Archive for May, 2016

Think. Explore. Create. Math Masterpieces.

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By: Alix Tonsgard | Early Learning Specialist
Justice Janowski | Art Specialist

Last Friday night DCM was buzzing with anticipation for the opening of the newest installation in the Good Show! Gallery, “Think. Explore. Create. Math Masterpieces.” The exhibit captures the experience of the children from Addison KinderCare engaging in the three stages of the art process. In the gallery you can read quotes from the young artists, see pictures of them working on their depictions, and view their created ...

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Using BIG words with Preschoolers

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Sagacious, sophisticated, and sedulous may not seem like words that one would use in everyday conversation with a preschooler, however, research indicates that parents and caregivers who talk with children using unusual words provide exposure to new words and new concepts that can be built upon for years to come! Molly F. Collins, EdD, co-author of So Much More Than the ABCs, shares that preschoolers who hear rich explanations of sophisticated words learn significantly more words than children who ...

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What’s Really Going on at the Water Table?

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The water tables are always busy here at DCM because children are naturally drawn to water. As a child, I have vivid memories of sifting through pebbles on the shoreline, puddle jumping on hot summer evenings, and experimenting with various materials in the water table in my nursery school classroom. As a result, I was never one to stop my preschoolers from filling little pools of water on the slide with woodchips when playing on the playground after ...

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Once Upon A Time…The Importance of Fairy Tales

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Last Friday the Museum was filled with little ones in costumes as we celebrated Fairy Tale Fest. We paraded around the Museum, danced at the royal ball, created castles in the block area, and so much more. The night was truly a success and so I thought this would be a good opportunity to explore the question of why children, for hundreds of years and in countries all over the world, love fairy tales.

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