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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Food Glorious Food!

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Raise your hand if the topics of food and meal times in your household stress you out. If you didn’t already know, you are not alone! Between the ages of two and five it is common for children to display a fear of new foods, causing them to be cautious about trying things that are unfamiliar. While this might make us think they are being difficult or picky, it’s actually often related to the fact that children are ...

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Smash, Pinch, Squish, and Poke Your Way to Learning: The Power of Playdough

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A love of playdough seems to be timeless and understandably so! For all of us sensory oriented people, it can be relaxing or even stress relieving. For creative types, it sparks our imaginations and stimulates our curiosity. Whether it’s homemade or store bought, there is just something about playdough that draws you in.

But did you know that playdough is so much more than a fun sensory experience? Playdough can be used to support all areas of development from fine motor ...

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Let’s Make Some Noise!

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If you have little ones in your life there is no doubt that you are very familiar with the fact that from the moment they are able to grasp an object, that they are driven to bang, shake, and throw it on the floor. They do this to learn, not to give us headaches. By acting on objects in these ways, they are gathering important information about their environments, what their bodies are capable of, and the properties of the ...

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A Closer Look at Art Is Instrumental

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This past week we were thrilled to unveil our newest exhibit Art Is Instrumental! In creating this exhibit we continually talked about how “it starts with art” meaning that art is the inspiration and focus of this exhibit and music is the vehicle through which to experience the art in a very unique and maybe even unexpected way. We wanted children and their adult caregivers to have opportunities to experience how artists interpret instruments and musicians, how art can be ...

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All Dressed Up With Places To Go!

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All of the costumed visitors that came to play at the Museum this week had me thinking about one of my favorite topics, dramatic or pretend play. I find dramatic play to be so fascinating in part due to the fact that it is universal; research has been done that documents this type of play occurring in communities all over the world and, even cooler, is that it naturally begins to take place virtually like clockwork around 18-24 months of ...

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Learning to Reason Through Play

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In the grand scheme of things there are two big categories when it comes to learning; academic learning and intellectual learning. Neither of these categories stands alone, they are interdependent and both are critical for a lifetime of learning. Critical thinking skills fall under the umbrella of intellectual learning and are a big focus for us here at DCM.

The research is undeniable, the best way to develop critical thinking skills ...

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The Adult Role in Block Play

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Have you heard? As a part of our new daily drop-in programming we are offering facilitated block building! Unit blocks are a powerful teaching tool that have the ability to support all areas of a child’s development. Early childhood educators have been capitalizing on teachable moments arising in their block areas around the world for many years.

In fact, progressive educator Caroline Pratt began shedding light on the importance of unit block play in the early 1900’s. In the coming weeks ...

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