Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Child and Family Studies Students Create Learning Centers

Recently, four FCS students developed and ran learning centers for an Ashland County School Readiness Initiative titled "Talk, Read, Play...Together!"  Child and Family Studies seniors Abbey Latham and Sarah Ebinger designed and built the Discovery Zone center for children from the infant stage through age four.  The Discovery Zone consisted of various containers (coffee cans, shoe boxes, peanut butter jars, etc.) and items to place in the containers (blocks, balls, beanbags, etc.), with different activities based on the ages of the children.  Infants were encouraged to shake the containers and listen to the sounds, and try to fit different objects into the containers. Toddlers could stack containers and match lids to containers, and preschoolers counted objects and sorted items by size and color. 

Abbey Latham interacts with children at the Kroc Center
Katie Mock and Marley McDonough, also seniors majoring in Child and Family Studies, developed the Water and Bubbles center.  They provided tubs, sponges, cups, funnels, basters and small fish nets and created age appropriate activites for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.  They also created a bubble solution recipe that parents could take home and use for home craft time.

Katie Mock at the working with children at the Water and Bubbles Center
More than 40 parents and their children attended the succesful event that was held at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Ashland.  It was sponsored by the Family and Children First Council of Ashland County and United Way of Ashland County.

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