lifelong learning center school age children

Visiting a museum is a great opportunity for children to learn about art, history, science and much more. Subjects become alive for the school age child in a way that could never happen in a traditional classroom. These visits broaden their perspective of the world around them, and build the foundation for lifelong learning.

Learning is both a process and a product and sharing and discovering the wonders of University Circle with your children will provide memorable experiences that can last a lifetime. Exploring together creates a special bond and helps children develop their powers of perception, and practice sharing thoughts and feelings.

Children, regardless of their age, can learn from the objects in exhibits and with guidance can engage in critical thinking skills. Conversations during a visit about concepts such as comparing and contrasting, identifying and classifying, describing, depicting, and summarizing will reap benefits as a child builds content knowledge and learns to learn.

Tips For a Great Visit

  • Plan ahead by visiting museum's web site to check out special programs/events for children
  • Relate visit to a topic your child may be studying in school
  • Read a book with your child reflecting the content of what they'll see
  • Encourage your child to use their imagination during the visit
  • Focus on a theme for the visit, and engage your child in finding objects/exhibits related to the theme
  • Bring a notebook and pencil so a child could draw pictures about what they see
  • Pace the visit according to your child's attention span
  • After the visit discuss what was your child's favorite part of the experience
  • Reinforce the learning experience by encouraging your child to start their own collection at home
  • Follow up at your local library for books building content knowledge based on your child's interest identified during the visit
  • Plan your next visit

LEAD: Linking Education and Discovery

The field visits provided by LEAD are experiential and engaging; utilize the diverse artifacts and instructional resources of University circle institutions; encourage students to analyze, process and resolve problems using different tools and skill sets; and introduce real-world applications to academic lessons.

Aligned with State of Ohio Academic Content Standards, the program promotes student understanding and retention of key curricular content. Connecting Cleveland school children with the city's cultural resources positively impacts learning, cultivates life-long learning behaviors and supports future audiences for cultural programs. LEAD currently serves 21 schools within a 3-mile radius of University Circle and through philanthropic support provides transportation and underwrites admission fees.

Why take children on field trips?

  • learn specific content connected to the class unit, curriculum
  • learn in general
  • create opportunities to apply what is learned in class
  • introduce community resources
  • create memorable experiences
  • motivate and inspire
  • provide hands-on or experiential learning opportunities
  • introduce authentic/real-life experiences
  • promote self-directed learning
  • provide alternative points of view

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