I credit my parents with teaching me one of life’s greatest lessons: that it’s the quality of time spent together, the interaction and enthusiasm for whatever you’re doing, that makes for magical memories. My parents, by keeping things simple, made ordinary things special and extraordinary activities just that-more extraordinary. They didn’t lavish us with the latest in fashion, toys and stuff, although we had sufficient. Instead, they lavished us with family time.
Many of the moms I know, myself included, have listened to the Tiger Mom perspective with a raised eyebrow. In my role at the Children’s Museum, I’ve seen studies that suggest extreme emphasis on educational content mastery, especially at the preschool level and often to the exclusion of free play, can actually have a negative impact on future educational attainment.
I consider myself fortunate…I was born a Virginian! Since my home is in the capitol of this great commonwealth, opportunities to live fully and learn infinitely have been offered to and encouraged in me throughout my youth. One early example of this is my introduction to the Children’s Museum of Richmond. My parents led me to CMoR back when it was located in Richmond’s Navy Hill School building. When I was three years old, I navigated through its realistic model of a limestone cave that was just my size.
Saunter about the children’s museum and we Guest Services Associates (GSAs) are all around you in various shades of over-washed red, our polos a mosaic of stickers and sticker residue from absentminded bouts with said washing machines.
Recently, the Today Show did a follow-up report to an expose that aired last fall. The report centered on a product that is marketed to parents of young children and claims to teach toddlers and infants as young as 3 months old to read.
Many of us can recall growing up reading stories like The Pokey Little Puppy, Saggy Baggy Elephant, and Tawny Scrawny Lion, all bound with shiny golden spines. Well now through April 12th, the Children’s Museum of Richmond is featuring the art of these “Little Golden Books”. This is the only showing of the exhibit on the east cost. It allows children and adults alike to view over 60 pieces of original artwork valued at almost $1 million.
Today was a historic day at the Children's Museum of Richmond. We were proud to welcome 8 superintendents from area school districts to make a very special announcement. For the first time, the ten school districts in our region will hold Kindergarten registration on the same day this year, April 7th.
Field trip season has officially begun here at the Children’s Museum of Richmond! I’m looking forward to meeting many of the groups scheduled for the 2010-2011 school year. One of my favorite programs is Simple Machines Made Tasty! I like this program because students create chocolate pudding using simple machines found in the kitchen – it is a fun and creative way of learning a new concept!
We are so pleased here at CMoR to have been asked to take part in InLight Richmond 2010! For those of you that don’t know, InLight Richmond is an annual public exhibition of contemporary art inspired by light! The event is organized by 1708 Gallery and takes place in a different area of Richmond each year.
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