Current Course Offerings


February 2, 2019, 10 AM – 12 PM|  Educator Open House
Location: National Museum of American History Price: FREE

Educators of young children are invited to join the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center for an open house to explore how you can create more meaningful experiences by taking learning outside of the classroom and into your community. The open house will include:

  • Tours of our preschool center
  • Model lessons in the National Museum of American History galleries
  • Resources and information about early learning in the community and museums
  • Light refreshments
  • Take away bags including resources, and a discount code for future educator workshops

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January 17, 2019, 5 PM – 7 PM|  Fostering Wonder
Location: MacMillan Educator Center at Smithsonian’s American Art Museum 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.

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March 14 & 15, 2019 |  Learning Through Objects
Location: National Museum of American History’s Johnson Center| 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.

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April 18, 2019, 5 PM – 7 PM|  Full STEAM Ahead
Location: MacMillan Educator Center at Smithsonian’s American Art MuseumPrice: $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.

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May 6 & 7, 2019 |  Play in the Community
Location: National Museum of American History’s Johnson CenterPrice: $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.

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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.