April 18, 2019, 5 PM – 7 PM| Full STEAM Ahead
Location: MacMillan Educator Center at Smithsonian’s American Art Museum| Price: $50
Integrate the arts into STEM learning and engage young children in meaningful cross-curricular experiences. Through model lessons and hands-on activities, we’ll explore how art can be used to enrich STEM lessons.
May 6 & 7, 2019, 9 AM – 4 PM | Play in the Community
Location: National Museum of American History’s Johnson Center| Price: $300
This fast-paced, interactive two day seminar takes place at the Smithsonian Institution and covers the use of play as a vehicle for engaging young children in the classroom, museum, and community. Bringing together children’s interests, play themes, and museum collections, seminar participants partake in hands-on, object based activities, gallery visits, and guided discussions with museum professionals and early childhood educators.
FALL 2019| Emergent Literacy Using Objects
Location: TBD | Price: $75
Very young children thrive in an environment that is rich in exposure to everyday objects, stories, and visual images. Age appropriate books, art prints and objects not only appeal to toddlers and two-year-olds but help them understand the world around them. Learn how to develop a curiosity that promotes early literacy by incorporating the arts, the community, and everyday objects into classroom activities.
Date: TBD| Fostering Wonder
Location: TBD | Price: $50
Children are born with a sense of wonder, but how, as educators, can we foster their natural curiosity, and use it to create engaging learning environments? Through hands on activities, discussion, and examples, participants will practice using language that fosters inquiry, and explore how to structure learning experiences that follows and fosters children’s curiosity.
Date: TBD | Learning Through Objects
Location: TBD| Price: $300
Museums are for everyone, even the very young! This hands-on, two day seminar will explore the many benefits of using community spaces for learning, and give participants a robust toolkit for engaging young children in objects, artwork, and more.