The Auburn University Early Childhood Summer Enrichment Program begins June 8, 2015. A few spots are still available. This year’s theme is “Summertime in Alabama.” The program runs through July 16.
The program director is Sean Durham Ph.D. in Auburn University’s College of Education. The program is open to children preschool-age 8.
“Within the structure provided by our pre-service teachers, the children guide their own projects whether it is within this year’s theme of ‘Summertime in Alabama,’ or emerging from children’s interests, such as testing the material and design properties that make paper airplanes fly,” Durham said. “By playing with materials like blocks, ramps, marbles, sand, and water, the children are building their own cognitive foundations for future experiences with engineering, physics, and general creative problem-solving that will be used throughout their lives. We see their developmental process when the teachers work closely with them during their activities. Rather than ‘testing’ the children we listen to their ideas and hypotheses, write down their predictions, and allow them to experiment and observe the results of their actions. Really, it’s an exercise in the scientific method – for preschoolers!”