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The Children's Museum of Richmond adapts to continue helping students

Posted at 12:28 PM, Sep 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-09 12:28:13-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Children's Museum of Richmond is lending a hand to keep kids engaged while students across Virginia adapt to virtual learning.

"Were showing parents that when kids are playing, what's the learning that's happening that's hidden by the play?" Krista Dawson, with the Children's Museum of Richmond, said.

The museum reopens later this month, but like schools, they've had to adapt. For instance, offering virtual field trips for schools, homeschoolers, and pods of educators.

"Our field trip programs, we've been modifying to do on a Zoom format. So you'll have a live educator. They're not videotaped, they're live, so they're very interactive," Dawson said.

Dawson said a virtual field trip about animals included the kids playing and mimicking how the animals moved.
That play, lead to learning and sharing.

"Everybody ran to go get their stuffed animals to talk about the animals they have and about adaptations," she said. "What habitats they might live in. So we're looking at building that interactive because we know kids want to talk with each other."

More than any year, C-MOR is trying to collaborate with a number of school districts to help kids learn during the pandemic.

"As we find there's a need in the school, we've reached out to the superintendents," Dawson said. "We've reached out to the elementary education directors, saying, 'what is it you're going to need?'"

Virtually, and soon with in-person visits, C-MOR is giving school districts and parents options.

Options for play... And for building better minds.