Our four’s camp was in full swing with their study of jazz this past month. Even though it is summer, our SEEC teachers are still thinking of innovative and creative ways to bring our museum objects to life. As a museum educator who spends a lot more time behind the computer than in front of the classroom these days, I was very jealous of all the fun the four’s were having.

JAZZ 1

The week begins with a study of jazz instruments at the National Museum of American History.

JAZZ 2

The whole class made it up to the National Portrait Gallery where they learned about Duke Ellington and made some jazz gumbo!

Next up: Billie Holiday. The class explored the voice as an instrument.

Next up: Billie Holiday. The class explored the voice as an instrument.

 

After all that learning, the kids played with some instruments of their own and created their own jazz ensemble.

The kids played with some instruments and created their own jazz ensemble.

These lessons take place over a period of time and typically take shape as teachers discover and nurture the interests of their students. If you have questions or comments, please let us know. We see our teaching practice as constantly evolving.

Educators: Want to learn more about working with museums and early childhood audiences, please visit our list of professional development offerings.

Parents: These snapshots  can give you some great ideas of how to use museums with your children. You can also enroll in one of our weekend classes  or  our 2-day/week program for toddlers and experience it firsthand!

 

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