Early education is a passion for Sarah Steiger. As the Learning Resource Center Director in Glenview‘s Public School District 34, she shapes imaginative projects for children in pre-k through second grade. Sarah brings a multidimensional experience to learning and every other aspect of her busy life juggling the roles of mom and educator.
Finding the right place to bring her girls, seven-year-old Azalea and two-year-old Willow, is a challenge. But when she walks into Chicago Children’s Museum, Azalea can build away in the Skyline exhibit and pretend play in the Kids Town’s market, while Willow heads straight to the wet fun of WaterWays.
Why do you like bringing your kids to Chicago Children’s Museum?
It’s hands-on, and my kids love it, especially the ability to make and create things. The learning experience provided by Chicago Children’s Museum is unique and developmentally appropriate for them.
What do you enjoy the most about the visit?
I like the storytelling exhibit. It’s unique, special, and a fantastic opportunity to relive the experience. I really appreciate the integration of parents into the activity.
Story Hub is Chicago Children’s Museum’s newest movie-making exhibit that opened last fall. The multimedia stations set the stage for capturing a two-way conversation between an adult caregiver and a child about their latest museum visit. Complete with photos, video footage and music, the mini-movie is delivered via email the following morning ready to relive the experience.
I like that the museum repurposes materials in so many surprising ways. It teaches children that with a little imagination items can be reused to become something completely different and extraordinary. I try to inspire this type of creativity with my kids at home and my students at school.
If you are not in a museum, how does your family spend time together?
We spend a lot of time outside, regardless of the season, ice skating in winter or hiking in the summer and playing games together.