Mr Scott
Simply explore to discover more!

Explore Your World...

 
Let's Explore with Mr. Scott

...with Mr. Scott!

Mr. Scott a short subject program featuring WQPT's own Scott Brouette, designed to help encourage children ask questions, try different ways of using materials, and offer them a wide range of new experiences. The series presents parents and and caregivers with easy, inexpensive or free ways to interact with children and help them discover the wonders surrounding them. Whether it be a new way to look at trees or a fun new way to spell their names.

Whether at home or in preschool, children like to really get involved in activities and to experience the "engagement" that is such an important foundation for learning.
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“Young children learn through exploration and play. When children are encouraged to explore the world around them with the people they love, learning becomes a very powerful principal of their life.”

— Mr. Scott

Episodes

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Adopt a Tree #1

Trees are amazing and many of them change with the seasons! Choose a tree that you can visit throughout the year and observe what happens. Do the leaves change colors? Do different animals visit tree? Does the tree get bigger? Document the changes with a camera or sketch them in a notebook. Visit the tree often and get to know the changes that occur as the weather changes.

Adopt a Tree #2

Trees are amazing and many of them change with the seasons! Choose a tree that you can visit throughout the year and observe what happens. Do the leaves change colors? Do different animals visit tree? Does the tree get bigger? Document the changes with a camera or sketch them in a notebook. Visit the tree often and get to know the changes that occur as the weather changes.

 

Color Search

The Stampe Lilac Garden in Davenport, Iowa is filled with many different flowers. Using your sense of sight, search the garden for different colors. You may even find your favorite color!

 

Ground Exploration

There are so many exciting things you can find on the ground when you're at a park like Gildea's Pocket Park in Davenport!

 

How High Can
You Count?

You can find numbers in many different places as you are out walking. Make it a game! Start with 1 and see how many numbers you can identify. How high can you count on your next walk?

 

Ice
Blocks

Just like the way you made mud blocks, do the same with water and see what you can build from your frozen bricks.

 

Insect Count

Insects are everywhere you look, but there are way to many for just one person to count—unless you choose a single plant and count the insects that land on it.

 

Insect Safari

Insects are everywhere and there is no better place to see a wide variety than down by the river. Learn how to carefully collect, observe and draw insects! Then release them back into the river environment.

 

Leaf Sounds

Leaves come in all shapes and sizes, but do they make sounds? In this episode, Mr. Scott encourages you to explore the leaves around you and make grass whistle while you visit places like Black Hawk Historic Site in Rock Island.

 

Letter Search

Look for the letters of your name at the Fildea's Pocket Park in Davenport.

 

Nature Bracelet

It doesn't take much to create a beautiful nature bracelet when you visit places like the Black Hawk State Historic Site!

 

Nature Sculpture

Gather found objects and create your own nature sculpture. Mr. Scott makes an elephant.

 

Nest
Building

Many different animals build nests, but first they have to find the materials. On Credit Island there are many different materials that can be used to build a nest. So start collecting and build your own nest!

 

Non-Traditional Measurement

Mr. Scott shows how you can use traditional measuring tools or nontraditional items to measure all sorts of things while you are at places like Vande Veer Botanical Park in Davenport.

 

Rainy Days

Rainy days can be a lot of fun. Especially in your own back yard! Learn how to make mud into building blocks that can be used over and over again!

 

River Clean-Up

The Mississippi River is an important resource here in the Quad Cities so it is important that we keep it clean. Do your part and help clean up the banks of the river. When we pick up trash and dispose of it properly the entire river ecosystem benefits!

 

River Erosion

Discover what happens when river water continuously flows against the riverbank. See how we can help stop the erosion of the soil using natures own strong materials… ROCKS!

 

Snow Art

Create a frame from branches in the snow and then use colored water to spray on the snow to create your masterpiece.

 

Socks & Seeds

Some plants need help to spread their seeds and continue to grow. Many seeds are designed to hitch a ride onto anything that walks by. Let's help the plants on Credit Island spread their seeds! Take a walk through the park without your shoes and see what seeds hitch a ride on your socks!

 

Treasure Hunt

Treasure is different for everyone. Walking along the Ben Butterworth Parkway in Moline, Illinois is a great place to search for treasure. See what you can find on your walk!

 
 

About Mr. Scott

Scott BrouetteMr. Scott is currently Assistant Director for Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Student Affairs and Program Director for the WIU-QC/WQPT AmeriCorps Early Childhood Literacy Project.

As a former Lead Teacher at Illinois State University Child Care Center and Western Illinois University Infant and Preschool Center, Mr. Scott Scott strived to create a safe, caring and educational environment for young children.

Scott Brouette received an Associate of Arts degree from Moraine Valley Community College and has earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology, Mass Communication and Early Childhood Education from Illinois State University. He holds a Master's degree in Elementary Education from Western Illinois University.

Attention Teachers: Would you like Mr. Scott to visit your classroom? Contact us for information.