You can support reading and language development while you tour ArtPrize without creating anxiety for struggling readers. Here’s the next phase of our ArtPrize for Kids: Language Connections Guide for 2012. Thanks again to our friends at grkids.com for the work done on creating the Tour!
Here are picks from Stop #12 of the 2012 Kids’ ArtPrize Tour . For each, we’ve added some language prompts for building those neural pathways for all ages. I’ve also put some notes for some questions in brackets [ ] after. Feel free to comment with your responses, a child’s response or additional questions – and ENJOY!
#12: Grand Rapids Children’s Museum** ArtPrize Guide SPONSORS!!
22 Sheldon Avenue NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Some overall questions for this stop:
- Have you ever visited the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum before?
- How are the exhibits at this stop alike?
- How are the exhibits at this stop different?
- How is this stop alike or different from the stops we’ve already visited?
Changing the World One Hot Air Balloon at a Time – 100 children who worked hard to save all of their recycling material from their school. They then put their thinking caps on and designed a piece of work that would change the world. The Winter Sun Team
- What items can you name in these materials?
- How many syllables does balloon have? [2; buh-loon]
- Can you find any other 2 syllable words in this piece?
- What colors do you see?
- What other words can we use to describe this piece?
- Does this remind you of any other pieces we’ve seen?
- Does this remind you of any stories you know?
You Read For Me a tribute to teachers – Large banner-sized oil paintings make up a series of adults teaching children.
- Who reads to you the most?
- What are your favorite stories to listen to?
- Which picture do you like best and why?
- Who has been your favorite teacher?
- Do this remind you of any stories you know?
Follow-up activities could include looking up information on hot air balloons; researching recycling and which materials are recyclable and which are not; reading a favorite book or story together (take a picture of you together!); writing (or drawing) a thank you to a favorite teacher or adult who has shared stories with you; describing one of these pieces to someone who wasn’t there with you.
Also – if you’re at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum on Sunday, Sep 30, enjoy the Kids’ ArtFest!!
Next: Select Bank, Stop #13 on the 2012 Kids’ ArtPrize Tour