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Saturday, October 16, 2010

(Math + Science) x Books = Engaged Learning

@ the Library: Programs


Make Math Come Alive Using Children's Books -- A Workshop for Early Childhood Educators, Parents, and Caregivers (Registration Required)
Interested in ideas for incorporating more math and science ideas into your early childhood program?  Want some ideas for math and science at home? Check out this free workshop offered by the Somerset County Library System. (All three locations will have the same workshop --1 1/2 professional development hours will be awarded to attendees.)
Monday, Oct. 25 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Hillsborough Library (908) 369-2200 x14 
Thursday, Nov. 18 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Bridgewater Library (908) 525-4016 x126
Tuesday, Nov. 30 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Warren Township  Library (908) 754-5554x23


Other upcoming programs at the Bridgewater library this week:


Little Red Riding Hood performed by Youth Stages (Suggested for families with children ages 3 and up) No registration required  Saturday, October 23 at 10:30 am.  Join Youth Stages and take a “not-so-scary” walk in the woods with Little Red, the “tricky grandmother”, a “rockin’ wolf” and more!


Chapter Book Club   Limited to grades 3 – 4  (registration required) Wednesday, October 20  4:30 - 5:30 pm
The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo  This delicious tale has all the ingredients of a terrific read: forgiveness, light, love, and soup. Despereaux is a tiny mouse with huge ears, and he lives in the castle with his family. In the castle lives a beautiful young princess and Despereaux vows to honor her. But his unmouselike behavior gets him banished to the dungeon, where a swarm of rats kill whoever falls into their clutches. Will Despereaux save his beloved princess? And what parts do the soup and the spool of thread play in this enchanting tale?

And don't forget our Weekly Storytimes for ages 2-6 (Tuesdays at 10 or 1:30), Toddler Times for 18 mo - 3 year olds (Wednesday at 10 & 11 and Thursdays at 10:30), and infant lap-sits for birth-18 months (Thursdays at 9:30) -- no registration is required.  This series runs through October 21st. 




@ the Library: Displays & Materials


Did you know we have an ongoing "Math Matters" Display above the Picture Book Section?  We feature fiction and non-fiction books to help kids of all ages get a better understanding of Math concepts.   Check out our booklist "Books to Keep Math Skills Sharp" for a host of additional titles -- or ask a librarian for specific suggestions!

We also have many award-winning math & science CD-ROMs available for check out at the library.  These provide a fun way to help your children practice and extend their understanding of these crucial curriculum areas.  Some award-winning programs include The Logical Journey of the Zoombinis, Stuart Little Learning Adventures, The Mighty Math series, and the Magic School Bus Science Series -- you can find these shelved above the Videos & DVDs in the Music & Media room.  And, as always, we encourage you to ask a librarian for additional suggestions.


Let Your Fingers Do the Walking

Mixing in Math is a wonderful site for early childhood educators, elementary school teachers, after-school coordinators and families to find ideas for incorporating math into fun educational activities at school and at home.  Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, they offer oodles of free materials and ideas. 

ZoomSci site (based on the PBS show) is chock full of hands-on experiments kids can try themselves and a great site for educators too!

Does your child LOVE math or science?  HATE math or science?  Whether you are looking for recreation, enrichment, or homework help, the Library makes it easy to find great math & science sites on the web for children & teens.  From our home page, mouse over to the tab  "Children & Teens," then pick out the age group you are interested in.  The Children's page has the math & science links under the "Homework" tab on the top; the Middle & High School pages have these links under "Homework Help" on the left.  As always, the librarians are happy to help you find these and other resources!

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