LEWISTON – Androscoggin Head Start and Child Care’s Coburn Center recently had a visit from the Children’s Museum of Maine. Suzanne Kahn, science coordinator for the Portland museum, spoke with the children about ways animals keep themselves safe.

Approximately 50 children, age 3 to 5, had the opportunity to see and touch a moose antler, turtle shell, owl wing, bird skull, deer skin, beaver tail, porcupine quills and other examples of ways that animals make noise or escape from predators.

Some of the children enrolled in the Coburn classrooms have never had the opportunity to see and feel many of the items that were displayed. Kahn let the children touch as much as they liked, and she asked questions to make them think about what they were viewing.

When asked how Emily, 4, knew that the skull she was shown was from a bird, she replied “Because I am very smart.”

The Children’s Museum offers workshops and outreach programs for early childhood educators and their students. For more information on the Children’s Museum, visit www.childrensmuseumofme.org for more information.

Androscoggin Head Start and Child Care has provided child development services to pregnant women, families and children, newborn to age 5, for more than 41 years. Centers are located in Lewiston, Auburn, Lisbon Falls, Livermore Falls, Mechanic Falls and Turner.

Applications for all Head Start programs are accepted at any time. Most programs are free to eligible children. For more information, people should call 795-4040 or visit www.androkids.com.

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