The Children’s Museum of the East End (CMEE) provides the ideal environment for using play to learn science, language arts, social studies and the arts, as well as the importance of community. Designed to meet NY State Learning Standards and Common Core for grades Pre-K through 2nd Grade, CMEE’s school programs can be adapted to meet the specific needs of students and teachers.
Play is vital for school children
Play provides a safe space for children to express new ideas without worrying about criticism. Play builds an awareness of language, fosters independence and self-esteem. Play teaches children to negotiate and compromise, and enables them to construct narratives and a sense of identity. CMEE’s school field trips offer numerous opportunities for children to learn through play.
CMEE offers three different school programs that can be augmented for larger groups or for a longer visit to the Children’s Museum of the East End. Each program is thematically-based focused on one exhibition area of the Museum and includes dramatic play, games, and a creative activity such as gardening or art.