otters and pirates, paper plates into sea turtles and goldfish, and foam poster board into sea-life collages. Snacks are also a highlight for this program, which are always creatively tied to the theme. We’ll be offering this program again in October with a new theme and activities.
Stories and Science for Kindergartners (Thursdays after school)
Twenty-five kindergarten scientists joined us each Thursday afternoon to learn about the weather, gravity, water, and light. After listening to stories about the science topic of the day and enjoying a healthy snack, the kindergartners divided into two groups to observe, question, and try hands-on activities that helped them learn more about these topics. We used shaving cream, water, and food coloring to simulate a rain cloud and rain. Water, a little vinegar, dish soap, and glitter in a two-liter bottle and vigorous circular motion helped show how tornadoes occur. Kindergartners love to learn through hands-on activities. Kindergartners are curious, ask wonderful questions, and are always ready for the next activity. We’re looking forward to a Hands-on Science Drop-in Program in August, and we’ll do Stories and Science again in October.