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Museum offering activities for preschoolers

Museum offering activities for preschoolers

By KAYLA PONGRAC

Our Town Correspondent

For the third year in a row, Compass Inn Museum will offer their “Little Explorers Preschool Program” this October.

“Little Explorers Preschool Program” is suitable for children between the ages of 3 and 5. The programs are scheduled to take place Thursday mornings from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Oct. 5 through Oct. 26 at Compass Inn Museum. The museum is an early 1800s stagecoach inn on the original Philadelphia-Pittsburgh Turnpike. It's located along Route 30 in Laughlintown, three miles east of Ligonier.

All of the programs will be led by Compass Inn’s Program Coordinator and Innkeeper Malori Stevenson. Stevenson will teach preschoolers what life was like in the 19th century.

“This is a great introduction to history for little ones,” Stevenson said. “We have designed our sessions to offer diverse learning opportunities around suitable themes. Compass Inn Museum provides a rich learning environment, allowing kids to explore history in a way that makes sense to them.”

Stevenson mentioned that the preschoolers will participate in activities relating to art, music, movement and more.

“Through the different activities, we practice hand/eye coordination, different shapes and colors, plus counting and following directions,” Stevenson said.

Stevenson also plans to tell stories, cook and play games that were common in the 19th century. All of these activities will help children understand the differences between “now and then,” she said.

“The preschoolers will get used to interacting with history, seeing it as play and not something to be intimidated by,” Stevenson said.

Since space is limited, advance registration is encouraged. There is a discount for those who sign up for all four sessions, as well as a discount for siblings (but please note that discounts cannot be combined).

For more information about “Little Explorers Preschool Program,” or to register, contact Stevenson at 724-238-4983 or email her at mstevenson@compassinn.org.

“This is a great way to expose kids to history in a preschooler-friendly environment,” Stevenson said. “And it’s fun for the kids.”

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