Archive for March, 2017

Supporting Language Development

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Children’s museums are unique places that vary according to each organization’s individual guiding philosophies and missions. The range of focus is wide, spanning from science education to open-ended play exploration and a myriad of topics in between. One thing however, that seems to be consistent and often overlooked, are the ways in which museums support the other crucial areas of growth and development outside of specific content areas.

Today I want to draw attention to language development. Research shows that ...

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Why

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Anyone who works with, takes care of, or parents children between the ages of two to four years knows that this is the age of ‘why.’ While this may very well press your buttons and seem like a testing strategy, these questions are actually an expression of how very young children are fueled by curiosity and innately driven to figure out how the world works.

Why questions are rich with possibilities to teach important concepts and skills, but even more important, ...

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