Get Ready for School at the Zoo

Girl-with-sheepsby Emily Lemons

A visit to the zoo is a wonderful opportunity to learn about animals from all over the world, but did you know it could also help your child get ready for kindergarten in a fun and meaningful context?  We are fortunate to have the Chattanooga Zoo in our community and as a partner in our kindergarten readiness program, Countdown to Kindergarten. While the ideas in this post are written specifically with the Chattanooga Zoo in mind, many of the ideas and activities can apply to many other places you might visit Continue reading →

Summer Pasta Salads

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By Liza Blair
Arts Manager

Pasta salad is one of the perfect summer time foods. Quick to make and packed with lots of flavor, their versatility is one of the reasons why I love this dish. Cooked pasta tossed with sauté vegetables, some good cheese, a little salt and pepper, and a quick drizzle of olive oil is my idea of summer comfort food. Continue reading →

The Importance of Patriotism

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By Jayne Griffin
Director of Education

“You’re a grand old flag, you’re a high flyin’ flag, and forever in peace may you wave…”

These words are etched in the mind of every child who graduated from Fairyland School during the 1980s and ’90s. In those days, when teachers had time to teach the “soft skills” (like getting along with others, self-esteem, and the confidence to perform in front of a group), the emphasis on memorizing patriotic songs and “recitations” that  I experienced in school as a child of the ’50s was already waning. Continue reading →

Recipe: Sparkling Honeydew Fruit Salad

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Light green food like honeydew melon, green grapes and kiwi help improve vision and strengthen bones and teeth.

Summer is here, and so is fresh produce! Here’s a healthy and refreshing recipe to make with your children after a fun day of play. Enjoy! Continue reading →

What’s a Children’s Museum?

Excited ChildrenBy Jayne Griffin
Director of Education

What’s a children’s museum? I ask this question every time I present information to college classes and educators about how programs and exhibits at Creative Discovery Museum are designed. Answers to this question typically include that a children’s museum is fun and hands-on. I heartily agree with both of these descriptors – Children’s museums ARE fun, and the exhibits invite children and their caregivers to touch, play, and explore. But what makes a children’s museum different from other educational institutions like zoos, science centers, and even great classrooms? Continue reading →

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