Stories & Science for Kindergarteners was a hands-on science program we launched this spring that was inspired by STEAM programming. If you haven’t heard of STEAM, it stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. The incorporation of STEAM programming at the library is a natural fit and the foundation for our upcoming Summer Reading Program: Full STEAM Ahead. At the library we have a unique opportunity to reach children in non-traditional ways. We can provide educationally focused programs, like Stories and Science, that are just plain fun, no homework, no tests, no pressure. Since the development of STEAM skills, such as observation, analyzing, and reflecting, is such an important aspect of a young child’s future success in school and life, we want children to explore the world around them starting right here at the library.
This March, 25 kids enjoyed each session of our inaugural Stories & Science for Kindergarteners. Children arrived directly after school for a short story, a healthy snack, and science activities based on the story. The children explored the concepts of color mixing, strength and materials, plants, and the human body. Here you can see the kids building houses out of straw, just like the Three Little Pigs. Later they listened to each others’ heart beating through a simple tube. The children asked questions and investigated new ideas while interacting with each other and had a great time. Everyone left with take-home science activities designed to further their exploration of each concept. Each take-home science activity sheet can be found below.
- At-home experiments with color
- At-home experiments with plants
- At-home experiments with the human body
- At-home experiments with building
With the success of this program, we hope to hold Stories & Science for Kindergarteners twice a year, in the fall and spring.
Funding for the March 2014 session of Stories & Science for Kindergartners was made possible by a grant from the Walker Rezaian Memorial Fund.