Archive for May, 2015

Volunteers Are at the Heart of the Museum

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By: Jessica Greenlawvolunteers

Nearly 30 years ago, DuPage Children’s Museum was founded, and run, by two extraordinary volunteers. Since that time, volunteers have stayed at the heart of the organization. Our volunteers are advocates and ambassadors in their communities. They link us to networking opportunities and partnerships, and they spread the word about our amazing programs and exhibits. We view our volunteers as partners in a life-long learning experience.

Last year, 1,083 volunteers logged ...

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Learning With Puzzles

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By Alix Tonsgard, DCM Early Learning Specialist

Enjoyment of puzzles, it strikes me, is one of a small group of play-like activities that span generations. From early childhood to late adulthood, there is just something about the way a jigsaw puzzle, crossword puzzle, or even Candy Crush challenges our thinking and exercises our minds, enticing and captivating us. In addition to being entertaining, puzzles are a valuable tool for young children in developing important cognitive and physical skills. Continue Reading →

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DCM In The Community

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By Sarah Orleans, DCM’s President & CEO

Learning LabsI can’t believe we are already well into spring and so much has happened since DuPage Children’s Museum experienced “Great Flood” back in January. We all know the saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” and that is exactly what we are doing.

Though our doors are temporarily closed, the good news is we will reopen this summer! And while we rebuild and ...

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Creativity and Learning are Risky Business

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By Alix Tonsgard, DCMEarly Learning Specialist

Risk taking is a natural part of childhood and perhaps at times the most terrifying part of childhood from a parent and caregiver perspective. However, I want us to take some time to think about risk taking, its relationship to creativity and learning, and its significance in a child’s overall growth and development. Risk taking happens as children explore the world around them; in essence it is curiosity which will transfer to ...

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