Early Childhood Curriculum

Marvelous Explorations Through Science and Stories: MESS®

Marvelous Explorations Through Science and Stories: MESS is a science-centered early childhood curriculum enhancement. The goal of MESS is to foster children's language development, literacy development, problem solving, curiosity and motivation, and general knowledge through science experiences.

MESS includes 10 month-long units that are appropriate for 3- through 5-year-old children. Each unit includes field-tested science experiences, suggestions for ways to integrate each topic across the curriculum, lists of recommended books and science materials, and ideas for involving families in children's learning at home and in other settings.

 

Educators' Guides & Recommended Materials

 

Head Start Discovering Science Guide cover imageHead Start Teacher's Guide to the Discovering Science Webcast Series

MESS Introduction cover imageIntroduction to MESS
Educators' Guide

MESS Animals 1 Guide cover imageAnimals 1: Fur, Fins, Feathers and More
Educators' Guide
Materials

MESS Animals 2 cover imageAnimals 2: Spiders and Insects
Educators' Guide
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MESS Water Guide cover imageInvestigating Water
Educators' Guide
Materials

MESS Kitchen Science Guide cover imageKitchen Science
Educators' Guide
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MESS My Body My Senses Guide cover imageMy Body My Senses
Educators' Guide
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MESS Our Natural World Guide cover imageOur Natural World
Educators' Guide
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MESS Physical Science Guide cover imagePhysical Science
Educators' Guide
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MESS Plant Life Guide cover imagePlant Life
Educators' Guide
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MESS Prehistoric Life Guide cover imagePrehistoric Life
Educators' Guide
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Partners

Funding

MESS® was first developed by a partnership among the Florida Museum of Natural History, Alachua County Library District/Youth Services, and Alachua County Public Schools Early Intervention Services/Prenatal to 5 Year Old Program. An Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant and a ChevronTexaco Foundation Touch Science Grant provided initial funding for MESS. Funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Administration for Children and Families is supporting the further development and expansion of MESS in Head Start classrooms in Marion County, Florida.