Operation Little Learners (OLL) dove into science for their August Family Fun Field Trip. The Virginia Living Museum in Newport News is home to more than 250 living species native to Virginia. Little Learners were introduced to national science standards through hands-on exhibits that correlate with and reinforce standards. They learned about endangered species like red wolves; fish with no eyes and frogs that change colors; and even got to explore the Jurassic era, complete with fossilized dinosaur tracks.
Each month, Operation Little Learners provides opportunities like this for program participants to experience some of the amazing things Hampton Roads has to offer. Last month, the OLL crew headed to Pungo to tour the Military Aviation Museum and eat lunch with the dinosaurs. The Virginia Living Museum did not dissapoint! "We're so happy to be offering these opportunities to our military families despite the current constraints of this health crisis. I love watching these kiddos as they have new experiences and learn new things," said Mrs. Tessa Davis, Operation Little Learners Program Director. "All of the Little Learners were fascinated by this tank full of jellies. Jellyfish always make such an impression!"
Military life can be hard. Multiple moves before a child reaches school age can create a variety of challenges including inconsistent educational opportunities and lack of community. Operation Little Learners was designed to provide extra support in preparing military kids for kindergarten. OLL empowers parents to actively guide their child's early education. It also gives both parent and child an opportunity to build community with other military families who understand their unique situation. The curriculum emphasizes fine motor skills, letter recognition, sensory play and opportunities for social development.
The role of the program has not shifted during this pandemic, but the means of delivery has. Currently, active duty military families in Hampton Roads have two opportunities each month to engage in person during field trips and Craft & Conversation events. They also have the opportunity to follow along with the virtual Summer Session consisting videos and numerous activities that are delivered via email twice weekly. Visit the Operation Little Learners page for more information and to register for upcoming events.
Posted August 13, 2020
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