On July 17th, SEEC was featured on the We the People DC Instagram handle, a community photo project that aims to share the lives and perspectives of people living and working in the district.
Through our posts we advocated for the early childhood field, which can still be undervalued in our society through posts about our teachers, and their thoughtful and intentional lesson planning. We also highlighted that children, even infants, are never too young to benefit from learning in museums and other community spaces. At SEEC we witness the amazing capabilities of young children everyday, and were excited to share our student’s enthusiasm, bravery, perseverance, and motivation for learning throughout their school day.
During the takeover we were happy to engage with DC as well as, current and past SEEC families. Some of the comment highlights included:
“I was one of those kids a really, really long time ago! SEEC definitely shaped my life and how I look at and appreciate the world around me.”
“SEEC is such an incredible program for young children!”
“Used to work at SEEC – it was my favorite job ever.”
“My daughters went to SEEC and are now teenagers and I’m an alum SEEC board member. What a special place.”
Below are our posts from the day (to see all the photos be sure to hover over the photo and click the arrow button). And be sure to follow SEEC on Instagram to see more from our daily life.
After wading through the humidity I’ve made it to work! I’m a museum and early learning educator at @siseec1, the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center, a non-profit school for infants through kindergarten on the Smithsonian campus. We believe in the power of inquiry, objects and the community. What’s your favorite DC museum?
For the children at @siseec1, a typical day involves a visit to a museum or community space to learn more about their current unit of study through objects. Today our kindergarten camp is talking about women’s soccer. They were shocked to hear that at one point women weren’t allowed to play soccer. “That’s not fair!!” Through photographs, art, and Briana Scurry’s jersey and goalie gloves from the 1999 World Cup, the children gained a deeper understanding of soccer history and social justice.
Did you know that there are many early learning programs across the @Smithsonian? For example, at @NMAAHC, the educational programming is grounded around the Frederick Douglass quote that “it is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Here Shannon and Emily prep instruments for Harambee! with Baba Ras D – a program that encourages young children to express themselves through movement and songs. There’s another performance coming up on August 18th – get your free passes online in early August. There are lots of early learning opportunities across the @smithsonian including story times at. @airandspacemuseum, @hirshhorn, @smithsoniananacostia and @nationalpostalmuseum, shows at @smithsoniandiscoverytheater, and spaces at @smithsoniannmai, @smithsoniannpg, @smithsoniannmnh and @amhistorymuseum. Do you have a favorite place to visit with young ones?
Museums are for EVERYONE including our youngest citizens. Our infant and toddler classes usually visit the museums about 3 times a week, but today is their art day with our art educator, Carolyn. They’re exploring lines using wires (coated and safe 😉) and Kandinsky paintings after their recent visit to @ngadc where they looked at lines in artwork and made their bodies into different shapes. 〰️➖✔️
While the kids nap, the teachers plan! Every afternoon I join the teachers to help them plan their upcoming lessons. At @siseec1 we follow an emergent curriculum, using the interests of the children to inform our units of study and teaching developmental skills and content through those topics. This means the teachers rarely reuse lesson plans, and are always thinking creatively about how to bring concepts to life and make them concrete for their young children. Some of our favorite topics over the years have been: Simple Machines, Natural Phenomena, Can You Dig It?, Gymnastics, Film, “Camelot” and more. What topics did you really like when you were a kid?
Play is vital to a child’s development. The storm kept us from the playground but we played indoors. I also got stuck at our preschool so I joined in and became a robot. 🤖⚡️ We also think it’s important for adults to play too – what types of play do you like to engage in? I personally love to run outside, hike and do puzzles (has anyone ever gone to the puzzle swap in DC?).
What does your office look like? While we wish ours was a little more organized, it’s packed with all sorts of materials to create and objects to learn from. Can you guess the topic of this weekend’s public family workshops? 🦈 #sharkweek If you want to join us some weekend, check us out at SEECstories.com – we’ve got family workshops for children aged infants to 8 years!