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Parent & Educator Resources

Boston Children's Museum has been creating curriculum, activities and other resources for educators and parents for 100 years. These resources are used in every state in the United States and in over 100 countries around the world, and are rooted in decades of understanding how children learn most effectively, and how adults can best support that learning.

The resources below include the multiple–award winning "Beyond the Chalkboard" website, which was named "Best of the Web – Education Website" and is used by tens of thousands of afterschool professionals all around the world; the STEM Sprouts Teaching Guide, which offers ideas and activities for early childhood educators who teach science, technology, engineering and math; guides for afterschool educators working with English Language Learners and children with autism; and BCM Home Edition – a book of 26 activities that families can try together at home.  Each of these resources is available for free to any parent, teacher or other caregiver that wishes to use them. Click on the links below to find out more.

Beyond the Chalkboard

Voted "Best Education Website" by Museums and the Web, Beyond the Chalkboard is the world's first free, online multidisciplinary curriculum created specifically for afterschool educators.  The hundreds of activities on this site cover a range of subjects including science, literacy, culture, art, health, math, and engineering in ways that support what's learned during the school day. Most importantly, by promoting critical "21st century" skills like problem solving, communication, and working collaboratively with peers, we believe the activities, teaching techniques and resources of this curriculum can help prepare kids for life.


Beyond the Chalkboard is being used in every state in the United States and in over 100 countries (and counting!) around the world, by tens of thousands of educators reaching hundreds of thousands of children. Such a broad community gives us all an opportunity to communicate, share and learn from each other.  Click the link below to visit this website and join this growing community!

www.beyondthechalkboard.com

Including Children with Autism in Afterschool Settings Guide

Boston Children's Museum developed the Including Children With Autism in Afterschool Settings Guide alongside experts in Autism, Out-of-School Time (OST) professionals who run inclusive programs, and parents of children with autism to help afterschool staff better support children with Autism Spectrum Disorders at their sites. As the frequency of diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorders steadily increases, this Guide can serve as a platform for enriching professional growth and relevant dialogue for a wide spectrum of OST staff and administrators.

Click below to download two free PDFs: the Including Children With Autism in Afterschool Settings Guide and an accompanying document that includes examples of tools you can use with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in your afterschool program.

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Guide to Supporting English Language Learners in OST and Extended Learning Time

Working closely with the Latino After School Initiative, Boston Children's Museum developed this guide to help Out-of-School Time (OST) staff better support any and all English Language Learners at their sites. As the ELL and bilingual student populations steadily increase at both the state and national levels, we envision this guide serving as a platform for enriching professional growth and relevant dialogue for a wide spectrum of OST staff and administrators. Click below to download this free PDF.

Download the Guide to Supporting English Language Learners in OST and Extended Learning Time

STEM Sprouts Teaching Guide

The STEM Sprouts Teaching Guide is the product of collaboration among National Grid, Boston Children’s Museum, and WGBH. The goal of this guide is to assist preschool educators in focusing and refining the naturally inquisitive behaviors of three- to five-year-olds on science, technology, engineering, and math. It includes general information on how young children explore science topics as well as specific activity suggestions that align with the Massachusetts state guidelines for STEM teaching in early childhood. Click below to download this free PDF.

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BCM Home Edition

Boston Children's Museum's mission is to engage children and families in joyful discovery experiences that instill an appreciation of our world, develop foundational skills, and spark a lifelong love of learning. But these kinds of engaging experiences don't only happen at the Museum…they can happen at home as well.  BCM Home Edition was created to encourage families to explore, learn and grow together through activities that are fun and inspiring and that any family can try at home. Click below to download this free PDF and bring the Boston Children's Museum home with you!

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National Grid Tinker Kit Educator Guide

Boston Children’s Museum and National Grid have collaborated once again to develop this unique resource that supports young children’s exploration of tinkering, engineering, and making in an early childhood education setting. Through active investigation and inspired play, we aim to build the life skills that will guide our workforce and leaders of the future. This Guide offers preschool educators and childcare providers vital information about materials, approaches, and activities that will get young kids tinkering and learning for life. Our activities use everyday materials - like scissors, paper, and egg cartons -and familiar settings to build the developmental skills and habits of mind that will serve our youngest learners throughout their lives.

