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QUALITY EXPERIENCES FOR FAMILIES

Take a look inside a children's museum and watch a family enter a 19th century ship. The youngest, a child of seven, tries his hand at hoisting a net full of fish; his older sister then challenges him to take part in a fishing derby. Afterwards, the father guides the children on how to raise and lower sails and semaphore flags. Sparked by the exhibit's maritime history component, the grandmother shares a memory about her late husband's service in the Korean War.

Countering the challenge of scarce family time, children's museums are a place away from domestic distractions, where parents and caregivers have the chance to get lost in the moment of interacting with their children.

According to the Institute for Learning Innovation, family learning is defined as the process of social interaction, collaboration and sharing among members of a multi-generational group across the lifespan of the family. Within the context of a children's museum, research indicates that learning is more likely to occur with adult interaction than without (Gaskins et al 2001). Through family support such as verbal coaching, modeling behavior, physical assistance and dialogue, children are able to make developmental leaps (Beckstrom et al 2005).

A 1997 ZERO TO THREE survey revealed that while parents understand that their children's earliest years powerfully shape later development and learning, they are often unsure about what they should be doing to promote healthy emotional, social and intellectual development. Children's museums translate research findings into clear, practical messages for parents. Museum staff, signage and exhibit environments inform adults and children about the characteristics of play and how to encourage play. In other words, children's museums serve as play mentors, teaching families how to learn together through play. Finally, family learning and children's museums are more than informal contexts to sharpen knowledge and skills. Children's museums provide families a rich social and leisure time experience. (Excerpt taken from "The Case for Children's Museums" published by The Association of Children's Museums (2005)

LOCAL AND REGIONAL SITES

Bruce & Lee Foundation Library:
Check out the Bruce and Lee Foundation Library's page for children's programming as well as reading lists for children of all ages.
www.florencelibrary.org/wordpress/?page_id=22

SC ETV:
Learn about South Carolina and Gullah culture through historical pictures and virtual tours of historic sites in South Carolina
www.knowitall.org

Eastern Carolina Community Foundation:
Local organization founded to strengthen philanthropy in the Pee Dee region.
www.easterncarolinacf.org

Florence Museum:
View local exhibits and collections housed at the Florence Museum of Art, Science and History.
www.florencemuseum.org

NUTRITION

Certified SC Grown:
Learn more about the state's products and the South Carolinians who grow, harvest, and process them.
www.certifiedscgrown.com

Produce for Better Health Foundation
National initiative to provide parents and children with tips for healthy eating, gardening and food planning.
www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org

Find fun and games, artwork, coloring sheets activity pages, and recipes. Includes printable calendar stickers
www.foodchamps.org

Nutrition Fun:

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website showing kids how to eat a healthy, balanced diet.
http://www.choosemyplate.gov/

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