Archive for November, 2015

Process vs. Product

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The focus of all of our Studio programming is on process-oriented art. What is process-oriented art? Process-oriented, or open-ended, art focuses on the experience of creation and exploration of materials, tools, and even techniques. There are no step-by-step instructions. There is no wrong or right way. art supplies on a table It is self-motivated in that the desire to create comes from the child. The value of the ...

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Math at Home

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By: Alix Tonsgrad | DuPage Children’s Museum Early Learning Specialist

Last week we talked about the importance of early math and the math experiences here at DCM. Since children’s parents and primary caregivers are their most important first teachers and role models, I thought it was important to follow up this week with ways to support you outside of the Museum. The thought of doing math at home with your toddler might seem daunting; however, something as simple ...

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Math is Everywhere

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Did you know that almost everything we do relies on some form of mathematical thinking? Think about when you serve a meal or set a table. How do you know where to set the plates or glasses or how many to use? To complete this task, we rely on our understanding of patterns, counting, and estimation skills. Imagine riding a bicycle without understanding distance, balance, or spatial orientation. Without these skills, many of us might still need training wheels and ...

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