Education – Professional Development

Professional development workshops promote The Magic House philosophy of combining hands-on learning and fun! Educators can enjoy the camaraderie of fellow teaching professionals while learning activities that are easily integrated into classroom curricula. Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees provides elementary teachers with economic education resources, as well as field trips for their classes. An updated Math-magical Workshop for Teachers focuses on measurement, geometry and fraction skills. A Taste of Science serves up a sampling of hands-on science experiences for early childhood educators, while Storytime Science and Math blends children’s literature and storytelling to bring simple science and math concepts into the classroom. New this year are Storytime Science and Math: The Next Chapter and A Little Bit of Science, two workshops designed to help teachers integrate hands-on math and science skills into the classroom curricula.

For further information or to make a reservation, please contact the Education Department at educationinfo@magichouse.org or call 314.288.2513.

Professional Development Workshops

A Taste of Science Preschool to 2nd grade

This popular workshop is designed to “whet your appetite” for making hands-on science an important component of the early childhood and primary classroom. The workshop examines four thematic units in depth: the environment, kitchen chemistry, the scientific process and the five senses. Teachers gain hands-on experience while exploring activities that emphasize science process skills and focus on active learning and sensory experiences that are easily integrated into your present classroom curriculum.

Workshop Cost: $250 per session
Workshop Length: Two hours
Size Limit: Maximum 50 teachers

GLEs: Science K-2: Matter and Energy 1Aa-c; Ecosystems 1Aa-b; Scientific Inquiry 1Aa-b
NGSS: Life Science 1.A; Physical Science 1.A, 1.B, 3.A, 3.B, 4.A

Storytime Science and Math Preschool to 2nd grade

Once upon a time, educators participated in a workshop on how to bring science, math and literature connections into the early childhood classroom. Employing favorite children’s books as a springboard, teachers will gather new ideas on using storytime to integrate basic hands-on science and math activities into the early childhood curriculum.

Workshop Cost: $250 per session
Workshop Length: Two hours
Size Limit: Maximum 50 teachers

GLEs: Mathematics K-2: Numbers and Operations 1A, 1B, 2A Communications Arts K-2: Reading 2B, 2C, 3C Science K-2: Matter and Energy 1Aa-c
NGSS: Earth Space Science 3.A; Life Science 1.A, 4.C
CCSS: Counting and Cardinality K.CC.1, K.CC.4, K.CC.5, K.CC.6; Operations and Algebraic Thinking K.OA.1, 1.OA.5; Measurement and Data K.MD.1, K.MD.2, K.MD.3, 1.MD.1, 1.MD.2, 2.MD.2; Geometry K.G.1, K.G.2, K.G.5, K.G.6, 1.G.1, 1.G.2, 1.G.3

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NEW! Storytime Science and Math: The Next Chapter Kindergarten to 2nd grade

Check out the new edition of this professional development workshop. Using favorite children's books as inspiration, Magic House educators will provide creative ideas on how to use storytime to integrate hands-on science and math activities into the early childhood curriculum.

Workshop Cost: $250 per session
Workshop Length: Two hours
Size Limit: Maximum 50 teachers

GLEs: Mathematics K-2: Numbers and Operations 1A, 1B, 2A Communications Arts K-2: Reading 2B, 2C, 3C Science K-2: Matter and Energy 1Aa-c
NGSS: Earth Space Science 2.C, 3.A; Life Science 1.A, 1.B, 2.C, 4.C; Physical Science 1.B, 4.A
CCSS: Counting and Cardinality K.CC.1, K.CC.4, K.CC.5; Operations and Algebraic Thinking K.OA.1; Number and Operations in Base Ten 1.NBT.2, 1.NBT.3; Measurement and Data K.MD.1, K.MD.3, 1.MD.1, 1.MD.4; Geometry K.G.1, K.G.2, 1.G.3

Thanks to a generous grant from the PNC Foundation, a limited number of teachers from qualifying schools will participate in this program free of charge.

NEW! A Little Bit of Science Preschool

Join Museum educators as they intoduce hands-on activities that support the Missouri Early Learning Standards in Science. Early childhood educators will gather engaging teaching strategies and hands-on acitivities to spark the excitement of science discovery and exploration in the early childhood classroom.

Workshop Cost: $250 per session
Workshop Length: Two hours
Size Limit: Maximum 50 teachers

MELs: Physical Science 1.a, 1.b, 1.c, 2.a, 2.b, 2.c, 3.b, 3.c, 4.a, 4.b, 4.c; Life Science 1.a, 1.b, 2.a, 2.b, 2.c, 3.a, 3.b, 3.c, 4.d; Earth and Space 1.a, 1.b, 1.c, 2.a, 2.c, 3.a, 3.b, 4.a, 4.d

UPDATED!
A Math-magical Workshop
K to 2nd grade
3rd to 5th grade

It all adds up in this workshop for teachers of kindergarten through 5th grade! Explore innovative ideas and hands-on teaching techniques that support measurement, geometry and fraction skills. This workshop makes math instruction as simple as 1-2-3!

Workshop Cost: $250 per session
Workshop Length: Two hours
Size Limit: Maximum 50 teachers

GLEs: Mathematics K-3: Numbers and Operations 1B, 3A; Geometry 2A; Measurement 1A
CCSS: Measurement and Data K.MD1, K.MD.2, K.MD.3, 1.MD.1, 1.MD.2, 1.MD.3, 1.MD.4, 2.MD.1, 2.MD.2, 2.MD.3, 2.MD.4, 2.MD.7, 2.MD.8, 3.MD.1, 3.MD.3, 3.MD.5, 3.MD.6, 4.MD.1, 4.MD.5, 5.MD.3, 5.MD.4; Geometry K.G.1, K.G.2, K.G.4, K.G.6, 1.G.1, 1.G.2, 1.G.3, 2.G.1, 2.G.2, 2.G.3, 3.G.1, 3.G.2, 4.G.1, 4.G.3, 5.G.1; Number and Operations and Fractions 3.NF.1, 3.NF.2, 3.NF.3, 4.NF.1, 4.NF.3, 5.NF.2

Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees 2nd to 3rd grade
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This workshop is designed to assist teachers in preparing students to participate in the Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees financial literacy field trip tour and provide ideas on integrating economic education into classroom curricula. Attendance at the FREE teacher workshop is a prerequisite for teachers new to the Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees program and grants each teacher a FREE field trip! The workshops are held at The Magic House.

Workshop Dates

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 from 6 to 8 pm
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 from 6 to 8 pm

GLEs: Social Studies 2-3: Econmic Principles 4A Mathematics 2-3: Measurement 1D

Thanks to a generous grant from Wells Fargo Advisors, a limited number of qualifying teachers will participate in this program free of charge.