Clayton, N.Y. - The Antique Boat Museum (ABM), North America's premier freshwater nautical museum based in Clayton, New York, has announced a new children's program, B is for Boat, which uniquely connects boats with literacy.
B is for Boat will consist of a story time connected with a fun craft, game and/or song. Children will be split into four groups based on grade level for appropriate games, books, activities, and fun.
The Baby Boat grouping is for babies to pre-kindergarten aged children. Baby Boats will meet on Monday mornings from 9:30-10:30 a.m. There will be coloring, toys to play with, singing and dancing to get little ones reading, playing, and working on social interaction.
Silly Skiffs will be for children in kindergarten - first grade. This group will meet on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. with plenty of crafts, games, and hands-on activities. The group will read a book with assistance, however encouraged to recognize words, helping to increase vocabulary.
Clever Canoes will engage children in grades 2-3 on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. The group will focus on reading books by themselves and comprehension. Each activity will be specifically designed to enhance the understanding of the nautical text through trial and error.
Finally, for grades 4-5, the Feisty Freighters program will meet on Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. This independent program encourages students to read books they are interested in and then taking the new information and turning it into a hands-on workshop. Students will explore lighthouses, freighters, boatbuilding, and sailboats.
B is for Boat will be held in the exhibits of the Antique Boat Museum, allowing children to have the chance to interact with the boats by climbing into them, touching them, and using them for inspiration.
This is a free drop-in program and no pre-registration is required. The program will run the first full week of each month starting in November through May. B is for Boat will kick-off during the week of November 4.
The Scoop, located on Riverside Drive in Clayton, is a supporter of the B is for Boat program and will provide a free scoop of ice cream to students who participate in five weeks of the program. Stop by the Antique Boat Museum for more information or contact Julie Broadbent, ABM Educator, at 315-686-4104 x235.