Come join us for a whole new workshop series for you and your preschooler.

The Little Learners Workshops are designed for children ages 3-5 with an accompanying adult; a hands-on preschool program offered by the Orlando Science center. These three-part workshops will provide informal learning experiences that support and enhance exploration, create excitement and facilitate learning.

Come explore science concepts through play, art activities and demonstrations. An opportunity for you and your preschool to come, learn and grow together.

Each series is $40 for member and $55 for non-members. Fee is for all three workshops in the series. Classes are held from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays or Fridays or select Saturdays. Check-in begins at 9:15 a.m. and program starts promptly at 9:30 a.m. Space is limited to 15 children per session, reservations are required.

 


 

Workshop Registration Is Now Easier Than Ever!

Little Learners Workshops are using new software! Teaming up with the Active Network, workshop registration can be done online anytime. All the forms are now part of the registration system so it is that much easier to complete the process. Plus the software has automated wait lists and more.

 


 

New for 2013-2014!

 

Fall 2013
 
Under the Canopy

Come discover what lies deep inside the rain forest. Exotic plants, animals, and more. Oh what a beautiful view!
Thursdays: September 5, 12, 19
Fridays: September 6, 13, 20

 

Leaves are Falling

Let’s find out why those leaves are falling. Take a look at the wonderful changes in nature. Enjoy the season while learning about leaves, harvests, plants and more.
Thursdays: October 3, 10, 17
Fridays: October 4, 11, 18

 

Kitchen Chemistry

It’s time to cook up some excitement! Grab your apron and your hat and get ready for some science fun as we discover kitchen chemistry!
Thursdays: October 31, November 7, 14
Fridays: November 1, 8, 15
Saturdays: November 2, 9, 16

 

My Body & Me

We’ll take an adventure through the human body and investigate everything from your senses to your heart. You are special in every way! Come find out more about your amazing body and all that it can do.
Thursdays: December 5, 12, 19
Fridays: December 6, 13, 20

 

 

Spring 2014

 

Community Helpers

There is a lot to be done in our towns and cities. Houses to build, people to make well, and fires to put out. Come learn about police, firefighters, doctors, nurses, construction workers and more in our community.
Wednesdays: January 29, February 5, 12*
Thursdays: January 30, February 6, 13

Fridays: January 31, February 7, 14

 

Out Of this World

Jump in, here we goooo! Let’s ride a rocket and see what’s in space. Time to check out the planets, the sun, stars and moon!
Wednesdays: February 26, March 5, 12*
Thursdays: February 27, March 6, 13

Fridays: February 28, March 7, 14 
Saturdays: February 22, March 1, 8

 

The Shape of Things

Shapes and colors all around you. Can you name the shape that your house makes? Or the color of your shoe lace. Join us as we explore the colors and shapes that make up your world.
Wednesdays: April 2, 9, 16*
Thursdays: April 3, 10, 17

Fridays: April 4, 11, 18

 

Farm Frenzy

Grab your overalls, your hat and boots it’s time for some fun on the farm! Let’s find out who and what lives on the farm and the role each one plays in the frenzy.
Wednesdays : April 30, May 7, 14*
Thursdays: May 1, 8, 15

Fridays: May 2, 9, 16

 

* Program occurs on a day when the Science Center is closed to the Public. Exhibit hall and Subway will be closed.

 

Getting your child to actually go outside to play and interact with other children is a big deal. A 2010 study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that children ages 8-18 spend an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes a day using various media.  With all of these distractions, how can parents pry their children away from the screen and ensure they will develop necessary social skills? For some tips and methods to help expose your child to cooperative play we sat down with early childhood specialist Melanie Turner:

With so many children nowadays busy with texting, gaming, and watching TV, what are some techniques parents can use to get their children to unplug and go outside?

Parents need to remember that they are the parent. I would recommend restricting the amount of time they are able to watch TV, play on the computer, on the phone, video games and any other electronics.  When they are participating in the above activities they should be closely supervised by a parent. I also would highly recommend having family meal times. When dining, make sure all electronics are off and engage them in conversation. Encourage your child to enjoy active play by sending them outside for certain amounts of time. If your child has certain interests encourage those interests. For example, if they like to ride bikes make sure they have access to a good bicycle and helmet. If your child likes to play soccer make sure there is a soccer ball around. If possible have items like hula hoops, side walk chalk or jump ropes around the house to provide a variety of things they can choose from. It is ideal if you can go out and participate as well. When a child sees that you are enjoying an activity they are 10 times more likely to enjoy it and participate. Do some messy activities outside. Encourage your children to use their imagination and don’t be afraid to use yours!

Especially with younger children, what are some ways parents can introduce their child to play?

There are so many ways! Young children are just beginning to explore their world. Children explore the world through their senses. Almost everything a child does when they are young is play and helps them to grow and gain knowledge of the world around them. You can start at very young age by playing peek-a-boo. Then as they grow provide things that appeal to their senses.  Read books to them and make silly voices for all the characters in the story. Let them know it’s ok to get messy by letting them play with play dough, bubbles, and shaving cream. Give them a cabinet in the kitchen that has pots and pans, plastic spoons and Tupperware that are just for them to play music or to just play. You are a key ingredient to your child’s play. Provide an environment where it is safe for them to play.

If a child is hesitant about playing with other children, what are some methods parents can use to remedy the situation?

There are a number of ways that parents can help their child deal with interactions with other children of which I will mention a few. One is make sure that you are providing opportunities for your child to interact with other children. Either through play groups, other neighborhood kids, church groups, one day or more of preschool a week, taking your child to places like the Orlando Science Center and/or enrolling them in classes like our Early Childhood Series.  Also, make sure you are taking the time to play with them. Follow your child’s lead when playing. Try not to correct or dominate the play but contribute to and advance the ideas, offer suggestions.  Most importantly, remember to have fun!

Lastly, take a problem solving approach. If your child is having difficulty with someone in their peer group, a sibling or a friend, help them walk through the problem. You don’t always have to have the answers. Help your child consider various solutions and perspectives.  Ask leading questions and help your child consider the problem themselves. This way as your child continues to face new and different problems with people now, they will know how to better cope and come up with solutions as they get older.

 


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