At LCLD, we’re committed to community education and entertainment. Recently, we’ve become interested in how our libraries can help children and youth explore STEM learning in a relaxed, fun way. According to the Idaho Commission for Libraries, “STEM stands for “Science Technology Engineering Math.” The acronym is used to refer to those areas of study which are encompassed by a wide range of sciences. The last decade has seen an increase in STEM education and programming at all levels.”
Many adults have less-than-fond memories of math and science classes. As parents of preschoolers, we may think, “I was terrible at math and science, and it was boring, too. There’s no way I can help my child learn about those topics. I’ll just have to wait for school to start.”
Have you helped your child learn to count? Have you explained that caterpillars change into butterflies, or that plants come from seeds? Then you’ve already started helping your child learn about math and science, and you may not have even realized it. See how easy that was? Better yet, talking about math and science helps your child build vocabulary and reasoning skills, which will make learning to read much easier.
On September 21, 2013, at 10:30 am, Moscow Public Library is hosting Fun with Math and Science, a family workshop for caregivers and children ages 2-6 sponsored by the ICfL. Using hands-on activity stations, we’ll learn how easily parents can incorporate discussion of math and science concepts into every day life. Activities will be self-guided, but youth services staff will be on hand to answer questions and join the fun. The first 25 participating families will receive a FREE paperback book and a FREE USB drive loaded with STEM resources.
Can’t make it? Try the STEM gameboard for free online games and experiments. Remember, these games are most effective if you and your child enjoy them together.
For more information on events at LCLD, visit our online events calendar. See you soon!