PEACHESBright GEMS for Early Educators
PEACHES (Primary Explorations for Children and Educators in Science)
is a nationally-recognized early childhood program from the Lawrence
Hall of Science (LHS) and published as part of the GEMS line of GEMS
PEACHES curriculum units evolved from
activities originated and taught by LHS early childhood educators over
many years. The activities convey key primary science and mathematics
concepts and skills in a developmentally appropriate way, while interweaving
literature, language acquisition, drama, art, role-play, and environmental
Imagine children closely observing a trail of ants outdoors
to be scout ants in search of food
feeding ants in an ant farm...or
playing a cooperative math game called "Fill the Hill." This
PEACHES activities have been used in elementary schools, preschools,
child care centers, family day care sites, and homes. With modifications,
the activities can be adapted for use with 3-year-olds or with children
above first grade. GEMS Teachers Guides are designed so teachers,
childcare providers, and parents can feel knowledgeable, confident,
and above all, excited about doing science and math with their children.
In its professional development programs, PEACHES has reached over 3,000
early childhood educators, parents, day care providers, and others who
work with children 46 years oldthrough professional
development workshops and other programs.
PEACHES in the garden: Schools across the country are developing
gardens and linking outdoor activities to their math, science, and literacy
programs. We are seeking examples of the ways you are using PEACHES
and GEMS to promote investigations in the garden. If you are incorporating
PEACHES activities as part of your garden curriculum, or would like
to tell us about activities of your own, please drop
us a note.
Looking for online activities? Check out the PEACHES activity
"Aphid Eaters" and other educational games on the LHS
24/7 Science site.