At Home Discovery Kits for Low Income VI Families

by The Virgin Islands Children's Museum
At Home Discovery Kits for Low Income VI Families
At Home Discovery Kits for Low Income VI Families
At Home Discovery Kits for Low Income VI Families
At Home Discovery Kits for Low Income VI Families
At Home Discovery Kits for Low Income VI Families
At Home Discovery Kits for Low Income VI Families
At Home Discovery Kits for Low Income VI Families
At Home Discovery Kits for Low Income VI Families
At Home Discovery Kits for Low Income VI Families
At Home Discovery Kits for Low Income VI Families
At Home Discovery Kits for Low Income VI Families
At Home Discovery Kits for Low Income VI Families
Kids receive discovery kits at the VICM
Kids receive discovery kits at the VICM

To encourage family conversations around children’s mental health and well-being, the Virgin Islands Children Museum distributed a 5th At Home Discovery Kit in Fall 2021.

At Home Discovery Kit 5 was designed to help recipients support their children’s physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral well-being with an invitation to “Spring into Measuring Your Mental Health”. The kit was curated for ages 2 to 8 but all children were invited to increase their understanding of units and measurements in a way that allows families to have fun together! A primary goal of the kit was to help kids gain a frame of reference that is always with them by encouraging them to take length measurements of their own body, create planters from items inside the home to grow their own food-bearing plants, and through tracking both the growth of their plant and their mental health.

This At Home Discovery Kit included school supplies and a colorful 12-page activity booklet with options for independent discovery as well as the opportunity to interact with a parent, adult, and/or guardian to support engagement and learning. Games and guides to emergency preparedness were also included to get children involved in planning for a natural disaster. The book encourages open communication about extreme events which can help children express their emotions and be mentally prepared for difficult times.

This is the largest disbursement of VICM Discovery Kits to date with 2,000 kits gifted to kids territory-wide. This kit was made possible through the Virgin Islands Children’s Museum’s partnership with The USVI Department of Health Maternal Child Health Division Project LAUNCH Program, USVI Department of Agriculture, Storm Strong VI and Dr. Adam Parr of the University of the Virgin Islands, the Children and Youth Task Force, and through generous donations from the public via the ongoing GlobalGiving.org fundraising initiative: At Home Discovery Kits for VI Families (47832).

Thank you for helping us help kids Explore, Play, Discover, at home.

Sincerely, 

The VICM Team       

https://www.vichildrensmuseum.org/

Kits include agriculture and school supplies
Kits include agriculture and school supplies
Activities explore measurements & meantal health
Activities explore measurements & meantal health
A child shows off the plant he grew with DK5 items
A child shows off the plant he grew with DK5 items

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Kids play with polymer snow from Discovery Kit 4
Kids play with polymer snow from Discovery Kit 4

 

To promote family engagement and inspire families to continue learning together while at home, the Virgin Islands Children’s Museum has distributed its 4th At Home Discovery Kit! We are pleased to report that your charitable contributions helped us to create Discovery Kits for 400 youth throughout the territory.

 

Kit recipients gain knowledge about cause-and-effect measurements, physical reactions, geometry, and fostered literacy development while observing VI History Month. With this precipitation science kit, families can explore geometry by creating snowflake math art, play with polymer snow for a fun sensory experience and discover how all forms of precipitation are involved in our planet’s water cycle.

 

Many families are struggling financially and emotionally during these COVID times. We aim to be a community resource to support low-income households with children and truly hope our discovery kits will uplift their spirits and facilitate hands-on learning in the home.

 

Four hundred discovery kits were delivered to families throughout the territory via distribution partners such as the Longpath Community Center, Nana Baby Children’s Home, Boys & Girls Clubs of St Thomas/St John, Inc., and Catholic Charities of the Virgin Islands St Thomas/St John/St Croix and by visiting the VI Children’s Museum.

 

The At Home Discovery Kit program is ongoing and our next distribution is slated for mid-summer 2021 and will highlight agriculture, units and measurements, with a special focus on children’s mental and behavioral health. 

Thank you for helping us help kids Explore, Play, Discover, at home. 

 

Sincerely, 

The VICM Team       

https://www.vichildrensmuseum.org/

A child builds a snowman with polymer snow
A child builds a snowman with polymer snow

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Child engages in Paper Mountains activity DKIII
Child engages in Paper Mountains activity DKIII

The Virgin Islands Children's Museum has remained committed to being an informal education resource for Virgin Islanders and therefore developed our At Home Discovery Kit program to support families in their homes during this pandemic. We are pleased to report that your charitable contributions helped us to create At Home Discovery Kits for 950 youth throughout the territory. Discovery Kit III was an Earth Science kit that included activity books, coloring pages, a globe ball toy, stickers and the materials needed to do a paper mountains watershed activity; an information page, blank paper, a box of 6 washable markers, a shop towel, and a pipette.


Many children are schooling from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Your funds helped us supply families with the tools needed to keep kids engaged and inspired to create and learn at home. By distributing hands on activities to children throughout our community we facilitate family engagement and hope to inspire a continued interest in learning by providing fun and interactive ways to do so.


Our distribution partners included 19 public service and youth organizations. We provided activities and art supplies to numerous home school groups/ families, twenty private school or youth organizations, and children that attend five different public schools as well as low income families (approximately 300) that were reached through our community service partners that specialize in working with those in need.


The At Home Discovery Kit program is ongoing and our next distribution will be a Winter/ Climate science discovery kit curated for elementary school-aged children and middle-high school aged youth to be distributed in early March. Thank you for helping us help kids Explore, Play, Discover, at home.

In the press

 

Sincerely,

The VICM Team

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Daily News Press for At Home Discovery Kits
Daily News Press for At Home Discovery Kits

 

To the generous donors of our GlobalGiving At Home Discovery Kit campaign,  

 

We are pleased to report that your charitable contributions helped us deliver 200 Water Science themed At Home Discovery Kits to low income families throughout the Virgin Islands. The water science discovery kits were curated for children from kindergarten through 5th grade and a more advanced kit was created for children in middle grades and high school with a total of 91 kits delivered to families on the island of St Thomas, 84 kits dispatched to families on St Croix, and 25 kits given to families on St John. 

   The water science discovery kit included items such as activity pages, books, colored pencils, crayons, fidget toys, posters, stickers, and citizen science projects to help foster an understanding of the real world applications of science. The VICM believes kids can contribute to the scientific process in meaningful ways if given the tools and inspiration to do so! A youth-friendly home water-testing kit empowered kids to do chemistry experiments in their homes and report their findings online to add to a science data set on home water quality in the territory. The water quality information the youth are collecting is already being submitted to and analyzed by scientists at the University of the Virgin Islands. 

The At Home Discovery Kit program is ongoing and our next distribution will be an Earth science discovery kit curated for elementary school-aged children to be distributed in November. Thank you for helping us help kids Explore, Play, Discover, at home. 

 

Sincerely, 

The VICM Team

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