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Head Start Kids Explore Science, Math

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By Jay Michaels

Jerome, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Head Start is all about making sure kids learn what they need to for school. Usually Head Start students learn how to read and other language skills. But this week kids three through five years old are learning about science and math.

Ariana Gonzalez says, "We said, let's start them when they're little. Let's get them excited about numbers, let's get them excited about science. Maybe later on that's what they'll want to do, they'll want to study something like that in college."

Today these Head Start kids measured their feet, then their bodies, and the classroom which is 8½ students long. This week they'll also learn about combining things like baking soda and vinegar, or colors like blue and green.

Jackie Maximilllian, Ph.D. with the University of Idaho says, "When they start early, the more they realize how science is part and parcel of their lives, not something that's out there that they have to go and seek, or that has nothing to do with them."

Gonzalez points out that things that are common to adults are amazing to kids. She also indicates there are some openings in the science and math day camp.

Gonzalez says, "We kind of had it full at the beginning, but some of our kids haven't been showing up, so we do have openings. But we did have 64 slots that we could fill."

The camp runs through Thursday in Jerome. You can find out if there are still openings by calling 324-2385.

June 11, 2013.


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