Kohl Children’s Museum’s professional development program is designed for teachers, caregivers, parents, and other adults who interact with children ages birth through 8. These are offered both on-site and at the Museum.
Each workshop topic is aligned with the Illinois State Learning Standards and NAEYC Early Learning Standards. All involve hands-on exploration and small and whole group discussion.
Continuing education credit is available.
- Animal Adaptations & Habitats: Bring the outdoors into your classroom. Hands-on exploration of worms, newts, and animal-related activities for young children.
- Art & Nature with Young Children: Art and nature go hand in hand. This workshop will provide a variety of hands-on art activities that incorporate science, literacy and art for young children inspired by nature.
- Connecting Literature to Real‑Life Experiences: Discover how to use a combination of children’s literature and hands-on activities to teach real world concepts to young children.
- Creating Art with Recyclables: Explore methods to create inexpensive works of art using recyclable materials
- Encouraging Young Artists through Process Art: Discover how Process Art engages children in exploring concepts such as color, shape, line, value, size and composition.
- Everyone’s a Music Maker: Understand how music and movement correlate with enhanced vocabulary and spatial skills later in life.
- Exploring the Properties of Water: Learn about the properties of water though simple hands on experiments that can be replicated in the classroom for young children.
- Growing Up Wild: Provides an early foundation for children developing positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills. This is the national program created by the Council for Environmental Education (CEE).
- Introduction to the Project ApproachThis is an introduction and overview of the Project Approach. Learn about the structure of the Project Approach, choosing the best topic, involving parents in site visits and use of experts during project work.
- The Importance of Play in Children’s Learning: Learn how to create an environment that encourages discovery and exploration for young children.
- Science For Everyone: Discover ways to create a strong framework for science learning through discovery based, hands-on activities.
Contact the Kohl Children’s Museum Education Department at (847) 832‑6873 for fees and further information regarding Professional Development Training Topics or to customize one of your own.