The “Kids Can” program provides parents with an opportunity to play a more supportive role in the educational experience of their children. The program consists of a series of three classes that take place from December to March. The classes introduce families to Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) & Literacy concepts using a hands-on, integrated approach. Families practice the 4 Cs throughout the series: Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity.
In 2019-2020, CFC families participated in Kids Can Create, which focused on the creation and engineering design process. During each class, families participated in activities that promote spatial reasoning. Development of spatial reasoning in early childhood and primary grades predicts success in the areas of STEM and Literacy. The ability to mentally picture and transform objects promotes number sense development, word recognition, and problem solving.
Click here to view the student portfolios from the program.
This year, CFC families will have the opportunity to participate in Kids Can Engineer, which explores the physical science of sound. Using the engineering design process, students will build a musical instrument using everyday objects. Wave Properties, which is an NGSS Disciplinary Core Idea for Physical Science, is explored through sound in the primary grades. With the application and integration of music, students utilize multimodal literacy and examine the mathematical patterns and structures used in musical notation.
Click here to view class videos for the program.