In the first of a series of short summer classes offered at the Children's Museum of the Sierra, children have fun while learning about inclined planes, wheels and axles, playing with a gooey blue substance that become thicker and denser the longer it sits in water, and creating a lava lamp using a small plastic water bottle.
"Science should be fun for kids," retired elementary school teacher Nancy Bednar said. "As a teacher, one of my favorite things is to teach science. I never get tired of seeing that 'ah-hah' moment, when the child's eyes lit up when learning something new. Kids don't learn anything in isolation, and this hands-on, tactile way of teaching them to understand basic principles helps them later on in middle or high school science class."
Upcoming classes at the museum are:
For kindergarten through third grades
Hands-on Science classes are held Wednesdays at 11 a.m.:
July 9 Squishy circuits
July 16 Energy chocolate chip cookie mining
July 23 Solar energy, pizza box oven
July 30 Simple machines, pulleys
For pre-schoolers, aged 2-5, and their parent
Classes are held Wednesdays 1-2 p.m., or Fridays 10:30-11:30 a.m.; the same curriculum is offered both days, and parents are asked to pick the day and time most convenient to their schedule.
Classes include movement and coordination, science, art, circle time and much more, with some of the themes being based on museum exhibits.
July 9, 11 Dinosaurs
July 16, 18 Opposites
July 23, 25 Plants and flowers
July 30, Aug. 1 My senses
Aug. 6, 8 Frogs and bugs
Aug. 13, 15 Nature
Aug. 20, 22 Ocean and pirates
Aug. 27, 29 Solar system
The classes are free with membership or paid admission. Class size is limited so reservations are requested, (559) 658-5656.