Young Explorers is a museum-based educational program for preschool age children in association with the Smithsonian Institution’s Early Childhood Education Center. The goal of Young Explorers is to introduce young children to new ideas through a thematic approach to learning that emphasizes the ability to make meaningful connections.
Please contact Melanie Young for additional questions or to register for the Young Explorers Program.
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$1,450.00 per year for two days
$2,175 for three days.
Payment plans are available.
Fees are all inclusive, there are no extra fees throughout the year.
The fee includes a Family Membership to the museum.
The Academy Art Museum recognizes the importance of the first years of life for building a foundation for future learning through rich and varied sensory experiences. Learning that is sensory in nature promotes optimal growth and development while at the same time engaging children actively in the process of knowing. The Young Explorers program puts art and museum objects at the center of a child’s day, encouraging exploration and discovery
Young Explorers introduces young children to new ideas through a thematic approach to learning that emphasizes the ability to make meaningful connections. The focus is on the process of learning through inquiry and sensory exploration of objects. Through this process children learn to make ideas their own.
For example, the study of shapes is a skill that is part of almost any early childhood classroom. Taught in isolation, it means little. However, a unit on transportation offers a wonderful opportunity to study not only shapes but also visual sequence, patterns, color and language classification. Almost any idea can be explored more effectively through direct interaction with the real world.
Lessons within the thematic areas are grouped as classroom, community or museum activities. Children’s literature, objects and visual images are key elements of almost every experience. Activities throughout the day are planned to encourage discussion and increase vocabulary and concept building around ideas related to the curriculum units. Children learn to express their ideas and feelings as they talk about objects and works of art in the museum, the community and the classroom.