Family Museum promotes importance of literacy, interdisciplinary and exploratory learning through Eric Carle exhibit

If there’s one thing you all have figured by my posts over the last several years, I find extreme importance in children’s literacy. As a teacher who has watched literacy develop in Pre-K through 8th grade, you often wonder where does it all began in the lives of your students. Maybe their parent read to their child during their pregnancy, or right after they began their journey in this world — but the real question is, what book did it start with?

I couldn’t even begin to name the books my parents probably read me by the time I was born, or even a month old — the list was that large. But what is common about these lists? They often contain similar books, and several written by Eric Carle.

Author of the childhood classic, A Very Hungry Caterpillar (and more!), Eric Carle’s stories and illustrations have become a favorite part of family libraries. Bettendorf’s Family Museum has placed emphasis on this sentiment through their latest summer exhibition, “A Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit.” 

In this latest exhibit, not only does Carle’s literature become a continuous part of early childhood enrichment, but the emphasis on interdisciplinary connections and the importance of social-emotional learning opens children to new perspectives on nature, friendship, wonder, and exploration.

On display until September 9th, 2018, the exhibit previews the author’s hand-painted tissue paper technique and sends families on a journey with characters to understand the deeper meaning Carle intended to provide through his work. According to the museum, children will be able to, “….become the Very Hungry Caterpillar as they follow his path, weave a web with the Very Busy Spider, find their light with the Very Lonely Firefly, make the Very Clumsy Click Beetle flip and jump, compose a night symphony with the Very Quiet Cricket, create artwork using many of Eric Carle’s materials and techniques, and enjoy a gallery of prints from Eric Carle’s “Very” book series.”

The Family Museum is open Monday 9 AM to 8 PM, Tuesday through Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM, and Sundays from 12 PM to 5 PM. Admission is $9/person for children and adults. An admission discount is provided for seniors and military families at $5/person. Thinking about visiting the museum several times during the year? Take a look at their memberships packages, located on their website. For more information on exhibits, admission, and programs for children, visit the Family Museum website or call 563-344-4106.

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Katy Williams Henderson A life-long Quad Cities resident, Katy is a Preschool through 4th Grade ESL Teacher at a local elementary school. She attended St. Ambrose University, graduating in May 2018 with a B.A. in Elementary Education with ESL and Reading concentrations and an English minor. She is working on a Master's in Early Childhood Education. She loves running, traveling, cooking, working with kids, spending time with her husband and her family and friends, education, and putting a pen to paper. Her writing credits include the Dispatch-Argus Newspaper, Radish Magazine, Midwest Writing Center and being a writing tutor at SAU and now for The Princeton Review's Tutor.com.

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