Countdown to Lift Off
In July, here at Learning Zone we are making plans to go to the moon and maybe even to Mars. No, we haven’t joined the new Space Force. We are stepping into the shoes of space scientists and explorers – as astronomers tracking the stars, as astronauts examining moon rocks, as aerospace engineers designing space craft.
While our older children are concentrating exclusively on exploring space, our younger children are also studying the body. They are studying about the human body and also itsy-bitsy bodies.
Our STEAM Curriculum
These studies are part of our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) curriculum that we offer at Learning Zone. Here learning is powered by imagination. As psychological and scientific research demonstrate, children develop their cognitive and social skills through the use of their imagination and hands on interaction. Click this link to learn more about the learning philosophy for our child care facilities in Murfreesboro and Nashville.
Making “Steam” at Home
As the children explore space and study about bodies they learn through many hands-on activities. The possibilities are just about as endless as space itself. While we study these things at school, we like to encourage parents to join in with activities at home.
Here are some things that you can do at home with your children:
- Sing songs such as “The Itsy-Bitsy Spider” and “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”. Then talk about a spider’s eight legs and what stars are made of.
- Read story books such as the Dr. Zeus book called “There’s No Place Like Space.”
- Make a rocket ship out of cardboard boxes.
- Go star gazing in your back yard and find the Big Dipper.
- Talk about how Ladybugs are useful in the garden. Then make a mobile out of construction paper and paper plates to hang outside.
- Watch the YouTube video by Pinkfong and learn the song that teaches the names of the eight planets.