St. Patrick’s Day: 5 Fun Facts for your Friday

1973551.pngThere are a few things we know to be true about March 17. We know we have to wear green and it’s the only day of the year when it’s acceptable to pinch people who aren’t donning the color. It’s the one day out of the year when indulging in corned beef and cabbage and a green beverage isn’t frowned upon. And you also get a free pass for searching for leprechauns and pots of gold without being called crazy. But here are five things you may not have known about St. Patrick and his holiday! Continue reading →

Chess: Not Just for Grandpa

dsc00657Think of the first time your child may have been exposed to chess. For me, it was an Academy Award winning Pixar short film released in 1997 – Geri’s Game. In Geri’s Game a pair of sweet, older men both wearing suits are playing an intense game of chess in the park. To avoid spoiling the ending for you, I’ll stop there and point to one preconceived notion about the game of chess – it’s for Grandpa.

Contrary to that belief, chess is an ideal game for schoolchildren. Continue reading →

Meet the MEs: Dean Hodge

12376808_1269174836441694_4359543487234053995_n-1The Museum Educators at Creative Discovery Museum create fun, playful and positive experiences through interactions and engagement with guests. So if you’ve visited the Museum in the last year and a half, you have probably seen Dean Hodge leading science lessons, helping out in the Visual Arts Gallery or reading some of his favorite children’s books to visitors in the Discovery Library.  Continue reading →

Reading With Young Children As They Grow

children-gathered-reading-a-bookReading is a wonderful vehicle to take children on imaginative journeys, teach them new things, and help them get around in our world. Did you know that laying the foundation for reading can start as early as infancy?

One of my go to gifts for new parents is a board book because experiencing books with infants is the start of a lifelong love of reading. I say “experiencing” because it may not look like reading initially. Continue reading →

Discussing Tragic Events with Children

This post is dedicated to students, families and teachers of Woodmore Elementary School that have been impacted by the tragic events of November 21, 2016. 

1892953By Jayne Griffin
Director of Education

As tragic events occur throughout our city, nation, and world, children are often left feeling scared, confused, and fearful of the world around them. Children are usually very aware of these tragedies as they hear about it on TV, see it on the Internet, and hear it mentioned in conversations around them. Therefore, we must learn how to best communicate the facts of the tragedy and help children deal effectively with the event. Continue reading →

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