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Science and Preschool Storytime

Reading to your child is a great way to foster early literacy. Pairing it with science offers even more bang for the buck! 

Building blocks of education

"Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see? I see a red bird looking at me."

You might recognize that opening to "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See," a classic children's book by Bill Martin Jr., and Eric Carle, You may have read it to your own children or were fortunate enough to have it read to you. Storytime at home or at a library or other venue is a great way to connect with your child and provide literacy building blocks.

Children who haven't yet learned to read gain a number of benefits from having books read to them. They learn that language is read from left to right, that books are read front to back, that pictures are right side up, that there are connections between words and sounds, and so much more. All of these elements combine into what is called "emergent literacy," the foundation of writing and reading achievement.  

Preschool storytimes are a gateway to language and educational readiness, but when combined with science topics they are also a wonderful method to introduce children to STEM and foster an early appreciation for science. 

Science is only natural for children

Take a look at what the scientific process entails: observation; exploring and questioning; making a 

prediction; experimenting; collecting data; making a conclusion; and communicating findings. Sound like any toddlers you know? Children are natural scientists, and pairing science in a structured storytime setting plays to their their natural inclinations and, most importantly, enhances later reading comprehension.  

Imagination Station is building on our commitment to provide comprehensive programming that strengthens and expands the science and school readiness resources available to young children. Our programs emphasize family engagement and we are always looking for unique ways to introduce science and science concepts to visitors of all ages. 

If you want to engage your child in science and contribute to her early literacy, check out our Science Story Time in the Little KIDSPACE Science Studio.  It's free and includes a fun activity to take home!

Science Story Time Schedule    Science Reading List - Science Reading List

Tuesday - Saturday: 11:15am
Sunday: 1:15pm