Archive for September, 2016

The Volunteer Spirit of Kiwanis

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By Dan Swick and Jessica Greenlaw
Historical contributions by Diane Ernst

At DuPage Children’s Museum we create an environment for all children to reach their full, unique learning potential through play in our hands-on exhibits of art, math, and science. However, we could not do any of this without some very dedicated volunteers. Community volunteers play a vital role in the success of the DuPage Children’s Museum. Great things happen when adults work collaboratively to give children the chance to learn, ...

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Books for Raising Critical Thinkers

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Providing an environment that stimulates creativity and innovation is one of the things we are most passionate about here at DCM. Creative and innovative processes support problem solving, critical thinking, persistence, curiosity, and imagination, all of which are cognitive capacities that are critical to a child’s success throughout the lifespan. That being said, when I stumbled upon this post on Red Tricycle Eureka! Discover 13 Books that Inspire Innovation, I couldn’t wait to share it ...

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The Serious Business of Play

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With the dawn of a new school year always comes a lot of chatter in the news about education topics. This school year I have been hearing a lot of stories pertaining to homework and recess. Finland, which consistently has one of the highest rankings in the world, is also a leader in the areas of recess and play. As play is a topic we are rather passionate about at DCM, I thought that this would be a ...

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Everyone Helps!

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Our annual maintenance period (AMP) for refreshing exhibits is currently underway. Staff and volunteers are working diligently to clean, paint and (sometimes) refurbish every area, including exhibits and behind the scenes. This is no small task! We are doing more than checking our seat cushions for coins!

We remove almost every exhibit from its comfortable space and embark on a deep cleaning of the ENTIRE Museum! Each block in Math Connections is scrubbed. Walls are painted, the smallest spaces ...

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