Six SBU Education majors enrolled in the Early Childhood
Education class interned at the Quick Center, creating and implementing
tours for area Pre-K and Kindergarten classes.
Over two hundred thirty children from Allegany-Limestone, Portville, Hinsdale, and Southern Tier
Catholic were able to come to the Quick Center thanks to a bus grant from
Colette Dow. Following observations in the Pre-K classrooms, SBU
interns went out to the schools to give a pre-lesson, where children
listened to a story about museum manners and created a masterpiece of
their own. Interns then created a tour, integrating literature, a museum
tour and fun activities.
Both morning and afternoon classes from each
school were able to attend over a period of two weeks. The tour began in
the European & American gallery, where children created their own story
about a painting, gathered around Morning After the Snow for story time,
then searched for footprints hidden in the gallery.
Next stop was the Asian gallery, where children found Asia on a globe and learned about Chinese
vases and the Lohan. Children then listened to a story about Chinese
New year then solved a puzzle, creating their own Chinese Dragon.
The final stop was the 20th Century gallery where children learned about
rebellious artists, played I Spy, and created a piece of artwork based on
the work of Robbin Murphy.
SBU students later created a parent guideand a membership card for a
return visit to the Quick Center. Children
were encouraged to give a tour to their parents and family and received a
tote bag filled with a QCA coloring book, crayons, pencils, and coupons.
Click here for lesson plans and parent guide.