Early Childhood Science

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Posted: May 30th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News, Susan's Blog | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

We know there are rumors flying around that 4-C is closing. Wrong, wrong, wrong. We’ve been here for 43 years and plan on being around for another 43!

While it is true that we will no longer be administering the CCAP subsidy program effective 7/1/12, we are still your central point of contact for child care information and services. Our office will still be located at the familiar 1215 South Third St. in Louisville and our telephone number remains the same.

We will continue to provide parents with referrals to child care programs, provide training in new and more convenient models and places, track and analyze child care trends, provide early intervention services, serve as the CACFP Food Program sponsor, and act as a Voice for families as well as child care providers on a local, state and national level.

A new role we are taking on is introducing the many new tools that are being developed specifically to help child care providers deal with the business end of the child care industry. They are freeing directors from paperwork so they can focus on children, parents, and staff. (Go to https://www.4cforkids.org/kentucky-alliance-for-shared-services to see the latest and greatest tool we are offering.)

Give us a call at 502-636-1358, go to our website www.4cforkids.org, or like us on facebook.

We’re excited about the future of child care and 4-C!

Susan Vessels

Executive Director


Kentucky Alliance for Shared Services

Posted: May 18th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Water Drops on Wax Paper

Posted: February 23rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: News, Science | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

As with most quality science experiences, the materials are simple (water, wax paper, toothpicks and food coloring), but the science learning is complex. Look at the concentration on this child’s face.

On wax paper, water will bead up into a dome. Water will cling to a finger, straw, or toothpick and can be led around to join other drops and make big drops or break large drops into smaller ones.

Try placing a simple maze underneath and challenge the children to move the water through it, or try moving the water in other ways such as shifting the paper or blowing on the drops. Use different colors of water so they can join the drops to mix colors. Try drops of other liquids such as oil or soap, and see how they are different. Try drops of water on other materials such as regular paper, aluminum foil or fabric and see what the water does.

This type of activity engages children, because water is something they are so familiar with and yet in this setting, they are surprised by what it can do. By providing a variety of materials to explore, you can use the same basic activity but add something different everyday to extend the learning and deepen the understanding.


Posted: February 7th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Child Care Providers, News, Science | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Check out this newsletter from The Louisville Science Center on fun science activities to do together! 

Early Childhood Newsletter 3

Frost Paint

Posted: January 24th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: News, Science | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Want to add a little science to your art? Try making Frost Paint! The recipe is simple –water and Epsom salt- but the result is amazing. Crystals will form right before your eyes!

Add ½ cup Epsom Salt (found in the pharmacy section) to ½ cup boiling water. That’s it! Boiling the water is the key to make sure the salt dissolves completely in the water.

  • Draw a picture on a piece of colored construction paper.
  • Paint over it with your Frost Paint.
  • When it dries, the water will evaporate and leave the long, thin Epsom salt crystals. It will look like frost on your drawing.
  • Do some experimenting. Try it with a larger amount of salt in the water. How is the result different?
  • Try adding food coloring to the water. Do you think it will make colored crystals?
  • What do you think would happen with table salt or rock salt? Try it!

Ice Explorations

Posted: January 12th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: News, Science | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Ice explorations are wonderful science experiments for children. Watching something change through freezing and thawing, adding salt to alter the way it melts, and dripping colored water on it to see the path the drips take, all provide engaging ways for children to play with science. Try freezing small objects in ice cubes and give children tools to free them (be sure to use goggles!). Try freezing water in large containers such as an orange juice carton or water balloon so children can see the air bubbles trapped in the middle, or try freezing water in unusual shapes by using a rubber glove or other plastic molds. By adding droppers for children to transfer colored water, you are also providing an activity that strengthens fine motor skills.

Easy Homemade Play Dough

Posted: December 29th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: News, Science | Tags: | No Comments »

What you need:

•1 cup flour

•½ cup salt

•1 cup water

•1 tablespoon cooking oil

•food coloring or tempera

Optional: 1 tablespoon cream of tartar or alum

(Cream of tartar gives the play dough a silky texture. Alum is a preservative that will allow your play dough to be kept longer.)

What you do:

Mix all of the solids in a bowl. Mix all of the liquids in a sauce pan. Add the solid mixture to the pan and cook over medium heat until the mixture becomes thick like clay. Let it cool, and it’s ready to use. Store in an air tight container. Try adding glitter or sand for texture.

Building with Gum Drops

Posted: December 14th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: News, Science | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Want to try an unconventional building material for play? Gum drops, marshmallows, thin pretzel sticks, spaghetti and straws are all great building materials that challenge children to try making structures in a new way.  The softness of the gum drops and marshmallows make them easy to work with as connectors, and the ability to break or cut the pretzels, spaghetti and straws means that children can easily adjust how long they want the pieces to be.

Besides being fun, working with unconventional materials helps children to add more experimentation to their building play. Sometimes a small marshmallow is better than a large one, and although spaghetti is lighter, it also breaks easier than straws or pretzels. This encourages problems solving skills and achieving success through trial and error. In addition to being great for learning, their structures are also delicious!

Wrapping Paper Tubes Make Great Ramps!

Posted: November 29th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: News, Science | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

With the holiday season upon us, it is the perfect time to collect empty gift wrapping tubes to use at home or in the classroom. Have you ever put your ear up to one? The tubes are great for exploring sound and can also be fun to explore looking through, but perhaps my favorite use for cardboard tubes is making ramps!

Simply cut the tube in half down its length, and voila, you’ve created an instant ramp ready for cars, balls or anything else you want to try. Use a little masking tape to secure it to something tall like a chair or shelves and watch how far the ball rolls. Try changing the height and see if you can get the ball to roll farther. Try taping more tubes together to make an even longer ramp. Slide it through a shorter tube to make a tunnel. The possibilities for experimentation are endless!

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