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

Join us for Learning Through Play Educator Day and discover how to get the most from interactions with your students.

Choose from many hands-on sessions and visit vendors in our free information fair. Sessions are Kentucky Approved Early Care and Education Trainings and Ohio Approved Professional Development Trainings. Earn up to 5.5 professional development hours. Sessions are led by professionals from Cincinnati Museum Center, 4C for Children, CET/ThinkTV, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and others.

Educators can sign up for their chosen sessions during check-in. Registration provides entrance to all three session blocks.

Schedule

7:30 a.m.                               Check-in and Information Fair Open

8:30 a.m.                               Session Block 1

10 a.m.                                   Break and Information Fair

10:30 a.m.                             Session Block 2

12:30 p.m.                             Lunch Break and Information Fair

1:30 p.m.                               Session Block 3

3:30 p.m.                               Conference Ends

 

Session Block 1 (all sessions 90 minutes)

Adapting Play for Children with Disabilities
Presented by Jessica Hamilton, Aaron W. Perlman Center-Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Discover a variety of practical strategies to create a developmentally appropriate environment that can help reach the needs of children with special needs across all domains.

ASL in the Classroom
Presented by Cynthia Long, Sign Baby Sign, LLC
Manage student behavior, assist with literacy development and promote positive peer interactions between your students by using sign language in your classroom.

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 Process Skills
Presented by Tony Lawson and Karen Venetian, Cincinnati Museum Center
Experience, identify and understand six science skills children should develop to become successful science learners.

Session Block 2 (all sessions 120 minutes)

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.   

Sensory is More than Ooey Gooey
Presented by Christine Fields and Surbhi Narula, 4C for Children
Children learn about the world around them through their 7 senses! Become enlightened to the "why" of utilizing sensory materials with young children by creating toys and sensory items using recycled, reusable, and inexpensive materials.

STEM Everywhere, Every Day
Presented by Tina Spaulding, CET/ThinkTV
Everyday routines can provide wonderful opportunities to incorporate learning into a child’s day in meaningful and relevant ways. Explore resources and strategies that engage children in age-appropriate, stem-related activities that connect to everyday routines.

Session Block 3 (all sessions 120 minutes unless noted)

Acting Early to Support Child Development: Conversations to Promote Success
Presented by Stephanie Weber, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Recognize developmental milestones, detect “red flags” and understand how to talk to families about these concerns. Identify barriers when discussing concerns with families and discuss strategies for overcoming these barriers. Note-this session is 90 minutes.

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.

 Sensory is More than Ooey Gooey
Presented by Christine Fields and Surbhi Narula, 4C for Children
Children learn about the world around them through their 7 senses! Become enlightened to the "why" of utilizing sensory materials with young children by creating toys and sensory items using recycled, reusable, and inexpensive materials.

 STEM Everywhere, Every Day
Presented by Janet Buening , CET/ThinkTV
Everyday routines can provide wonderful opportunities to incorporate learning into a child’s day in meaningful and relevant ways. Explore resources and strategies that engage children in age-appropriate, stem-related activities that connect to everyday routines.


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.