Your Winter Park Public Library (WPPL) provides complimentary and “Storytime Math” classes geared to science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) for 3-6-year-old minds ready to learn. Parents and caregivers are invited to register their preschoolers for these experiences that will help build an early foundation in these specific areas of learning. Studies show that supporting a young child’s natural curiosity to generate questions and fuel their motivation to find the answers has positive impacts on their lifelong learning appetite.
“Full Steam Ahead” classes are once a month on Saturdays from 1:30 to 2:30 and include story reading from picture books with themes such as Kitchen Science or Exploring Touch. Additionally, the preschoolers participate in hands-on arts and crafts stations where they can make predictions, run experiments and log observations. Click here to see the WPPL calendar for upcoming class schedules, call 407.623.3300 or stop at by the front desk of the library for details.
“Storytime Math” is another fun and educational one-hour class similar to traditional story time a hands-on activity that introduce math concepts. An example is the reading of The Doorbell Rang followed by the kids being guided to explore stations that creatively draw them into addition, subtraction, even division and early geometry concepts. “Storytime Math” is offered quarterly. Click here to see the WPPL calendar for upcoming class schedules, call 407.623.3300 or stop at by the front desk of the library for details.
“We have a lot of fun with these events, and kids learn to think outside the box, connect numbers and science concepts to their early experiences,” remarked Shanna Kuster, the WPPL librarian who leads the preschool early learning programming. “These kids amaze me at their young age with their natural ability to put on the scientist hat and take on higher level learning tasks they might not get at home or in preschool like what happens when you combine baking soda and vinegar!”
STEAM is a movement championed by the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and is now widely adopted as leaders in education and policy makers agreed that the importance of art and design in the 21st century is as important as science and technology was in the last century. The movement, STEM + Art = STEAM, is gaining momentum and support nationwide.