At Cincinnati Museum Center, we know that open-ended, hands-on play is crucial to the development of your students' literacy, life skills and kindergarten readiness. Join us Saturday, September 21 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for Learning Through Play Educator Day and discover how to get the most from interactions with your students.

Choose from several hands-on sessions that are all Kentucky Approved Early Care and Education Trainings and Ohio Approved Professional Development Trainings. Earn up to 5.5 professional development hours.

Choose from a variety of sessions led by professionals from Cincinnati Museum Center, CET/ThinkTV, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and University of Cincinnati.

Session Schedule

Session Block 1: 8:30 to 10 a.m.
Game-based Math Learning: Importance of Modulative Practice

Presented by Heidi Kloos Ph.D. and Savannah Gordon, University of Cincinnati
Discover how modulative math practice can prepare students of varying abilities for the math content they will encounter in Kindergarten and elementary school.

Science Experiments

Presented by Tony Lawson and Karen Venetian, Cincinnati Museum Center
Discover the importance of shifting control of science experiments to students and experience simple methods to do so.

Session Block 2: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Adapting the Learning Environment to Support Children with Special Needs

Presented by Stephanie Weber, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Discover practical modifications that can be made to materials, equipment and the classroom environment to enhance learning and support social/emotional growth in children of all ages who have special needs.

Make Reading Irresistible: Hands-on Fun with Literacy

Presented by Tina Spaulding, CET/ThinkTV
Teach literacy using hands-on activities for those very young children to get them started and observe why “hands-on” works for all children, especially those who are disadvantaged, have special needs or who just can’t sit still.

Raising Questions

Presented by Tony Lawson and Karen Venetian, Cincinnati Museum Center
One of the most powerful ways for students to experience science is through questions grounded in their own curiosity. Stimulate curiosity and elicit questions that can lead your students to investigations.

Session Block 3: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Adapting the Learning Environment to Support Children with Special Needs

Presented by Stephanie Weber, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Discover practical modifications that can be made to materials, equipment and the classroom environment to enhance learning and support social/emotional growth in children of all ages who have special needs.

Make Reading Irresistible: Hands-on Fun with Literacy

Presented by Tina Spaulding, CET/ThinkTV
Teach literacy using hands-on activities for those very young children to get them started and observe why “hands-on” works for all children, especially those who are disadvantaged, have special needs or who just can’t sit still.

Raising Questions

Presented by Tony Lawson and Karen Venetian, Cincinnati Museum Center
One of the most powerful ways for students to experience science is through questions grounded in their own curiosity. Stimulate curiosity and elicit questions that can lead your students to investigations.

Registration

Registration includes three session blocks, parking, and entrance into Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati History Museum, and Museum of Natural History & Science.

Registration: $50 per person
Students: $25 per person (students must be prepared to show valid college ID at check-in)
Optional Box Lunch: $15 per lunch

Lunch options:
Shaved Turkey with Cheddar on Whole Wheat with Lettuce, Tomato, Honey Mustard
Grilled Vegetable on Sundried Tomato Focaccia with Goat Cheese, Fresh Herbs

All Boxes Include: Sandwich, Whole Fruit, Chocolate Chip Cookie, Baked Lays, Water

To register, call 513-287-7001

Last day to order box lunch is September 9. Registrations without lunch are accepted until September 18.

Cincinnati Museum Center thanks our presenting organizations: CET/ThinkTV; Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center; University of Cincinnati


Learning Through Play for Families

Grown-ups and their children can learn and play together! Experience the fun with your kids at Learning Through Play for Families.

Learning Through Play for Families will return in spring 2020.

Session Block 1: 8:30 to 10 a.m.
Session Block 1: 8:30 to 10 a.m.
Game-based Math Learning: Importance of Modulative Practice

Presented by Heidi Kloos Ph.D. and Savannah Gordon, University of Cincinnati
Discover how modulative math practice can prepare students of varying abilities for the math content they will encounter in Kindergarten and elementary school.

