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The Importance of Patriotism


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 →

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 →

Out of Control: The Need for Executive Function Skills in Today’s Hectic World

Executive Function Skills

By Jayne Griffin
Director of Education

“What do you think my daddy will say?” These were the words my sad faced grandson asked his as his grandfather was driving him home. Our precious grandson, Hill, is blessed with the capacity to talk to anyone, anywhere and at anytime, and sometimes he uses this capacity at the wrong times, especially when he is in the kindergarten classroom where his mommy is his teacher. This particular day, Hill’s card had been moved which meant he was in the “danger zone” and, of course, he knew his teacher mommy would give full Continue reading →

Children and Technology: Finding a Healthy Balance

JayneBy Dr. Jayne Griffin
Director of Education

As his little hands reached into my purse, his face reflected a familiar sheepish grin and twinkle in his eyes! Once again my grandson was reaching for the normally forbidden fruit… my smart phone!

The relationship between technology and my grandchildren is a constant battle for me. As an old educator, I want to stay current wit Continue reading →

Children and Tragedy

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. 

Picture of a mother hugging her scared child.

Children are often in need of comfort from parents in times of great tragedy.

By 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.

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