Archive for July, 2016

Learning Through Play: Spotlight on Build It Young Explorers

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The blog last week provided an overview of learning through play with infants and toddlers and the areas as well as experiences we provide here to support their growth and development. As promised, I would like to spend the next few weeks doing a deeper dive in to the theory behind the design of our Young Explorer areas and how best to support our youngest learners in these areas of the Museum. Build It Young Explorers, an area specifically designed ...

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The Early Years: Learning Through Play

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I have been thinking a lot lately about our youngest visitors, the myths and realities that surround the early years, and what we do here to support the growth, and development of children from birth to 24 months of age. One myth that immediately comes to mind is that of an infant or toddler as a blank slate, waiting for us to fill them up with knowledge and skills. The reality is that if you watch an ...

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Push and Pull: Physics of Motion in Action

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Last week, Alix Tonsgard, our Early Learning Specialist, explored some of the basic underpinnings of physics in action for children. This week, we add to our base with some more thoughts on how to explore the physics of motion both at home and at the museum.

A toddler’s earliest experiences are based on developing and coordinating motor skills. They start their lives trying to move, then master crawling before graduating to pulling themselves upright without assistance. Thus, the child builds on ...

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Physics In Action

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Approaching the topic of science with young children can be daunting to those with little science background, or for those who may not have had the most positive experiences with science in their own childhood. As a result, science anxiety impacts how teachers approach engaging their students in the classroom, and thereby, the quality of the experiences young learners are having.

Here at DCM, we strive to empower teachers and caregivers to see that you don’t need a degree in chemistry ...

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