Water matters at Children’s School, too

Leah Harrison | Staff Writer

For the second time this season, Children’s School emulates Chautauqua’s morning lecture theme in its own weekly programming. During Week Four, adults and children alike will explore why and how water matters.

Three-year-olds enrolled in Children’s School will have the opportunity to participate in many water-based activities. They will make bubble prints, octopus puppets, sponge paintings of seahorses, spin-art fish and spray-art fish. They can also explore ice, get creative with under-the-sea movement, and play with the float-and-sink water table.

Many stories also interact with water in some way, and the three-year-olds can expect to hear “Big Al,” “Wide-mouthed Frog,” “My Very Own Octopus,” “Hooray for Fish,” “Mister Sea Horse” and “Swimmy.”

They will also visit the beach and the library, two annual favorites.

In the 4-year-old classes, kids will enjoy a water treasure hunt, watering their garden and learning about and watching evaporation. For crafts, they will make a lake-in-a-bottle, captain’s hats and stained-glass jellyfish.

Stories the 4-year-olds will hear include “All the Water in the World” and “In the Small, Small Pond.” During creative playtime, they can interact with matter as it changes.

Five-year-olds will enjoy many water-related activities, including investigating how they interact with Chautauqua Lake. In the craft room, they will paint lake landscapes and also experiment with painting techniques, like painting with ice and mixing colored oil and water.

Five-year-olds will also have a water and bubbles day, and they will take a field trip to former Director of Recreation and Youth Services Jack Voelker’s house, where he has a garden and a pond.

In addition to water activities, members of Highlights magazine staff will visit Wednesday. Friday, members of the School of Music will visit Children’s School to teach them about woodwind instruments.

The annual Open House will be held Thursday for Group 1 and Friday for Children’s School.