You have probably heard we need to prepare our kids for STEAM careers. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics. Introducing your young children to science may seem intimidating, but the library can help. Your children can learn about science without even realizing they are learning.
The Marion Public Library has a collection of two fantastic TV shows that gently but effectively introduce young ones to science. These two shows are The Magic School Bus and Peep and the Big Wide World.
Most people are probably familiar with Ms. Frizzle and her Magic School Bus that takes her class to places as varied as outer space and inside the human body. The Marion Public Library as an extensive collection of these fabulous TV shows as well as picture books and chapter books that go along with the episodes. Many of the shows and books have ideas to further explore the science topics at home.
Peep and the Big Wide World may not be familiar to as many people, but I hope this post with change that. This show is a wonderful introduction of basic science concepts for preschoolers without any obvious teaching. Peep, a baby chicken, Chirp, a baby robin, and Quack, an oblong purple duck, have funny adventures in the ordinary world around them. Each episode also contains some real-world kids exploring the topics from the show. The show’s website also has great ideas for further exploration and some lessons plans to use at home or school. In “The Incredible Shrinking Duck,” Quack has built a snow sculpture of himself. When he gathers his friends to view it, it’s gone. Did someone steal it!? Here, children get the chance to learn about snow melting without a scientific lecture. When some friends try to measure how far it is to the pond, they each get a different number. Can the friends and your preschooler figure out why a duck step and a rabbit hop are different? There are just as many laughs for parents as kids in Peep and the Big Wide World. One of my favorite quotes comes from Quack when Peep and Chirp doubt using unicorns is a good idea. Quack responds, “Of course unicorns exist. If they didn’t, my plan wouldn’t make any sense!” Lots of learning and lots of laughs await when you check out Peep and the Big Wide World.
--Amanda, Part-time Library Assistant