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the Museum -When
it comes to museums, often "less is more." Whether you're visiting
an art museum or a science center, focusing on a few key exhibits will
help you and your child avoid "museum fatigue," and give you
a good reason to come back another day. While you're there, enjoy observing
and discussing what you see. Think about who created the art and what
might have motivated the artist. Notice the subject matter --whether it's
people, animals, flowers or scenery, and share how the art work makes
each of you feel. Why would or wouldn't you want to meet the person in
the picture? What would it be like to walk along that beach? Or eat the
fruit on the table? How has the artist gone about expressing something
that goes beyond words? Why do people say that a picture can be worth
a thousand of them? Many museums have free- admission days and children's
programs, so find out when they are and try to get to the museum for brief
visits rather than exhausting marathons.
A Walk Around Your Neighborhood - Take a walk around your neighborhood and in a relaxed, conversational way exchange observations with your child about what you each notice. If you do this on a regular basis, each walk can have a different focus -- notice the features of houses, or the types of trees and plants. Point out the numbers on the doors and mailboxes; the colors of the buildings; the shapes of the windows. While there's clearly a learning component to this activity, please don't make it into a pressured "lesson." This is a great activity for kids of any age, and can include your reminiscences about the neighborhood you grew up in, and provide a chance for you to listen to your child talk about a variety of feelings and thoughts. It's often easiest to converse while walking.
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