Science Experiments

Presented by Tony Lawson and Karen Venetian, Cincinnati Museum Center
Discover the importance of shifting control of science experiments to students and experience simple methods to do so.

Session Block 2: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Session Block 2: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Adapting the Learning Environment to Support Children with Special Needs

Presented by Stephanie Weber, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Discover practical modifications that can be made to materials, equipment and the classroom environment to enhance learning and support social/emotional growth in children of all ages who have special needs.

Make Reading Irresistible: Hands-on Fun with Literacy

Presented by Tina Spaulding, CET/ThinkTV
Teach literacy using hands-on activities for those very young children to get them started and observe why “hands-on” works for all children, especially those who are disadvantaged, have special needs or who just can’t sit still.

Raising Questions

Presented by Tony Lawson and Karen Venetian, Cincinnati Museum Center
One of the most powerful ways for students to experience science is through questions grounded in their own curiosity. Stimulate curiosity and elicit questions that can lead your students to investigations.

Session Block 3: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Session Block 3: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Adapting the Learning Environment to Support Children with Special Needs

Presented by Stephanie Weber, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Discover practical modifications that can be made to materials, equipment and the classroom environment to enhance learning and support social/emotional growth in children of all ages who have special needs.

Make Reading Irresistible: Hands-on Fun with Literacy

Presented by Tina Spaulding, CET/ThinkTV
Teach literacy using hands-on activities for those very young children to get them started and observe why “hands-on” works for all children, especially those who are disadvantaged, have special needs or who just can’t sit still.

Raising Questions

Presented by Tony Lawson and Karen Venetian, Cincinnati Museum Center
One of the most powerful ways for students to experience science is through questions grounded in their own curiosity. Stimulate curiosity and elicit questions that can lead your students to investigations.

For educators and families

At Cincinnati Museum Center, we know that open-ended, hands-on play is crucial to the development of your students' literacy, life skills and kindergarten readiness.

Learning Through Play for Educators

Saturday, March 23

Registration for Learning Through Play Educator Day is now closed. Day-of registration will not be available.

Thank you to everyone who supported and participated in Learning Through Play Educator Day 2019!


Learning Through Play for Families

Saturdays in April

Grown-ups and their children can learn and play together! Experience the fun with your kids at Learning Through Play for Families.

Explore the Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science and Cincinnati History Museum. Visit with community partners, who will lead drop-in activities to help you and your children develop important skills while playing. Look for different activities at each of the Learning Through Play Family Days.

Participating partners and dates:

April 6:

  • 10 a.m. to noon: Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County West End Branch: Button making, crafts, story time
  • 10 a.m. to noon: WE Gallery
  • 10 a.m. to noon: Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses - Findlay Street Center
  • 10 a.m. to noon: Beech Acres Parenting Center
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Taiwanese Association of Cincinnati
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra performances in Corbet Theater
  • noon to 2 p.m.: Mildred Patterson, Author of, “The Adventures of Harley the Hot Dog and His Friends the Bully”
  • 4C for Children

April 13

  • All day: Cincinnati Mini Maker Faire at Cincinnati Museum Center
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Beech Acres Parenting Center
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Ohio Virtual Academy

April 20

  • 10 a.m. to noon: Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Covedale Branch: Button making with Ms. Elisa and sing and rhyme time with Ms. Colleen!
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Beech Acres Parenting Center: Join them in Little Sprouts Farm for an imaginary hike with custom-made binoculars.
  • MAD by Merritt: Learn the process of glassblowing and what tools are needed to transform and create by using molten glass (no glassblowing will take place)

April 27

  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Ohio Virtual Academy: a hands-on literacy activity for preschoolers and elementary-age children.
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Beech Acres Parenting Center: Rock your intentions
  • 10 a.m to 3 p.m.: CrossRoads Child Development Center
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
  • 4C for Children
  • Heimlich Heroes: Parents and kids will learn together as you learn how to prevent, recognize and respond to a choking emergency with the Heimlich maneuver. Get hands-on practice with life-sized training dolls.