Tag Archives: development

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 →

It’s Good for You, too!

JayneBy: Jayne Griffin, Ed. D.
Director of Education

“Ouside, G’Mom! Wanna go ouside!”

This is the mantra I heard in stereo from my 22-month-old twin granddaughters one frosty Saturday morning. It was way too cold for G’Mom to go outside and leave the comforts of a warm house and hot coffee, but as a doting grandmother, I obliged Continue reading →

Smash, Bang, Pow!

LizaBy: Liza Blair
Arts Manager

Something happened in my son around age three that dramatically changed the way he interacts with the world. He developed an overwhelming enthusiasm for destroying block towers and disassembling anything built.

No longer was he content with building and admiring his handy work. No, not any more. The real fun was smashing his masterpiece into tiny pieces. With one swift swing, a 30-piece, tall Lego tower would be nothing more than a few dozen blocks on the floor. Continue reading →

Epic Fail.

“Epic Fail”, the t-shirt read. Why would anyone advertise failure on their chest? I remembered my first epic fail.

1000216I was 8 or 9 years old. My mother had a beautiful garden full of vegetables we enjoyed throughout the summer and I wanted my own flower garden. My parents gave me permission, emphasizing the amount of work involved in tending a garden and assuring me that the responsibility was all mine. I was so excited. It was going to be Continue reading →

So, you think she’s a bad parent?

“In a place like this, they usually think I am a bad parent.”

I heard these words thirteen years ago but they still haunt me. They were spoken by the parent of a child with autism at the orientation for the first Friend’s Discovery Camp, Creative Discovery Museum’s inclusive camp for children with autism. The parent was referring to the judgment people made about his child’s public behavior and said this was the reason his child had missed out on many childhood rites of passage. Some parents of children with autism choose to stay away from museums, amusement parks, grocery stores and even birthday parties because others judge them and their children. Continue reading →

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