Risk Taking and Failure as the Keys to Success

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Taking risks and failing are a natural part of childhood and perhaps, at times the most terrifying part of childhood from a parent and caregiver perspective. No one wants to see their child fail. However, I want us to take some time to think about risk taking, its relationship to creativity and learning, and its significance in a child’s overall growth and development.

Young children naturally take risks, in fact, it is how they learn – the learning process requires ...

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Clean-Up Time

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It’s AMP here at DCM; our Annual Maintenance Period for refreshing exhibits. 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 drag almost every exhibit from its comfortable space and embark on a deep cleaning of the ENTIRE Museum! Walls are painted, the smallest spaces are dusted and sanitized, and so much more.

In the spirit of AMP I thought I would take this ...

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Math Moments: Walk

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Did you know that a strong foundation in early math skills not only supports success in math later in life but also in reading and overall academic achievement? This might seem daunting, especially for those who may not feel overly confident in their own math skills, but supporting the development of early math skills is much easier than you think, in fact, you are most likely doing it all day every day already!

For the past few weeks we have been ...

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Safely Watching the August 21st Solar Eclipse

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On August 21, 2017 you will have a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to view a powerful solar eclipse. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon gets directly in between the Earth and the sun, blocking the sun’s rays. The darkness that results is a rare occurrence, especially in the Chicagoland area. While solar eclipses happen a few times every year, the path of totality, or total darkness, spreads over less than 1% of the Earth’s surface and only occurs for ...

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Math Moments: Snack Time

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Every day our rituals and routines are packed full of rich opportunities for teachable math moments. In an effort to help make the math that occurs naturally in daily life visible to caregivers, and empower them to capitalize on these moments, we have created a series of short videos to equip you with the tools and language to talk about these moments.

The video we are sharing today challenges you to look at snack time through a different lens and ...

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Math with Shoes!

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Math concepts and skills naturally begin to develop very early in life. In fact, from the very moment they are born. As a result of the interactions they have with trusted adults and their everyday experiences, infants are beginning to formulate ideas about math and are using math concepts to make sense of their worlds. Think about it – the infant who signals that they want more, the toddler that attempts to climb inside a box that ...

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AWEsome Water

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The day has finally arrived! Our new AWEsome Water exhibit is open! Many years of planning and hard work have gone into the dreaming up and creation of this exhibit area. We know that water is naturally alluring and believe that our new exhibit components will stimulate the curiosity of all ages and that natural drive to answer those “what will happen if…” questions that set the stage for a lifetime of engaged learning.

One of the new additions ...

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Splish & Splash to Critical Thinking: Water Play

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If you have been to the Museum in the past few weeks I am sure you have noticed that our water exhibit is under construction. If you come visit in the next few weeks you might be able to catch a sneak peek of the instillation of our new water exhibit, AWEsome Water. Many visitors may be sad to be without water but we promise it will be worth the wait.

Few children can resist the draw to play in water, ...

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Slime, Oobleck, Silly Putty, and All Things Sensory!

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It is not uncommon to hear people mention that they bring their little ones to DCM to engage in messy activities. We get it, messy activities require a lot of work, so we are happy to provide those opportunities here as this natural drive to do messy things actually carries developmental significance.

So why is it that all things messy tend to act like child magnets? Young children in particular are natural born scientists driven by the need to understand ...

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Physics on Board

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Gravity, friction, inertia, and momentum. These are the physics concepts that can be explored with young children using a 4-to-5-foot board, a stack of books or bricks, and things you probably have around the house. Sound daunting? It’s really not. As a significant adult in your child’s life, you are a teacher. But you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to experiment and play with physics (but bravo if you are!).

Gather up some balls. Golf balls, practice golf balls, ...

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