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SEEC offers a selection of resources, including its Museum Magic curriculum resource that comes with professional development sessions and a consultation. We also have easy-to-handle teaching kits that contain art prints, children’s literature, and objects along with lesson plans appropriate for the classroom or museum.

Curriculum Resources

Cover of the Museum Connection.

The Museum Connection

The Museum Connection provides information and techniques to engage young children in meaningful experiences in a museum setting. Children learn through exploration and discovery, and are thrilled by the opportunity to actively participate in learning about their world. Museums and cultural institutions offer a unique environment to engage a young child’s mind.

This field guide outlines the key educational concepts strengthened through museum learning, as well as techniques to introduce young children to artists, object-based learning information and tips, and strategies for planning a museum visit (including a planning worksheet).

$12.95 + $5.00 shipping & handling

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Preschool class looking at a painting in the National Gallery of Art, looking at parrots.

Museum Magic

Early in SEEC’s history, Dee Carlstrom was hired to develop a curriculum, Museum Magic, based on a vision of monthly themes that crossed the entire Smithsonian Institution and utilized resources throughout the museum. The curriculum continues to serve as a resource even as the school has transitioned to a using an emergent curriculum model.

Museum Magic includes 15 themes based on several central concepts. For each central concept there are vocabulary words, community activities, museum activities, and classroom activities including art, sensory, movement, dramatic play, math, science and fine motor.

SEEC licenses Museum Magic for $500 a year, which includes a consultation about how SEEC currently uses Museum Magic within our emergent curriculum framework. Those organizations that license Museum Magic also receive 20% to our workshops throughout the year.

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Resource Kits

A World of Lines

A World of Lines starts with a children’s classic in literature, Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson. Children explore the many types of lines that make up the world through simple objects such as yarn, string, and pipe cleaners. Reproductions of art works by such artists as Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, and Wayne Thiebaud broaden the exploration. Lesson plans are included with language, science, music, and motor activities as well as extensive art enrichment activities.

$20 + $8.50 shipping & handling

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Artful Cooking

Artful Cooking uses the text from Maurice Sendak’s Chicken Soup with Rice as a starting point in a conversation about the diversity of food. This kit connects art reproductions from artists such as Pablo Picasso, Wayne Thiebaud, and Andy Warhol to simple objects like chopsticks and a soup spoon. Lesson plans are included with language, science, music, and motor activities, as well as art enrichment activities.

$20 + $8.50 shipping & handling

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Constructing Art

Architecture is all around us, and with this kit you can take a close look at the different shapes and patterns found in construction. Read Rebecca Rissman’s Shapes in Buildings and discover architecture’s functional and artistic purposes. Create your own structures using simple objects such as foam blocks and Wikki Stix made from wax. Further explore the aesthetic side of architecture through the works of artists such as Sol LeWitt, Claude Monet, and Edward Hopper. Lesson plans are included with language, science, music, and motor activities, as well as art enrichment activities.

$20 + $8.50 shipping & handling

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Rainforest Rumba

This ecology-based kit provides a unique look at a popular subject. Lynne Cherry’s The Great Kapok Tree provides an emotional connection to this unique environment. Children explore artists’ perspectives on the rainforest by investigating the work of such artists as Henri Rousseau, Martin Johnson Heade, Frederick Edwin Church, and Frank Stella. Simple objects such as artificial fern leaves offer multi-sensory experiences that make the rainforest environment come alive for children. Lesson plans are included with language, science, music, and motor activities as well as extensive art enrichment activities.

$20 + $8.50 shipping & handling

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