Monday 30th , 2012
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How do bee students get to class?

They take a BUZZ!

206 But seriously folks, here at Kidspace we have bees and we do get students as well.  Although most of the students who visit us are not bee students, we do get many happy visitors jumping off their bus at Parking Lot I and trekking through Brookside Park to venture through our Kaleidoscope into a world of learning and play.  Children come on Kidspace Field-Trips from many places as far away as Ojai and La Jolla, California and everywhere in between.  Most come with their elementary class while others come with a camp, daycare, church group or even Girl and Cub Scouts.  As different as these groups are, they all share one thing in common:  a zest for fun! 

Here at Kidspace—where learning and play are one—we roll out the red carpet for each group, and we make it our mission to make sure each child has a truly memorable experience.  As if simply having a great time were not enough, we manage to plant a seed in each child’s inquisitive mind—a scientific seed.  How do we do this you may ask? Well it’s sort of like when you try to sneak in some veggies in your child’s dinner plate. 

Each of the exhibits and play areas at Kidspace has been designed to support the California Science Content standards for Kindergarten through 4th grade. This means that as each child interacts with our exhibits and plays in our garden and outdoor areas they are actually working with concepts introduced in their classroom science lessons.  For example, as a first grade students tumbles through our ant hole and inter-antics climber they are actually doing what ants do in their daily lives as they go about their business of meeting their basic needs.  This is a concept introduced and discussed in their first grade science content standards.  Perhaps they have not yet started on that topic, but they will be able to connect their experience at Kidspace with what they read in their textbook.  There are many opportunities like this one throughout our museum, from the Kindergarten Visual and Performing Arts standards addressed at Flutterby’s Art Center to the Fourth Grade Social Sciences standards addressed by our Harvest Corner in the garden.

207 As our bee hive exhibit gives a change for all those “bee students” to get to their “class” and do their “combwork”, our students who visit us and participate in our Discovery Programs also have an opportunity to delve even deeper into their understanding of the science world around them.  Every school group that visits Kidspace explores the museum at their own pace allowing each child to “bee” themselves. Some groups add an educational lesson taught by one of our educators to their visit.  These Discovery Programs focus on a particular topic and the lesson is structured much like a classroom lesson would be except it takes place outdoors and taught in an interactive forum. Children learn about topics like being able to tell the difference between an insect and an arachnid or how the Chumash Native Americans made paint for their cave drawings.  They listen, play, dance, paint, draw and learn.  Sort of like sneaking veggies into their dinner plate. Seed planted.

One last joke for the road:  Why do bees buzz? Because they can’t whistle!