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 →

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 →

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