Toddler Time: Connecticut and Robins
by Bethany Thomas
Today our youth programs learned about Connecticut. At Toddler Time, we learned about Connecticut’s state bird the robin. We see robins year round in Idaho! The kids listened to a robin’s song and colored robin pictures.
Listening to the robin sing.
For snack, we enjoyed apple sauce and cookies. Chili, the library chicken, joined us briefly for snack. The kids greatly enjoyed her clucking, soft feathers, and hearing about the chickens knocking on the library door in the mornings. Chili joining us for snack provided the opportunity to talk about cleanliness and the importance of hand washing. No contamination of food occurred! 🙂
Miss Bethany read “We Laugh Alike / Juntos nos reímos” by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand on Epic. This is a bilingual book- “Six kids are ready to play: three speak English. Y tres hablan español [and three speak Spanish]. But all of them laugh alike and together!”
Read “We Laugh Alike / Juntos nos reímos” on Epic
One of our young visitors helped clean up crumbs this morning after Toddler Time. He wanted to make sure the photo was good and that we sent it to his family!
Dragon Readers Club
By Miss Abbie
Today’s After School Program was planned by our 4H extension program coordinator Cadey.
The Frisbee was founded at Yale University in Connecticut, so we had fun throwing one around.
For snack, we had imitation crab dip and carrots, celery, and crackers. The kids helped make it.
We read the classic Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, who lived in Connecticut.
After that, we went into the tipi to make colonial hats and talk about some important history, like the longest running newspaper and how Connecticut was one of the 13 states that signed the Constitution.
1. Reading List: EPIC Connecticut
2. Math: We’ve seen a lot of numbers lately. Everyday the news tells us the number of people who have COVID-19. The Census is important because it is where we draw our population numbers. Population numbers help us know how many cases per capita. Using data from the census website figure out the per-capita rate of COVID-19 infections. CT Data
3. Science: S.T.E.M. at The Nautilus
On my bucket list of cool libraries to visit, I have added The Submarine Force Library and Museum in Connecticut. I know many of you are looking for activities to keep your kids busy during this time in which we are under a stay at home order. The Submarine Force Library and Museum in Connecticut has a great S.T.E.M. page on their website with several ideas you can implement from home. S.T.E.M. with Nautilus
You can also do virtual tours of the Submarine Force Library and Museum. Virtual Tours
4. History: Connecticut has participated in the Census since 1790. Census records are important for tracing our family heritage. Making a family tree can be done by using sources like Connecticut Genealogy.
My Heritage is available through our lili databases. My Heritage is one of the largest, most internationally diverse genealogy databases of its kind. It provides access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos, and other resources in thousands of databases that span the past five centuries.
Create a family tree. List at least 5 generations back. Include at least one interesting fact about each family member. Enjoy learning about your family history.
5. Writing: Mark Twain Museum is located in Hartford, Connecticut.
“We’re sad that students can’t come visit us at The Mark Twain House & Museum at the moment, but with the resources on this page, they can take a virtual field trip to learn about Twain’s writing, home, and life in Hartford. In addition to our 3D virtual tour of the home, we’ve provided a variety of educational materials and activities, including adapted versions of some of the programs we do with students when they visit us at the museum, and some games that are silly enough to make Sam Clemens laugh!”
The Mark Twain website has some wonderful writing exercises to participate in. Mark Twain House
Don’t get bored – write.
6. Book Pick: From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs.Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
I know you are wondering how the Metropolitan Museum of Art has to do with Connecticut. The Museum is in New York, Mrs. Frankweiler is from Connecticut. In this classic Newbery Award winning novel, twelve-year-old Claudia Kincaid is restless — she wants to do something different, such as running away from her comfortable suburban life in Connecticut for a while. Claudia knows that she could never pull off the old-fashioned kind of running away…so she decides not to run FROM somewhere, but TO somewhere — her own secret life at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. And so, after some careful planning, she and her younger brother, Jamie, escape — right into a mystery that makes headlines.
7. Art: MUSIC In glancing through and researching museums in Connecticut, I found the Yale Museum of Musical Instruments. Spend some time discovering a new instrument or a new style of music. Perhaps check out the amazing sounds of the harpsichord.
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