Early Childhood Education Students Host ‘Pop-Up’ Events at Knock Knock Children’s Museum

 

Student preparing shaving cream used in paper egg dyeing for two young girls.
Student and young boy laughing while blowing bubbles.
Student preparing pipe cleaner for child's parachute.
Young girl playing with green bubbles.

 

April 16, 2018

Students in the School of Education’s early childhood education program prepared and displayed ‘pop-up’ events at the Knock Knock Children’s Museum, a state-of-the-art facility rooted in research and evidence-based practices addressing all areas of development, on April 3-6, 2018. Children ages 3 to 8 were welcome to partake in different activities such as banner painting, paper egg dyeing, and parachute crafting, to name a few.

Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner said the students’ pop-up events helped “to engage visitors with new and exciting concepts and increase offerings during high traffic periods.”

Education students were also given the opportunity to volunteer with Knock Knock and learn more about how the museum serves the nine-parish capital region. This program has partnered with Knock Knock for the past three years to help prepare for its public opening in August 2017.

According to Knock Knock’s website, the museum is focused on improving children’s early literacy skills and increasing interest in STEM careers, especially to an ever-expanding population of children living in poverty around the Baton Rouge area. The museum wants to help “close the knowledge and early childhood education gap,” which creates an abundant learning environment for CHSE’s education students as well.

“The museum offers endless opportunities for exploration and creation,” says Dr. Baumgartner. “I anticipate that these future teachers will contribute their knowledge of curriculum development in their service at Knock Knock and hopefully leave with new inspirations for their future classrooms.”

 

About SOE
The LSU School of Education (SOE) offers graduate and undergraduate programs in Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership and Research, and Counseling, including two completely online master’s programs. SOE offers a range of professional and academic degree programs that focus on preparing students for careers in education, research, policy formation and implementation, as well as program oversight. The School’s mission is to prepare P-12 educational professionals to be leaders, practitioners, and scholars knowledgeable in contemporary educational issues. SOE is part of the College of Human Sciences & Education.  

Visit the School of Education at lsu.edu/chse/education.

 

About CHSE

The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, the School of Library & Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs, 18 graduate programs, and 7 online graduate degree and/or certificate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 1,120 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan.

Visit the College of Human Sciences & Education at lsu.edu/chse.