Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

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A Day in the Life of a Preschooler
At The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

by Maggie Johnson

August 01, 2011

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is gearing up to start its second year hosting preschool! Look through the eyes of a student and feel the excitement of going to school in the world’s largest and best Children’s Museum.

8:45 a.m. Walked into my classroom. The books on the table today had pictures of dinosaurs and lots of trees and plants. I was excited to look at it with my friends. During circle time, I found out that we are going to Dinosphere today! Everyone shared what they knew about dinosaurs. I said that I think a zoo in Alaska might have one. My teacher said no zoos have dinosaurs because they are extinct, but we get to see real dinosaur bones today!

9:20 a.m. My group went to the exhibit first. I noticed the smells, and then I heard the roars! We all talked about what we could discover using our senses. There were dinosaurs everywhere!

9:40 a.m. When we got back to the classroom, we danced to the Dinosaur Stomp. Ms. Kelly then read us “Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones.”

10:00 a.m. When the other group got back, we shared what we learned. Someone asked about the trees; we learned that they are real trees, but the material has been preserved so they will last a really long time.

10:30 a.m. Snack time!!

11:00 a.m. Center time. Today there were centers where I worked on our class book about dinosaurs, did math patterning of dinosaurs, pretended to be a dad in a dinosaur family, and talked about how dinosaur bones are dug up and cleaned. It’s called a really long word: archaeology.

Noon Mom picked me up. Today went too fast, but I can’t wait to come back to school tomorrow.

The preschool at The Children’s Museum is an exciting opportunity for kids to enjoy learning in a unique environment. Two-day-a-week classes are offered as well as 4-day-a-week classes. For more information on registration, visit www.childrensmuseum.org/preschool.