Explore and Learn
Investigation Station discovery centers provide the materials for children and parents to explore and learning together using the theory of multiple intelligences (MI). This theory is based on identifying and utilizing the many ways in which people learn.
MI is not a teaching method but rather the recognition that people have at least eight (8) different intelligences and use all of them to a greater of lesser extent to process and learn information.
Children will be most successful at learning if parents and teachers recognize these intelligences and provide multiple opportunities for experiences and connections to their Smart Parts.
To make the most effective use of the stations please follow these guidelines.
Please participate with your child. The activities are designed to be interactive.
The Investigations Stations are designed for preschool children ages three through five. While some activities can be enjoyed by children both younger and older, please supervise them carefully so that toys and materials are not used inappropriately.
The noisiest and messiest activities are located in the story room which is open for your use, but children must be supervised by an adult.
Your children are sharing the library with many other library users, some of whom need and expect a quiet library. Please be aware that the level of noise which parents are accustomed to may not be acceptable to others. Quiet voices are encouraged.
We have seen children hurt themselves and others when they run, climb, swing or jump on furniture and shelving. Please prevent injuries by watching your children at all times. Remind children they must use the stairs to get on and off the stage.
Likes to hear music in his or her head, connect music to emotions, sing to himself or herself, tap or move to rhythms.
Likes to be precise, figure out relationships, have a special goal, solve things.
Likes to do puzzles, draw, imagine, visualize.
Likes to be alone, think things through, reflect.
Likes to build, experience, feel and touch, make things, move.
Likes to be with people, empathize, interact, lead, teach.
Likes to learn new vocabulary, play with words, read and write.
Likes to categorize, collect, grow, plant, relate to animals, sort.
Each area will include suggested activities based on the current themes. Books and materials for loan will be on display at all areas.
Creative Corneris where hands get dirty; supplied with a variety of art supplies to be used independently with directions, and suggestions and samples of coloring and craft activities related to the current theme.
Drama Boulevardfeatures a stage, puppets armoire, a mirror, dress ups, seasonal clothing (hats, mittens, scarves, etc), and sports equipment.
Pretend Parkwayis the home of a kitchen center with food, pots and pans and utensils; and dolls, clothing and accessories.
Construction Junctionhas a large variety of building materials including LEGOs®, gears, nuts and bolts, tools and toolbox, and puzzles.
Word Terraceis the home of the books and more traditional reading and writing activities. This features a flannel board, magnetic board, creative writing center, take home activities cards, book displays and the parent's center.
Melody Laneis a movement and listening space with instruments, cassette/CD player with and without headphones; accessories like ribbons and scarves, and access to poems, finger plays, stories in both print and recorded format.
Science Squareincludes various magnifying tools, measurement tools, sorting and classifying materials, sand/water table, indoor gardening equipment, and tactile box.
The Investigation Stations Gallery offers participants space to display their creations.
In addition to providing materials to explore and learn by using the various intelligences, the Investigation Stations will feature a topic to explore.
The directed activities that accompany the stations use various entry points to assist the learner in using their Smart Parts to develop an understanding of the topic. The exploration of these topics will provide three-, four-, and five-year olds with new ways to develop the skills needed to have a successful experience when they enter kindergarten.
The use of a variety of entry points to a topic will encourage parents to stimulate all of their children's Smart Parts. The use of entry points allows the integration of MI theory into the learning process without superimposing “artificial” activities upon a topic.
entry point is the story or stories central to the topic. The stories may be read, told or performed. They may include fiction and nonfiction in the representation of the topic. These may include both modern fiction and fantasy and traditional folklore.
entry point focuses on numerical aspects of the topic and on logic and deductive reasoning. The entry point asks if-then questions and sorts, orders and categorizes the different aspects of the topic.
entry point engages the artistic representations or aspects of the topic. It will focus on the use of the senses to investigate the topic and my involve imagination.
The Experimental (Hands-on)
entry point involves working with the physical stuff of the topic. This entry point will be closely aligned with the logical-quantitative entry point but provides for more opportunity to handle and manipulate materials
entry point involves working with others to learn about a topic. This may be as simple as an adult and child working together, or a group or team approach to learning.
entry point deals with the philosophical aspect of the topic. It answers the questions of why and what is the purpose or meaning of the topic. This explores the questions that children often ask about their environment.