by 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 →
Parents are once again faced with talking to their children about a tragic and frightening event after the massive devastation that resulted from the Moore, Oklahoma tornadoes on May 20, 2013. With many area families remembering the April 27, 2011 tornadoes that devastated our area, events like this can be very stressful and upsetting for everyone, especially young children. So, how do you talk to your children about natural disasters?
Children love vehicles. We have all witnessed a fascination in young children for wheels and modes of transportation. Even before they understand the concept of riding in a vehicle, children get great joy from wheels on vehicles.
Creative Discovery Museum‘s upcoming Preschool Adventure Day will focus on the many “Ways to Go” by exploring the various ways people travel. Preschool Adventure Days focus on a variety of activities that will help expand a child’s vocabulary. Reading is also emphasized during Preschool Adventure Day, and helps children learn new words and concepts.
For many years, educators have been Continue reading →
By: Liza Blair
People are intrinsically drawn to music and rhythmic sounds. Even children as young as 9 months recognize and respond to music from others and explore ways of creating music independently. As babies develop, they share the ability to start sing-song patterns and communicate musical sound before learning words. Music is also a great way for adults to interact with children.
As part of Creative Discovery Museum’s performing arts program, we have created multiple music activities to inspire and excite children. These experiences allow for the opportunity to understand sound while having fun learning about how sound is made. Additionally, research shows us that music helps develop children’s motor skills, enhances cognitive experiences, expands language development and increases Continue reading →
Parents constantly warn children about the danger of strangers. In today’s society, that is an important lesson. But what happens if the child is in an emergency situation? Imagine your house is on fire and someone in a strange uniform tries coaxing you from your home and your usual place of safety. You can understand why children sometimes hide from fire fighters under a bed or in a closet.
These fears can be prevented when children meet community helpers in a safe and fun environment before being asked to trust them in an emergency. When we think like a young child, we realize how alarming an unusual uniform or vehicle might be perceived. Rescue vehicles are loud and fast. To see one up close and touch it while stationary helps children be less apprehensive when one speeds by with sirens wailing.
By participating in dramatic play with costumes and acting out behaviors of community helpers, children develop important social/emotional skills and are more comfortable with uniforms. It helps them understand the world around them and their place in it. It’s important for children to learn their role in a community and that there are safe, friendly people to help them if they get sick or have an emergency. It’s comforting for children to learn there are strangers outside of their family who have a concern for their safety and well-being and to understand who they can trust.
Please join us with your young children ages 18 months to 4 years on Saturday, September 22. It will be a wonderful chance to meet and play with real community helpers from Chattanooga and get a close look at their special vehicles like police cars and fire trucks. Children can meet a real doctor and other local helpers as we meet and greet “Super Friends” of Chattanooga during our Preschool Adventure Saturday.
Preschool Adventure Saturday is included with paid admission to the Museum. For more information, visit http://www.cdmfun.org/calendar.