Category Archives: Museum Education

How museums can engage young learners

Collecting is Child’s Play

Went for a rainy, fall wander with my three year old and quickly realized…anyone who says that museums aren’t for kids has never been on a walk with a young child. “Oh Mama, look at that one! Oh Mama! I … Continue reading

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Museums and Kids…what is the point?

What is the point of using museums in your lessons or visiting them with young children? Museums can add an element you can’t get anywhere else. Whether that is because of a unique object, physical location or something else. You … Continue reading

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The Right Way to Use a Museum

It is easy to pigeonhole “how” you are “supposed” to use a museum. After all, a lot of care and thought goes into most exhibits and it seems right that you are supposed to take the entire museum, work your … Continue reading

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Routines

How many times have you read Goodnight Moon? In a day? In a week? In a row? If there is a young child in your life I bet there is A book that has been read until you can let … Continue reading

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Little Golden Books: How to use them?

I recently wrote about the treasure trove of Little Golden Books that we were given by my Godfather. As part of my “museum origin story” the focus was on how their history and connection to the past was so exciting. … Continue reading

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#MuseumEdChat

Slowly but surely I’ve been taking on Twitter. I’m following folks, I’m making lists…and now I’m even helping launch a weekly chat. #MuseumEdChat (Thursdays, 8:00pm EST) is for anyone in the museum world, and especially those that think about education … Continue reading

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Museum Education: An Origin Story

“How did you get into museum education?” It is probably the 1st question I get asked when I start explaining my work. I’m sure I’m not alone and many of my Museum Ed colleagues talk about inspiring teachers, memorable internships … Continue reading

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Encouraging Play in Museums

“Teaching kids to play” is something that goes on constantly at home and in the early childhood classroom, but it also has implications for a museum or other informal learning space.  These kids are just learning the fundamentals of play, … Continue reading

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“Engaging Young Children in Museums”- New Book!

I’ve talked a lot about the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC) on this blog. It was my first “classroom teaching” gig and gave me a chance every day to try out ways that the museum could benefit young children. Sharon … Continue reading

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Articles in “Teaching Young Children”

Publishing on the web has been exciting…but I will admit there is something very satisfying about seeing your words “in print!” I have had two articles come out in “Teaching Young Children” (a NAEYC publication) and luckily they are offering … Continue reading

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