Lizard in the Library

C5 Festival of Learning 2018 – Public Demonstration

Children working with their teachers in public with parents and family members as chaperones.

Learning Group – Classroom: Blue Whales – Cable Car Classroom
Program: Preschool – Ages: 2.5-3.5 years old
Children: Andrew, Bridget, Boden, Cassius, Kiyoung, Olivia, and Silas
Teachers: Barbara and Monica

Title of Demonstration: Lizard in the Library
Location: SF Public Library
Date: May 22, 2018
Time: 11:00am-12:00pm

Objective: To demonstrate children’s relationship with nature as experienced through caring for their pet lizard

What the children might be learning and developing:
1. Basic biology concepts- The transfer of energy through eating; the need for breathing for life; the need for water; means of locomotion and movement; and the need for heat and shelter.
2. The children learn compassion and responsibility through taking care of their pet lizard.
3. Poppy has become a shared experience for the children and families, helping to forge communal relationships in the classroom.

Our infants are building a strong foundation for early literacy skills at a young age.  The very basics are being practiced throughout the day: holding a book, turning its pages, and watching their teachers reading from left-to-right.  They are beginning to understand how books “work,” how they connect the reader, and how they relate to the listener when read out loud.  When a book is read to them, the infants are developing the cognitive skills required to connect sounds into words and words into meaning.  When they listen to the reader’s changing tone, rhythm patterns, voice inflection, and repeating phrasing, they are learning how language is formed and an essential element of communication.  Infants who are exposed to books, reading, and story-telling at an early age are more likely to develop strong communication skills and a love of books as they get older.  Learn more about our Infant Program.