Lawrence Hall of Science preschool program is impressive. My kindergartner just finished an intro science class at Lawrence Hall of Science called I want to be a scientist! and I was thoroughly impressed with the teacher, the assistants, the materials, and the content. As his lab assistant, we explored light, color, magnets, and wave patterns. Super fun. Made me want to be a scientist too.
Several classes are available for children as young as three years old. Whitney's two children have each taken preschool level classes and she was also impressed.
Both of my kids have gone to classes at LHS with their preschool. Each time I have observed, I have been completely impressed by the educators leading the class and the curriculum plan. My kids have come away from the experiences with serious animal knowledge under their belts – at age 3, no less! They've rattled off a half-dozen creatures that hatch from eggs, reminded me who is nocturnal, and guided me on how to pet a small animal. “Put your fingers out like this.”
I have also observed a 5-year old birthday party during which the children were guided through experiments. Again I was impressed by the educator and how engaging her plan was for the kids. They seem to have their finger on the pulse of age-appropriate instruction.
Sessions are six weeks long and vary by topic from magnetism, insects, construction, and storybook science. In short, if science is lacking in your child's school (or preschool), there's something here that will fit the bill. Classes cost approximately $130 ($110 for LHS members) for 6 sessions.
Current classes run through April. You can schedule single-visit and multi-session workshops for your playgroup or child’s preschool. Programs can be given at LHS or at your site. For more information, call 510-642-5134 Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
[photo from Lawrence Hall of Science preschool program]