Monthly Archives: January 2014

Free Learning Websites for Kids!

Looking for fun, educational websites that will keep the kids motivated to learn but also entertained? Look no further because we’ve got a great list of free websites for you and the kids to explore!

Just click on the website logo and go!

Play games while practicing math & reading skills!

Hang out with your favorite characters all while learning!

Learn all about geography and fascinating animals.

Practice your phonic skills with these read-along stories.

Go “into the book” to play games that practice reading strategies.

Read, play games and hang out with Dr. Seuss and his friends.

Have some of your favorite stories read to you by movie stars!

Practice math & reading skills all while playing fun games!

Watch, listen and play games to learn all about amazing animals!

Read, play games and conduct cool science experiments!

Check out this great blog written by a 1st grade teacher! She has excellent websites, print-outs, ideas and more all for young children!


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day falls on the third Monday of every January and there are a lot of reasons why a holiday was named after this guy. Here’s a look into the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. His dad was a minister and his grandfather was the pastor there before that. Martin Luther King, Jr. was taught by his parents at a young age to treat everyone with respect.

Martin Luther King Jr. decided to follow in his dad’s footsteps when he went to college. In 1954, Martin received his PhD and became known as Dr. King. He accepted a job as a pastor at a church in Montgomery, Alabama and organized non-violent protests against the mistreatment people in his community. Martin Luther King, Jr. was always peaceful and reminded those who followed him that their fight would be victorious if there was no violence.

On August 28, 1963, 200,000 people gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. It was a peaceful protest for laws to guarantee every American equal civil rights. The march was one of the largest groups of protesters Washington D.C. had ever seen. Even more amazing was the fact that there was no violence. During this march, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. One year later, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed. That same year, King was also awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace.

Dr. King traveled across America, organizing marches, speaking about world peace and supporting civil rights. In April 1968, he went to Memphis, Tennessee to support sanitation workers who were on strike. On April 3rd, Dr. King gave his last speech. The following day, as he was leaving his hotel room, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot and killed. James Earl Ray was convicted of murdering Martin Luther King Jr., although some members of King’s family believe the US government may have been involved in his death. In 1986, Martin Luther King Day officially became a federal holiday in the United States.

Here’s a clip from Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, below.


Tidbits & Tales program

You won’t want to miss our first ever Tidbits and Tales program! The program is free with your membership but registration is required. Call 228-7997 to register!

Field Trip Forecast for Jan 14th-31st

Field Trip Forecast for Jan 14th-31st

Jan 14th: Group Free Tuesdays
15th: None
16th: None
17th: None
Jan 20th, Monday: Museum Open for MLK 10-5 pm
21st: Group Free Tuesday and Members Only Free event at 9 am
22nd: None
23rd: None
24th: None
28th: Group Free Tuesdays
29th: 10 am-12 7 kids
30th: 10 am-12, 10 kids
31st: None

The Museum is Closed on Mondays unless noted.
Call and speak to Dawn Walker if you’d like to schedule a field trip for your school or homeschool group, 336-228-7997

Recyclable Art

Happy New Year! Christmas is over and you may still be in the process of getting rid of old wrapping paper/rolls or other Christmas related items but before you toss anything, think about what could be recycled to use for crafts with the kids later on! We’ve got a few ideas for you for items that could be recycled into some great crafts for the children in your home!


Wrapping paper tube
Card stock/construction paper
Leftover wrapping paper
Ribbon or tissue paper
Glue, tape, stapler

1. Grab an empty wrapping paper tube and decorate it with crayons, markers, paint etc., whatever you’d like or cover it with leftover wrapping paper of your choice.
2. Fold the card stock/construction paper, whatever you have available, in half and then draw and cut the paper into the shape of the face of the hobby horse. (After cut but when still folded in half, the paper should be able to wrap around one end of the tube like shown in the picture above).
3. Draw eyes, a nose and smile onto the paper to create the face of the horse.
4. Glue or staple the face to one end of the tube, wrapping around the tube securely.
5. Cut ribbon or tissue paper into 1 inch or smaller strips and staple to the very top of the end with the face on it for hair, and then do the same at the other end of the tube as well.
6. Use a different colored paper for the horn if you wish to make a unicorn instead of a horse.







Wrapping paper tube
Markers, crayons, stickers
Aluminum foil or wax paper
Masking tape
Popcorn kernels
Uncooked rice



1. Cut a small square of aluminum foil/wax paper, enough to cover the end of the tube, and wrap it around the end of the tube firmly.


2. Cut long strips of masking tape and tape over the aluminum foil completely, ensuring that the contents will not break through.
3. Pour popcorn kernels, rice, coffee beans, uncooked pinto beans, etc. into the tube.
4. Repeat step 2, completely securing the other end.
5. Decorate your rain stick however you would like and enjoy! Use materials such as string, paint, stickers.
**For additional ideas for what to include inside of your rain stick, follow this step by step guide we found online!