Teachers’ Lounge

Perfect for Preschool

by megan on Nov. 21st, 2008 5 Comments

Calling all teachers of preschool and kindergarten! While your precious students tend to be a bit young for many of the Academy exhibits and programs, I’d love to highlight one of our amazing teacher resources for students aged 4 to 6. Drum roll please…

Introducing our Junior Kits! These rentable suitcases are full of fun: crafty activities, adorable puppets, touchable specimens, and worksheets ready to copy for your kids. Borrow a Junior Kit for
3 weeks of fun in your classroom.

Each kit has as least one activity that will get your kids involved in:

  • Science
  • Math
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Cooking
  • Circle Time
  • Outside Time
A plushie red-tailed hawk, a dozen pairs of binoculars, and samples of bird-related specimens are just some of the goodies found in our Busy Birds Jr Kit.

Detailed material lists for each kit are now posted online! Here are the 7 varieties, to whet your appetite:

  • Creepers & Crawlers I Jr.
    Features the ant, grasshopper, praying mantis, bee, ladybug, worm, and coach-horse beetle.
  • Creepers & Crawlers II Jr.
    Features the cockroach, monarch butterfly, pincer bug, snail, Jerusalem cricket, and roly-poly.
  • Busy Birds I Jr.
    Features the crow, robin, gull, finch, dove, and hummingbird.
  • Busy Birds II Jr.
    Features the pigeon, starling, hawk, jay, sparrow, and blackbird.
  • Tide Pools Treasures Jr.
    Features the barnacle, limpet, mussel, sea cradle, sea star, crab, hermit crab, anemone, sea urchin, snail, and seaweed.
  • Dinosaur Days I Jr.
    Features the Tyrannosaurus rex, Ankylosaurus, Maiasaura, Ornithomimus, Styracosaurus, and Parasaurolophus.
  • Dinosaur Days II Jr.
    Features the Triceratops, Euoplocephalus, Lambeosaurus, Troodon, Edmontonia, and Pachycephalosaurus.

And unlike our kits for older students, teachers need not attend a workshop to learn how to use the materials. So call Sarah at 415.379.5816 to arrange for a pick-up!

5 Comments So Far

  1. karen kohler on Nov. 29th, 2008 at 1:46 PM

    This looks like it would be very useful and a way to bring learning to life. We are into bugs and am very excited about this possibility.

  2. Erika Chaine on Dec. 13th, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    How wonderful to have created kits to involve younger children at an age where their imagination, creativity and openess to learning is at its most sensitive stage. I can’t wait to use your kits!

  3. Erika Chaine on Dec. 13th, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    It is wonderful that you have created these kits to involve and introduce younger children to the wonders of nature. Their imagination, creativity and ability to absorb new learning skills are at their greatest potential at this young emerging learner stage. I can’t wait to use these kits to awaken interest and create a love for nature in young children.

  4. Rosemary Fielder on Feb. 2nd, 2009 at 12:26 AM

    Our Pre-K class studies “science” during February and after my visit to the academy today I was so excited about your website for teachers. Your kindness and thoughtfulness of providing new and age appropriate kits will give these young minds a broader, deeper sense of the world in which they live. Thank you from the OGSA Pre-K class in Oroville, CA.

  5. Karen Bagshaw on Jul. 1st, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    We waited all year for the kits to come back from First Five. Those kids are gone now, but I have a new class of 16 PreK students this Fall. PLEASE, let me know when & how to reserve the Junior Kits for this year. Thanks so much!

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