PreK and Kindergarten students at Langston Hughes Academy (LHA) have been offered a unique opportunity to attend school in a museum setting thanks to a partnership with the Louisiana Children’s Museum (LCM). As the museum is currently closed, LHA has exclusive use of the space, which is free to FirstLine through the generosity of LCM and the Helis Foundation.

LCM’s hands-on exhibit galleries and beautifully designed outdoor learning spaces will serve as their classroom for the remainder of the fall semester.

 “The Louisiana Children’s Museum is a content-rich learning lab grounded in the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education where environments, both indoors and outdoors, are used as the teacher,” says Julia Bland, CEO of the LCM. “While the pandemic has created many challenges, it has also inspired a unique opportunity to collaborate with LHA and offer an exceptional experience and learning environment that is not only healthy and safe but built specifically for early learners.”

The museum was designed around a comprehensive educational framework and essential early childhood learning experiences that are focused on literacy, health and wellness, arts and culture, and the environment. The collaboration with Langston Hughes Academy will put into practice the thoughtful and distinct learning opportunities infused in every exhibit gallery and outdoor environment, which create a depth of experiences, inspire discovery, and nurture curiosity in young learners.

“This is an amazing opportunity for the youngest scholars at Langston Hughes Academy! The intentionality that went into building the Louisiana Children’s Museum offers endless opportunities for hands-on, child-centered learning,” says Kristi Walton, LHA Pre-K teacher.

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