Archive for February, 2016

EXPLORING LIGHT and SHADOWS

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(Dan is a Public Program Team Leader at the Museum and has a Master’s of Elementary Education. Before coming to the Museum Dan was a science teacher for 20 years.)

Children are natural scientists. A youngster’s natural inquisitiveness is the beginning of their scientific journey into the world around them. Kids come into this world with an innate drive to understand how the world around them works.

Science always starts with a question. Where does the sun go at ...

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Play to Learn: The Caregiver’s Role

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child & caregiver playing at our bubble tableIt is no secret that we believe that play is the most important way that young children learn. Research has demonstrated time and time again that providing rich and varied play experiences for children definitively has been proven to boost children’s early learning (Kaplan 1978; Bergen 1998; Johnson, Christie & Yawkey, 1999, as cited in Honig, 2007). When we talk about the power of play ...

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Dig Your Hands In and Satisfy Your Senses | Sensory Play at Home and at DCM

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By: Alix Tonsgard | Early Learning Specialist & Michelle Gonzalez | Assistant Public Programs Manager

Childhood is often loud and messy, and while it may seem that this is the case merely to test our patience, noisy, messy play has developmental significance. Children learn best and retain the most information when they are actively exploring their environments as well as the materials in them in ways that engage their senses. Sensory play includes any activity that engages any of ...

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