“Kids thrive on routines just as adults thrive on routines,” said Dawn Kirchner, vice president of education at the Boonshoft. “Even if we don’t think about it, we all do.”
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Online programming began Monday with a lesson called "All About Matter." Kids are encouraged to participate throughout the videos and can even download materials to participate in the program. People can find all the current Boonshoft videos and download activities on the website at http://www.boonshoftmuseum.org/experience-more/digital-programming/.
“Our teaser video had over 8,000 hits,” Kirchner said. “So definitely we knew there was a need, which excited us more to really be able to put all this together.”
Boonshoft Museum of Discovery scientists are posting daily programming online for kids to participate in while stuck at home because of coronavirus. SARAH FRANKS/STAFF
In addition to learning something new, those tuning in can get a glimpse of parts of the museum not always seen including behind the scenes areas of the collections department, unique items and stories about them, or interactions with the Discovery Zoo residents with the Live Animals team.
“Even though they’re going to be at home for a while … keeping their brains engaged to what they were learning and by utilizing some of these different resources, it gives parents the option to do a lot of different topics that they might not necessarily know how to find,” Kirchner said.
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Other excellent and entertaining online educational resources Kirchner said parents should check out include the Indianapolis Children's Museum website, Cleveland's Great Lakes Science Center website and the Cincinnati Zoo website which has started doing "Home Safaris".