Current Course Offerings

November 29, 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM|  Emergent Literacy Using Objects
Location: MacMillan Educator Center at Smithsonian’s American Art Museum 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.

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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 Mall (Exact 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.

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May 13 & 14, 2019 |  Play in the Community
Location: National Mall (Exact location TBD)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.

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