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Children’s Museum Enlists Aid Of High School Students For Early Literacy

June 28, 2018

Students from Interlochen Center for the Arts Citizen Artistry program will be at the Great Lakes Children’s Museum June 26 through June 30, creating and installing artful representations of key words used by educators in assessing school readiness. The words will be designed to invite play, since play is the foundation of early childhood learning. Simultaneously, a local Manufacturing Technology Academy student intern, a program of TBAISD, is working on an interactive exhibit to entice children age 3 and under with the 16 vowel sounds in a playful setting. The endeavors are part of a plan to support foundational, early literacy in the Grand Traverse Region.
 
Michael Long, Great Lakes Children’s Museum executive director, says the focus of the project is to create familiarity with the sounds, so when ready to learn to read a child will only need to connect the sounds and letters together. Educators with TBAISD pointed the museum to the Boehme word list of some 50 words. Studies have shown that children who are familiar with the words in the Boehme list are better prepared to learn and succeed in a standard school environment. The project is funded through a United Way of Northwest Michigan grant.
 
Additional phases of the project will involve business partners in the region interested in helping “spread the word” literally through their businesses. The Museum is located at 13240 S West Bay Shore Drive in Traverse City.

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