Inside the CHS

Three Connecticut Women and a Group of Girl Scouts

May 10, 2013 · Collections ·

A typical day in the Education Department at CHS begins with educators teaching classes of students, both on-site and off-site, until midday. Then, we spend hours prepping materials for upcoming programs, (think—sorting through thousands of colorful beads for Native American bear claw necklaces, cutting out hundreds of pieces of paper—some sticky—for colonial hornbooks, and peeling…
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CHS Kids’ Choice Awards

August 9, 2013 · Education, Exhibits ·

Summer programs bring a lot of activity to CHS! By the end of August, we will have offered fourteen Story &Crafts at the Museum programs for toddlers and their caregivers. This has given me a lot of time to delve into the minds of 2, 3, and 4 year-old museum visitors. In an unofficial poll,…
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Let’s Go Huskies! Let’s Go Interns!

September 13, 2013 · Education ·

Fall is the time when students of all ages head back to school. It is also the time of year when the CHS Education Department welcomes two new interns through a partnership program with the University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education. The interns from the program (this is our fifth year!) have earned their…
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Stitches and seams

October 2, 2013 · Collections ·

Do you remember Home Economics in school when you were younger? They don’t call it that any more, and boys are learning to sew and cook and girls can take shop, so I understand. I wish that had been true in the 1960s and 1970s while I was growing up. I still hammer like a…
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The Colors of Fall!

October 11, 2013 · Education ·

Fall is my most favorite time of the year – slightly cooler weather, fairs and festivals serving delicious pumpkin and maple flavored treats, and the changing of leaves from green to vibrant reds, yellows, and oranges. If it were up to me, (and I know a lot of you will be happy that it is…
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Giving Thanks!

November 8, 2013 · Education ·

It is that time of year (I can’t believe that November is already here) when everyone begins to think about the things that they are thankful for. I want to give a big thank-you to the following for making 2013 such a great year!

The More They Change……

March 3, 2014 · Education ·

Toys have been around for as long as parents needed a way to distract and entertain their kids. From the bone toys of the Native Americans, to the wooden toys of the Colonists, to the action figures of today; their meanings have not changed, just the complexity, maybe.

Paul Robeson: Baritone, Activist and Renaissance Man

March 24, 2014 · Collections ·

Although Paul Robeson was born in New Jersey, for twelve years he made Enfield, Connecticut his home. The baritone and radio singer was best known for his title role in “Othello” in the 1930s and 1940s, which he portrayed in various venues between London and New York. Robeson performed in numerous American plays and Hollywood…
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Playing the Teaching Game

March 31, 2014 · Education ·

I teach by day and work with toys by night. If that opening did not give you a hint, yes I am a comic book fan. I’m always trying to figure out a way to bring that out in my teaching, whether is setting up my desk at work with fun action figures, or trying…
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Not a Moment to Spare!

May 9, 2014 · Education ·

SO. BUSY. These two words sum up the schedule of our educators over the last few weeks. In April, the CHS Education Department served about 3,000 children, teachers, and parents through its educational programs. May is gearing up to be an even busier month for our department! So, please accept the following humorous photograph in…
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Being a Teacher- Part Two

June 2, 2014 · Education ·

Teaching in a museum setting is such a different experience than teaching in a school. As a museum educator I have a chance to work off of lesson plans,with no homework or tests, to grade. The students are there to have fun and most of the time they are excited to be out of the…
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Summer Time= Recharging Teachers

July 11, 2014 · Education ·

I usually talk about my past teaching experiences in the blog posts; so I thought I would switch it up and talk a little about the work here in the museum. Since I will doing a good deal of editing and writing for our new website this month, I decide to just to a quick…
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How to Play with Whirligigs

September 12, 2014 · Education ·

Children and parents got to experience what it would be like to go back to school during colonial times at our family program last Saturday.

Fun in the (Artificial) Sun

October 10, 2014 · Education ·

How to create sun on a rainy day – that was the question I dealt with last week in preparation for Saturday’s family program.

The Legend of the Charter Oak

October 31, 2014 · Education ·

The Legend of the Charter Oak can be a bit of an enigma for those who haven’t personally experienced this fantastic program.

Story and Craft at the Museum

July 8, 2015 · ·

Beat the heat this summer with a story-time program that’s great for our youngest visitors!

Story and Craft at the Museum

July 15, 2015 · ·

Beat the heat this summer with a story-time program that’s great for our youngest visitors!

Story and Craft at the Museum

July 22, 2015 · ·

Beat the heat this summer with a story-time program that’s great for our youngest visitors!

Story and Craft at the Museum

July 29, 2015 · ·

Beat the heat this summer with a story-time program that’s great for our youngest visitors!

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