The following workshops are available at a location of your choice (travel rates apply) or may be held at the Smithsonian for your organization.

EMERGENT LITERACY Available as a 2 or 3 hour workshop

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. See an outline here.

NEVER TOO YOUNG Available as 2 or 3 hour workshop

Children begin developing a sense of self at a very young age. Through discussion and hands-on activities, participants will  explore the complexities of identity and bias, and why it is important for children to not only have a positive sense of self, but to also engage with people and perspectives that are different from their own. Educators will gain techniques to use cultural objects, as well as tips to engage families. See an outline here.

PLAY Available at any length from 2 hours to 2 days

Bringing together children’s interests, play theory, research, and museum collections, seminar participants partake in hands-on, object based activities to experience using play as a vehicle for learning and inquiry. See an outline here.

LEARNING THROUGH OBJECTS  Available as a 1 or 2 day workshop

Museums are for everyone, even the very young! This hands-on 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. See an outline here.

FOSTERING WONDER Available as a 2 or 3 hour workshop

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? Though hands on activities, discussion, and examples, participants will gain new ideas for STEM experiences in the classroom and the community, practice using language that fosters wonder and inquiry, and explore how to structure curriculum that follows and fosters children’s curiosity. See an outline here.

FULL STEAM AHEAD Available as a 2 or 3 hour workshop

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. See an outline here.


  • 2-hour workshop—$400
  • 3-hour workshop—$500
  • Additional sessions of the same 2 or 3 hour workshops—$200
  • 1-day workshop—$750
  • The same 1 day workshop, 2 days in a row—$1000
  • 2-day workshop—$1200

**All workshops have a maximum of 30 participants.

Contact Us: // Melody Passemante // // (202)633-0121