Monday, May 19, 2008

New FRC Focus Topic: Family Resource Center

The DuPage Children's Museum's Family Resource Center (FRC) is a comfortable room, located on the second floor, filled with resources and guidance related to child development and education topics. The FRC also offers Story & Music Time (specific times each week) and a Semi Private Nursing Station for visitors.

Over the next few months, the FRC will offer numerous books and resources related to the new Focus Topic:

Did you know? Children motivated in the arts develop attention skills and strategies for memory retrieval that also apply to other subject areas (Learning, Arts, and the Brain, 2008).

For ideas on how you can integrate the arts into your child's life, make sure to check out the several resources the FRC has to offer:
  • Books available to read during your visit to the museum related to the Focus Topic and to other child development and parenting topics.

  • Free Focus Sheets loaded with information regarding the current Focus Topic. Focus Sheets contain developmental information, ideas for play at home, and ideas for play at the museum.

  • Topic Notebooks contain recent research and articles related to the current Focus Topic and other child development and parenting topics.
For more information on DuPage Children's Museum's Family Resource Center or the current Focus Topic: Making Connections to Art, click here.

Stay Tuned!
We will discuss more about how the arts impact learning in future posts. Next time, we will return the focus to our youngest visitors and the Young Explorer areas of DuPage Children's Museum. We will discuss mouthing and its relevance to infant and toddler development. We will also discuss how DCM works to ensure that even the messiest kinds of exploration get cleaned up.

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