Recent technological and scientific breakthroughs, discoveries and inventions are changing the way we learn, work, interact, and communicate. In an increasingly complex, changing, competitive, and interconnected world we all want to ensure that our children gain the life skills needed to be successful.
Recognizing this need, educators and leaders around the world, have developed the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (www.p21.org). This Partnership advocates for learning environments that complement core subject knowledge in traditional areas of language, math, science, and the social sciences with emphasis on critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication.
Children’s creative and innovative natures provide the foundation for such learning. Parents can nurture these inherent qualities, as well as encourage a lifelong love of learning, by encouraging play that sparks curiosity, discovery, initiative, and personal expression. Play is a gateway to learning. Through self-directed play children make choices and decisions, confront uncertainty, overcome fears, and learn to work together. Playtime is the work of children.
With a visit to the Boston Children’s Museum, you’ll find a perfect play-based learning space where children can open their young minds and develop these essential 21st century skills. What’s more, when we promote learning in this play-based museum environment, we can put children on a discovery path to lifelong learning, innovation and creativity. So come visit us at the Boston Children’s Museum – we can’t wait to watch your children learn and develop their potential right before our eyes.