National Grid Tinker Kit Educator Guide

Tinker Kit Activity Sheets

Financial Literacy Resources

Money Matters 2.0 - Learn about money in new and fun ways

Money Matters is an early financial literacy program. Below are resources for families that promote financial literacy and intergenerational conversations about earning, spending, saving, and sharing money

California Department of Education – http://www.cde.ca.gov/eo/in/fl/finlitk12.asp

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – https://www.consumerfinance.gov/educational-resources/money-as-you-grow/

FDIC Money Smart for Young People – https://www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/moneysmart/young.html

Jump$tart – http://www.jumpstart.org/

President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability – http://moneyasyougrow.org/

The Mint – http://www.themint.org/

US Mint – https://www.usmint.gov/kids/teachers/financialLiteracy/

Washington State University – http://www.dfi.wa.gov/financial-education/resources-games.htm

Financial Literacy Bibliography – Pre-K-5

Alalou, E. The Butter Man. 2008. Grade K-3
While Nora waits for the couscous her father is cooking he tells her a story about his youth in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco. (scarcity, poverty, natural resources).

Axelrod, Amy. Pigs Will Be Pigs. 1997. Grade K-3
The hungry Pig family learns about money and buying power as they turn the house upside down looking for enough money to buy dinner at the local restaurant. (coins, pricing, saving, spending)

Baker, J. Mirror. 2010. Grade PreK- 3
In Sydney, Australia, and in Morocco, two boys and their families have a day of shopping. Two wordless stories . Read one from left to right and the other from right to left. (markets, goods).

Barbour, K. Little Nino’s Pizzeria. 1987. Grade pre K-2
Tony likes to help his father in their small family restaurant but everything changes as the pizzeria becomes a fancier place. (resources, production).

Blume, J. Freckle Juice. 1971. Grade 3 -5
Andrew uses five weeks of allowance to buy a secret freckle recipe and learns some valuable consumer lessons. (buyers, consumer protection, marketing, production).

Brett, J. The Mitten. 1989. Grade K-3
A retelling of the traditional tale of how a boy's lost mitten becomes a refuge from the cold for an increasing number of animals. (scarcity)

Brown, Marc. Arthur’s TV Trouble. 1995. Grade 1 -3
When Arthur sees advertisements for the amazing doggy Treat Timer, he decides to earn enough money to buy it for his dog Pal. (earning, wants, needs)

Bunting, E. A Day’s Work. 1994. Grade K- 3
When Francisco helps his grandfather find work he discovers his grandfather has something valuable to teach Francisco. (human resources, jobs).

Conner, L. Miss Bridie Chose a Shovel. 2004. Grade 1-4
Miss Bridie immigrates to America in 1856 and chooses to bring a shovel, which proves to be a useful tool throughout her life. (resources).

Cronin, D. Click Clack Moo Cows That Type. 2000. Grade K-3
When Farmer Brown’s cows find a typewriter in the bar they start making demands and go on strike when their demands are refused. (producers, strikes, workers).

Chinn, Karen. Sam and the Lucky Money. 1995. Grade 1-3
Sam must decide how to spend the lucky money he's received for Chinese New Year. (saving, spending)

Cocca-Leffler, Maryann. Mr. Tannen’s Tie Trouble. 2003. Grade K-2
Mr. Tanen loves his ties, but when his school runs out of money to build a new playground, he decides to sell his ties in order to raise the needed money. (saving, community)

DePaola, T. Charlie Needs a Cloak. 1973. Grade K-3
A shepherd shears his sheep, cards, spins the wool, weaves and dyes the cloth, then sews a beautiful new red cloak. (natural resources, producers , consumers).

Dooley, N. Everybody Cooks Rice. 1991. Grade K-2
A child sent to find his younger brother at dinnertime discovers the many different ways rice can be cooked. (wants, needs, production).

Flanagan, A. Busy Day at Mr. Kang’s Grocery Store. 1996. Grade K -3
Describes the work done each day in a neighborhood grocery store owned by a Korean American. (jobs.)

Gill, Shelley. Big Buck Adventure. 2000. Grade K-3
Rhyming account of a little girl's quandary as she tries to decide what she can get with her dollar in a candy shop, toy store, deli, and pet department. (wants, needs)

Hoban, L. Arthur’s Funny Money. 1987. Grade K -3
When Violet has a number problem and Arthur is penniless, they go into business and solve both problems. (earning money, services).

