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Prepare for Learning
Volume 119, Program 2
3/18/2013
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It’s field trip time! You’ve got your kids, you’ve the driving directions. But what else do you need to do to prepare for that museum visit? Today on Home School Heartbeat with host Mike Smith and his special guest, get the lowdown on getting ready to learn!

Mike Smith:
Today, our guest is Stevie Engelke, [associate director for education programs at the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access]. Stevie, thanks so much for joining us!

Stevie Engelke:
Oh, I’m happy to be here!

Mike:
Stevie, the Smithsonian family of museums are an incredible resource for learning. And you and your team provide resources to help educators and families make the most of those museums. So would you give our listeners some tips on how home educating parents can prepare their children for a great learning experience, before they ever get to the museum?

Stevie:
Yes, well the internet makes it very easy to prepare for a trip to the museum. So, I suggest you start with the museum’s website. Museum trips can be very fun but it helps to really focus on a purpose for the visit, to either look at a special object that connects with something your child has been reading about, to be able to have an opportunity to talk to someone doing research in an area that your child is excited to learn more about, or simply to explore an area that might have a connection to a future career choice. Our website at the Smithsonian, smithsonianeducation.org, has a section that’s for families specifically, and that’s a good place to start, with activities that you can do with your child before you ever get to the museum.   

Mike:
Well, thank you so much, Stevie! We’ll talk next time about actually visiting museums. And until then, I’m Mike Smith.


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