Where Learning Comes Into Play
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis announces the opening of the new Children’s Museum Preschool, a dynamic program for children ages 3 through 5 utilizing the resources of the world’s largest children’s museum. The new Children’s Museum Preschool will invite children to explore, discover and create using the museum’s galleries while also having fun and making friends.
“The new Children’s Museum Preschool is another extension of our mission to offer unique family learning opportunities, ” said Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen, museum president and CEO. “Attending preschool within the museum allows children to be immersed in our world-class exhibits dedicated to the arts, sciences and humanities. The program will offer each child an unparalleled experience and prepare them for lifelong learning success.”
The Children’s Museum preschool program will utilize the principles and practices of Maria Montessori and Reggio Emilia with a curriculum backed by Indiana’s early learning guidelines. Certified, experienced teachers will guide each child’s preferences by asking questions and encouraging discussions to explore topics and skills that interest them. Class time will take place both in dedicated classrooms and within the museum’s galleries to offer children a wide range of hands-on learning experiences.
“Children are naturally curious and by encouraging each child’s own interests, they will begin to use critical thinking skills which will increase their confidence, self-reliance and socialization. Development of math, language and problem-solving skills will happen naturally and logically through play and interaction with others, ” said Patchen.
The Children’s Museum encourages family learning throughout its galleries and the new preschool program will extend family learning to the classroom. “Parents are considered partners in their child’s education, and family involvement will be encouraged through participation in monthly activities at the museum, ” said Jennifer Pace Robinson, vice president of experience development and family learning. “The program’s curriculum will provide children the opportunity to explore their interests and share these experiences with their families.”
The preschool program is designed to either enhance a child’s existing preschool program or to be their only preschool experience. Classes are offered in the mornings one, two or three days per week, allowing parents to choose the option that works best for their child’s needs. The inaugural semester will begin Aug. 31 and run through Dec. 10, 2010. Children 3 years old by Aug. 31 are eligible to enroll.
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is a nonprofit institution committed to creating extraordinary family learning experiences that have the power to transform the lives of children and families. The 472, 900 square-foot facility houses 11 major galleries. Visitors can explore the physical and natural sciences, history, world cultures, the arts, see how dinosaurs lived 65 million years ago in Dinosphere: Now You’re in Their World®, experience Dale Chihuly’s Fireworks of Glass and examine children’s impact in shaping history in The Power of Children: Making a Difference. The Children’s Museum, situated on 19 acres of land in Indianapolis, presents hundreds of programs and activities each year. For more information about The Children’s Museum in English and Spanish, visit www.childrensmuseum.org.