By KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent
Staff members at Ligonier Valley Historical Society are planning to host its Little Explorers preschool program suitable for 3- to 5-year-olds whose parents want to give them an age-appropriate introduction to local history.
Little Explorers is scheduled to take place Thursday mornings from 9:30 to 11 a.m. April 6 through April 27.
Malori Stevenson, program coordinator and innkeeper at Compass Inn Museum, and Cathy Cummings, Compass Inn Museum’s business office coordinator, are working together to lead the sessions.
“The preschoolers quickly get used to interacting with history,” Stevenson said. “They see it as play and not something to be intimidated by.”
The sessions are to include storytime, a movement activity, a craft and other activities that will encourage learning and exploration within the walls of Compass Inn Museum. All of these activities and opportunities will be designed to teach preschoolers what life was like back in the 19th century.
“Kids learn best through play while engaged and having fun, and that is what Little Explorers offers,” said Cummings, who has enjoyed teaching preschoolers for more than 20 years.
Advance registration is not required, but is strongly encouraged. There is a nominal fee for preschoolers to attend Little Explorers, and sibling discounts are being offered.
For more information, contact Stevenson by calling 724-238-4983 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
“This is a great introduction to history for little ones,” Stevenson said. “It’s a fantastic way to expose the kids to history in a preschooler-friendly environment.”