Here is the definition of the perfect fit. This year, the theme of the Miami-Dade College Homestead Campus’ Day of the Young Child event was “Planting Seeds for the Future.” And the Museum’s Early Childhood Hands-On Science (ECHOS) project was there to participate in the event, featuring activities from the ECHOS unit called “Beginning Botanist.” The mutual goal was to provide activities that focus on helping children aged 0 – 8 “grow” in their physical, mental, and emotional development. At the Museum’s ECHOS table featured hands-on activities like puzzles, leaf rubbings, and a seed matching game; full-body activities in which children pretended to be the wind to move seeds; and activities featuring real science tools, such as looking a lima bean sprouts with a magnifier. Children who participated in these activities also received a take home bag with lima bean seeds to plant at home. Mrs. Gladys Monne, one of the ECHOS teachers participating in the long-term ECHOS research study, was also there to assist Museum staff in leading activities for children.
This year’s Day of the Young Child event is part of a nationwide campaign by the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s 2013 Week of the Young Child, which ran April 14-20. Its purpose is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families, and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.