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Conversation Starters

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Does this scenario sound familiar? You pick your little one up from school, or maybe you are sitting at the dinner table, and you ask the age-old question, “What did you do in school today?” and the response you get is “played” or “nothing.”  If you want your little one to open up and give you the juicy details, open-ended questions that get them really thinking are the way to go. Here are a few ideas to try ...

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Plain Blocks = Deluxe Learning

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A toy not decorated with TV characters or bright colors? No blinking lights? No microchip? Nothing that wiggles or twinkles or giggles? Why would kids want to play with something like that? And yet, they do. They play with blocks. Plain, wooden ones. Many early childhood educators say wooden unit blocks are the one piece of play equipment they wouldn’t do without.

For many children, exploring the Block Area on the second floor is one of the ...

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Raising Mini Physicists

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When most of you think about learning physics, where does your memory take you? Do you automatically think of physics class in high school or maybe an experiment in middle school? Whether or not we realize it, we all grew up experimenting with physics in and out of the classroom. For instance, did you have a Slinky® when you were a child? This is a toy that helps you intuitively learn physics. My brother and I each had a Slinky® ...

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Train Play: A window into child development

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Trains are back at DCM! Open-ended train play presents us with a window into the learning and development that take place during play. Children are learning about sharing, working together, negotiating, and conflict resolution — valuable lessons that help us negotiate the world we live in, as well as problem solving, creativity, imagination, spatial reasoning, fine motor skills, dexterity, and communication skills.

You might think that play is play is play, but if you look at it through the lens of ...

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Have no Fear!

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Confession time: as a child, I was terrified of the martians on Sesame Street. So terrified, in fact, that as an adult I remember how I felt when they popped up on the screen. Does this mean that I developed into an anxious and fearful adult? Not in the least! Seemingly irrational fears are very common in children under the age of five and interestingly enough are very specific to the developmental stage of the child. The most ...

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Piece by Piece: Learning through Puzzle Play

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While cleaning out my closet recently, I was inspired to dust off an old jig saw puzzle. As I peeked away at it, it struck me that enjoyment of puzzles is one of those golden play activities that seems to span generations. From early childhood to late adulthood, there is just something about the way a jigsaw puzzle, crossword puzzle, or even Candy Crush challenges our thinking and exercises our minds, enticing and captivating us. In addition to being entertaining, ...

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April is Autism Awareness Month

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There is a saying – “If you’ve met one person with Autism, you’ve met one person with Autism.” By definition, Autism is a spectrum disorder that often interferes with a child’s ability to communicate and interact. The question remains, how do we support our children so that they can grow and develop? A good friend of mine, who has a son with autism, told me that one of the answers for her son was learning through play.

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1,2,3 Count with Me: Numbers at Home

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Almost everything we do is connected to mathematical thinking! Imagine setting a table or preparing a meal without some understanding of math concepts. The foundational understanding of math begins very early in life through everyday experiences. Children actively construct informal mathematical concepts and strategies through the opportunities they encounter with a variety of objects and their important grown-ups and play partners. Building a mathematical vocabulary is an excellent place to start. There are countless opportunities during the day for ...

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The Truth About Sharing

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Most of our young visitors are of the mindset, “What’s mine is mine and what’s yours is mine too!” Some of our grown-up visitors may get upset when they see their two-year-old not sharing something in our Museum. You can facilitate your child’s understanding by, first, understanding what they are capable of and, secondly, creating an environment that helps children become aware of other children and each other’s boundaries.

Why is sharing so hard?

For starters, young ...

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Tantrum Taming

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Do you have a terrible-two or a three-nager? How about a five-year-old who seems to be going on sixteen? You then undoubtedly are familiar with the entire spectrum of emotions experienced in the early years. While the epic meltdowns experienced in these years are difficult for us grown-ups, it is important to remember that the emotions that stimulate this response are extremely difficult for our little ones too.  

The first years of life are full of ...

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