Moms, dads, grandmoms and kids show off their rain barrels made during a summer reading program while learning about collecting rain water and its benefit for our flowers and plants.
Just like reading, math can be everywhere this summer. Keep young brains engaged and thinking all summer just by doing a little thinking of your own. Here's three tips to find math in everyday activities:
• Road trip! Beat the 'are we there yet, blues' with an audio book. Add the fun of math and you have family math fun rollin' down the road. Signs and their shapes are geometry fun. How many triangles, circles and octagons can be found? Make tickets for rest stops and have a tangible method for demonstrating distance and time.
• Gardening is great fun. Plants can be measured, growth logged and if it bear fruits or veggies those can be weighed, measured and eaten!
• Fireflies or lightnin' bugs are signaling the night sky now. Try counting them, count the blinks, are there more or less in certain areas? Math is a great way to wind down the day. Finish the day with a bedtime story, of course!
There's hundreds more tips and great resources at your fingertips on the internet, pbs.org is a top place to start. Youcubed.org has a short five-minute video on brain science, math learning and kids. Most important keep it light and fun! Play and mistakes are a child's work of learning.
Be sure to check out these great programs at the library this week!
Storywalk Starts (all ages) Friday, June 22 at 10 am. All Day Event at Kings Mountain Gateway Trail, 807 S. Battleground Ave. Exercise your body, engage your brain, and enjoy the outdoors by reading a story and hiking along the Gateway Trail. The Storywalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.
Gold Panning for Adults Friday, June 22 at 6-8 pm. Located at KM Mining, 201 East King St. Learn about gold panning and experience the equipment required, while learning about the history of gold in our area. REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Diggin' Up the Dirt! Lost Stories of Kings Mountain Monday, June 25 at 6 p.m. Hear Mayor Scott Neisler tell forgotten stories, strange tales, and urban legends of our town! Library Community Room
Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5) Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Library Community Room Join us for a fun time of play, story and craft.
Movie Night Sing-A-Long (G) Tuesday, June 26 from 6-8 p.m. Come sing along with your movie favorites. All ages welcome to attend.
Songs with Mister John Wednesday, June 27 at 10 a.m. Location is at Central United Methodist Church. Join Mister John for a journey through letters, words, syllables, complete sentences, and entire stories as we go from there to here and then some, through the magic of shared music.
How to Participate Musically Wednesday, June 27 at 2-3 p.m. This workshop will be a fun journey into the world of making music. Topics covered are as follows: overcoming stage fright, performance anxiety, how to join in or start a jam, jam etiquette, how to be a good audience, how and when to clap along, how to lead, and how to follow. For any level of skill. All are welcome. Library Community Room
Tiny Tots Storytime Thursday (ages 0-2) at 10:30 a.m. located in the Library Community Room. Join us for a fun time of play, story and craft.
Hamiltunes: An American Singalong (ages 10 and up) Thursday, June 28 at 6:30 p.m. Singalong to the songs of the hit musical made up of a mixture of pop, rap, and history. There will be a chance to win a door prize! Library Community Room
Make It and Play It (ages 6-12) Saturdays 10-12:30 p.m. Come explore the library on Saturday mornings and construct your very own instrument! Collect all seven!
The location of the Mauney Memorial Library is 100 S. Piedmont Street, Kings Mountain, NC 28086. For the latest in library news and events, visit www.mauneylibrary.org.
Submitted by Sharon Stack