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 →

Make PlayFULL Purchases this Holiday Season!

Pictures Of Christmas Gift Wrap Ideas SlideshowBy Erin Townley, Early Childhood Manager

The holidays are right around the corner and the big toy catalogs are filling the mailbox. Kids get excited by the idea of shiny new toys, but before heading to the store, let’s take a closer look at the best kinds of play for children.

All early childhood experts agree that play lays an important foundation for all kinds of learning. But many of the activities we commonly refer to as play may not be as playFULL as we think. Continue reading →

The Power of Music

By Liza Blair, Arts Manager

party-train-meetingOne of my favorite experiences being a parent is watching my kids take what they learn and turn it into their own.

Here’s an example, when my daughter was three she sang the 90’s country hit Achy Breaky Heart every day for one full year.  Now, let me state for the record that neither myself nor my husband listened to Billy Ray Cyrus so where she heard it still remains a mystery.  But none the less, the song became a mainstay in her developing song library. Continue reading →

Meet the MEs: Roman Penney

jack-frost-jugglingThe Museum Educators at the Creative Discovery Museum create fun, playful and positive experiences through interactions and engagement with guests. So if you’ve ever visited our Museum, you have probably seen Roman Penney leading a dance party with his ukulele, helping out visitors in the exhibits or dressed up as Jack Frost during Snow Day. But I think it’s time we all get to know him a little bit better!  Continue reading →

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