by: arhodes
Thursday 21st , 2012
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Kidspace Children’s Museum loves bugs!  We love them so much we even have our own buggy team to help support what we do here at Kidspace, particularly highlighting the key elements of early childhood development.  Let me introduce you to a few of these cheerful characters that call Kidspace home.

435Busy Buzzy Bee loves to read and write.  She likes word puzzles, word games, reading aloud to kids and making up her own stories.

Busy Buzzy Bee knows that reading aloud to children teaches a baby about communication and introduces concepts such as stories, numbers, letters, colors, and shapes in fun, imaginitive ways.  It also helps to build listening, memory, and vocabulary skills while giving baby’s information about the world around them.  In the first year babies will have learned all the sounds needed to speak their native language!  Building a rich network of words and sounds is essential for our baby’s brain development.  Reading also stimulates your baby’s social/emotional development due to the many different emotions and expressive sounds you use while reading.  Looking, pointing, touching, and answering questions promotes social development and thinking skills.  Busy Buzzy Bee chooses simple, repetitive text and clear pictures.  “During the first few months of life, your child just likes to hear your voice, so you can read almost anything, especially books with a sing-song or rhyming text.  When babies get more interested in looking at things Busy Buzzy Bee chooses books with simple pictures against solid backgrounds.  The Early Childhood Center offers a 15min Story Time twice every day at 11am and 4pm.  Story time is also an important component of our Baby & Me classes.

436Next we have Kidspace’s very own Flutterby Butterfly!  Flutterby likes all the visual and performing arts: painting, drawing, photography, collage, sculpture, theater, dance, music, etc.  If there is art nearby, you can guess that Flutterby is not far behind.

Flutterby Butterfly knows that all forms of art provide extraordinary experiences for the mind, body, and spirit helping to develop physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being.  Art helps to stimulate short-term memory, problem solving, physical coordination, and creative thinking.  The three main developmental components of music for early learners are vocal development, listening, and movement.  Babies can explore and discover mystery, creativity, joy, and frustration.  Through dance, music, theater, and art children can discover their capabilities and the joy of creativity.  The Early Childhood center offers music time twice every day at 12pm and 4pm and daily art activities from 2-3pm with a special messy art every Thursday at 2pm.  Art and dance are also incorporated in our Baby & Me class curriculum.

438Last but not least we have Caterpillar Cal!  He loves to grow and eat his own food.  He collects ingredients from the Kidspace Gardens to create his own recipes and cater Dot’s dinner and tea parties with their friends.

Children have the opportunity to cultivate their knowledge of the natural world through our Little Sprouts Club.  Children create their own garden, plant flowers, fruit, and vegetables, and then learn to whip up a healthy snack.  Children also get to learn about animals that live in and around our garden. Children benefit from our gardens and classes like these by strengthening autonomy while developing science literacy, enhancing pre-math skills, and supporting healthy eating habits.

Next time we'll meet Hoppy, Dot, and Silky!  Learn from these delightful characters through the Kidspace Children's Museum Activity Book and other fun products for sale at the Busy Bee Learning Store.

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Amber Rhodes, Early Childhood Specialist, has been with Kidspace for over a year teaching on the Museum floor, the school discovery programs, and also the Early Learner classes Happy Hands and Baby & Me.  Before joining the Museum, she taught abroad in Japan and Africa, and also worked with children with disabilities and at-risk youth.