Mommy & Me Classes Preschool Program
Join us each Thursday at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, and 12:00 pm for Mommy & Me! Our program is specifically designed for children aged 3-5 and their caregivers. Discover and explore the world around us through play! Create, experiment, investigate, and learn together. Each week has a different theme, and lots of fun new activities to play with. Cost is included in museum admission and free for museum members.
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This is a DROP IN program. Feel free to arrive anytime and stay as long as you like. This program has two components: Discovery Tables (hands-on activity stations), and mini-classes.
Discovery Table activities will be located in the Jolley Education Center for the entire program time. Feel free to jump in and play as long as you like. We recommend giving your family at least 30 minutes to play before clean-up at 12:30.
Mini-classes are scheduled at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, and 12:00 pm and last 20-30 minutes. Each class includes storytime and fun guided activities designed for children and caregivers to do together. Each class is the same, so just pick one!
Caregivers, you play a critical role in your child’s learning! Please participate WITH your child. Help them play, learn, and grow!
Mommy & Me Program
*If you are planning on bringing a group of 10 or more, please contact us ahead of time for planning purposes! *
Recent Program Topics
I Spy: Learning to identify shapes is a great way for children to develop their vocabulary and prepares them for more complex math skills like geometry. Keep your little one occupied in the car by playing "I Spy" with shapes. Try "I spy a circle that tells cars to go" or "I spy a sign that's shaped like a triangle."
Weather: Today in class we learned where rain comes from. You can experiment with the water cycle by putting a small amount of water in a zip-close baggie. Tape this to a sunny window, and observe what happens when the baggie gets warm. The water will evaporate and condense on the inside of the baggie. When it cools off again, what happens to the water?
Transportation: Today in class we explored different types of transportation. Reinforce these lessons by pointing out different vehicles as you drive around. Maybe even create a checklist or bingo card. How many different vehicles can you find?
Woody Friends: Today in class we learned about capillary action, or how tall trees get water all the way up to the top leaves! You can repeat this experiment at home with a white carnation, or a celery stalk that still has some leaves attached. Simply put the fresh-cut end in a cup of water, dyed with food coloring, and wait a few days. Eventually, you'll see the color appear in the flower or leaves!
Busy Barnyard: Today in class we explored different textures. Exposing your child to new sensory inputs, like cotton balls or feathers, can help a child develop their sensory processing capacity. As children grow and enter school, understanding how a child processes information from his or her environment can be used to help them learn in a classroom. Each child responds to sensory input differently, so pay attention to your child's reaction!
Mommy & Me FAQ’s
Mommy & Me is designed for children ages 3-5 and their caregivers- moms, dads, grandparents, and other adults. Above all, this program is focused on making learning fun and exciting! Each day has a new topic or theme and combines hands-on activities, storytime, songs, games, crafts, imagination, and creativity.Hands-on activity stations called “Discovery Tables” will be located in the Jolley Education Center for the duration of the program. These activities are designed for caretakers and children to do together. You’ll find art activities, math, literacy, science, and free play opportunities. Feel free to stay as long as you wish.
Additionally, each day will feature 3 mini-classes. These 20-30 minute classes will feature storytime and fun guided activities for caretakers and children to do together. Each class will be the same, so you only need to attend one!
Caregivers are asked to stay and actively play with their children! We believe that caregivers are a child’s first teacher, and your participation is vital to the success of this program. Adults with younger children are encouraged to be more involved- this helps the child transition into a classroom setting with less stress, and helps the other children have a great experience with fewer distractions.
Caregivers must stay with their children at all times. Children learn the most from the adults in their lives, and this program is no exception. Each program features activities that the child and their caregiver do together. The educators give tips and tools to make this a positive experience for everyone- adults and children. Adults are expected to play an active role in this experience.Adults with younger children are encouraged to be more involved during the class- this helps the child transition into a classroom setting with less stress, and helps the other children have a great experience with fewer distractions.
Mommy & Me is included with general admission. Adults are $7.50, seniors are $6.50, children 4-12 are $5.50, and children 3 and under are free. Admission is always free for members!We suggest frequent attendees purchase a membership. Not only will this save you money in the long run, membership is a great way to support the Southern Museum and to stay informed about other events and programs! View more information about membership
We focus on diverse early learning skills, including science, math, language, literacy, social/emotional skills, and fine/large motor skills. Different learning styles and preferences are embraced and highlighted in each class. We publish each week's learning objectives, and educators are always on-hand to answer specific questions.As a non-traditional learning institution, the Southern Museum embraces a learning style that focuses on play-based learning, and encourages curiosity, exploration, asking questions, and solving problems. Sometimes the things we ask the kids to do are challenging! These challenges are designed to build confidence and encourage a love for learning. We work to support children as they learn and grow through new challenges.
The classroom portions of this program are a good way to introduce your child to school-readiness skills. To continue learning about the week’s topic, check out our Facebook page for additional activities to do at home.