Howard, G. A Basket of Bangles. 2002. Grade 2-5
With seed money borrowed from a bank, a young woman and four of her friends in Bangladesh change their lives by starting their own businesses. (entrepreneurs, loans).

Lewin, T. Market! 1996. Grade K-3
Describes the special characteristics of markets throughout the world. (prices, markets, buyers.)

Lewin, T. The Storytellers. 1998. Grade K-3
Abdul and grandfather pass through the streets of Fez, Morocco, and stop at an old gate where grandfather performs as a storyteller. (jobs, markets).

Lewin, T. Big Jimmy’s Kum Kau Chinese Take Out. 2002. Grade K-3
The sights, sounds, and smells of a busy Chinese take - out restaurant are seen through the eyes of the owner’s young son. (entrepreneurs, producers , consumers ).

Maccarone, Grace. Monster Money. 2001. Grades preK -1
Ten monsters have ten cents apiece to buy a pet in this rhyming story that demonstrates how to count money. Includes math activities. (coins, goods)

Mayer, Gina. Just a Piggy Bank. 2001. Grade preK-1
Little Critter learns the importance of saving money. (saving)

McBrier, Page. Beatrice’s Goats. 2001. Grade K-3
Beatrice’s family could not afford to send their children to school, and it was difficult to make ends meet. But with the gift of one small animal Beat ice is able to earn enough money to attend school and help her family with a new house. (saving, resources)

McKay, L. Jr. Caravan. 2008. Grade 1 -4
A ten - year - old boy accompanies his father for the first time on a caravan trip through the Afghanistan mountains t o the city where they will trade their goods. (markets, human and natural resources)

Milway, K. S. One hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference. 2008. Grade 2-5
A poor Ghanaian boy buys a chicken through a community loan program which eventually helps him lift his mother and community out of poverty. (entrepreneurs , loans, markets).

Mollel, Tololwa M. My Rows and Piles of Coins. 1999. Grade K-3
A Tanzanian boy saves his coins to buy a bicycle so that he can help his parents carry goods to market, but then he discovers that in spite of all he has saved, he still does not have enough money. (saving, wants, needs)

Nagel, Karen Berman. Lunch Line 1999. Grade 2-4.
Kim has lost her lunch, but she has enough money in her pocket to buy something from the cafeteria? The menu is posted. How much will her coins buy? (coins, goods)

O’Neill, Alexis. Estela’s Swap. 2002. Grade K-3
A young Mexican American girl accompanies her father to a swap meet, where she hopes to sell her music box for money for dancing lessons. (trade, markets)

Schwartz, David M. If You Made a Million. 1994. Grade preK-3
Have you ever wanted to make a million dollars? Marvelosissimo the Mathematical Magician will explain the nuts and bolts of earning money, investing it, accruing dividends and interest, and watching savings grow. (earning money, saving)

Shaw, Nancy. Sheep in a Shop. 1997. Grades preK -1
The sheep are off to the store in search of the perfect birthday gift. (barter, goods and services)

Stevenson, J. Yard Sale. 1996. Grade 2-4.
Simsbury is sitting under his favorite tree when a red chair and an accordion pass by, inspiring him to take a look at the Mud Flats yard sale. (opportunity, costs, goods).

Viorst, Judith. Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday. 1988. Grades K-3
Alexander grapples with money management in this picture book. (saving, needs & wants)

Wells, Rosemary. Bunny Money. 2000. Grade Pre K -2
Max and Ruby spend so much on emergencies while shopping for Grandma's birthday presents that they just barely have enough money for gifts. (saving, wants and needs)

Williams, Vera. A Chair for my Mother. 1982. Grade1-3
A child, her waitress mother, and her grandmother save dimes to buy a comfortable armchair after all their furniture is lost in a fire. (saving, jobs, wants and needs)

Williams, V. Music, Music for Everyone. 1984. Grade K-2
Rosa needs to earn money to help her mother while her grandmother is sick so she plays her accordion in the Oak Street Band. (saving, resources).

Williams, V. B. Something Special for Me. 1983, Grade K-2
Rosa has difficulty choosing a special birthday present to buy with the coins her mother and grandmother have saved. (saving, human resources).

Woodson, J. Coming on Home Soon. 2004. Grade 1–3
Set during World War II, Ada’s mother must go to Chicago to work. Ada waits and hopes for the day her mama will come home (jobs, discrimination, scarcity, gender).