Beth Fredericks is from the Boston Children’s Museum and is director of the Museums/Libraries Project of Race to the Top.
She talked at length about the connections between active learning and exploration and cognitive development. She shared a video from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard that outlines the need for parent education in tandem with early childhood education. As their child’s first teacher, and half of all library and museum visitors, parents need to be nurtured as educators.
Ms. Fredericks also shared many inexpensive manipulatives that could be incorporated into story times, existing programs and even in passive library experience. She highlighted outdoor experiences such as Story Walks and the emphasis on exploration rather than on facts and figures.
More information on the grant project will be available soon.