I’m thrilled to be guest posting on the ALSC blog today to share a science program I offer at my library. Little Scientists is a preschool program geared for children between the ages of 3 ½ to 5 years old. The activities in my science programs are designed to introduce preschoolers to the wonders of science while satisfying their growing curiosity through books and interactive, hands-on learning.
In each 4-6 week session we cover a variety of topics from Forces, Plants and Living Things, “Kitchen Science”, All about Me (Body Science), The Science of Colors, and Weather among others. Each weekly program begins with the sharing of a picture book or simple non-fiction on the related topic before we move into the hands-on activities. Though the program is “adult directed”-meaning I guide the children through the activities, I ensure there is time for children to explore the activities further and encourage them to ask a ton of questions.
I should say that I don’t have a science background at all and in the beginning there was a bit of a learning curve but I believe the work has been worth it. Little Scientists is an extremely popular program with spots filling within an hour of registration and we always have a waiting list. The nature of the program means a smaller group works best for facilitation and therefore program size is limited to 15.
Two resource books that I would be lost without!
Feedback has been fantastic over the years and we are going into our 5th year of providing the program. One thing I find fascinating is that the children who attend our science program aren’t in my “regular” story times. The parents often drive from all areas around our city to have their children attend. As a result of the interest in this type of programming I began offering “Little Artists, Little Illustrators” and this Fall I’ll be offering “Little Music Makers.”
I’d love to know if you offer a similar program at your library. If you have questions about the program or would like more information don’t hesitate to contact me.
Our guest blogger today is Jen Watson. Jen is a children’s programmer in a library setting where she plans, implements and facilitates programs for all ages. Visit her blog about YA literature at www.lostinthelibrary.com and her blog about storytimes and library programming at www.storytimewithjen.com. Contact Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org
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