From infants to toddlers to growing children, the Chicago Children’s Museum (CCM) offers hands-on exploration and life-enriching programs to more than 500,000 visitors each year.
Throughout its 30-year history, CCM has aimed to create interactive exhibits that promote learning through engagement and programs that support community needs. New to Subaru this year is the Playing with Numbers educational training program for teachers.
Playing with Numbers is a year-long professional development program for kindergarten and first-grade teachers of low-income students. It provides teachers with best practices for hands-on math instruction and activities that will provide early STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) concepts, enhancing the learning experience and increasing comprehension of core mathematics.
The program features group work and ongoing collaboration that includes regular school-based meetings and group brainstorming sessions. During the program, the teachers take their students on a field trip to CCM to utilize the tools the teachers have learned.
This year the program will reach 20 classrooms and 700 students. The museum hopes to expand the program to add additonal classrooms in the future. “The feedback has been great. Teachers feel recharged, the sessions help them think outside the box, and it gave them new ways to be creative and hands-on in the classroom. That is what we want to do for our teachers,” explained Elizabeth Lach, VP of corporate relations for CCM.
A grant from the Subaru of America Foundation helped fund this program and provides continued support to the museum. A prior grant from Subaru went to the Collaborative Learning in Museums and Beyond (CLIMB) program.
The mission of Chicago Children's Museum is to improve children's lives by creating a community where play and learning connect. Located on Chicago's historic Navy Pier since 1995, the museum features three floors of dynamic exhibits and daily programs.