Tuesday, February 15, 2011

SMA Book Club - Mary Alexander

I’m intrigued by the idea of getting kids to “use their senses” when visiting a museum (Chapter 7 of Connecting Kids to History with Museum Exhibitions). But, I’m not at all clear how to do that in a traditional historic house museum where visitors usually are guided by a docent. Somehow the authors suggest that this “sensing” should be more than simply having a basket of touchables that can be handed around to kids.

On a more general level, I don’t get the value of kids lying down in a giant hotdog bun pretending to the hotdog? What am I missing? How do we take that idea and apply it to a more traditional history museum experience? And, should we?

See you at the beach very soon; keep reading!

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