Object-Based Learning Programs
Object-based learning programs create an educational atmosphere in which objects become central to the lesson. These programs include a classroom lesson where special artifacts will be available for little leaders to touch and hold, providing multiple ways for them to connect with the subject matter. Additionally, students will participate in a docent-led tour that includes the Oval Office and Life in the White House exhibits. Educators should choose one of the three programs below; each lasts 75 minutes.
We invite your little leaders to follow in the footsteps of President Clinton. The Mini-Presidential Tour will encourage students to think big with a hands-on lesson
where students will view and touch replicas of military challenge coins and actual campaign buttons from the 1992 and 1996 presidential campaigns. Following the classroom activity, students will tour the exhibit and find the military challenge coins and campaign buttons on display while they tour the Oval Office and Life in the White House exhibits.
Holidays at the White House
Each year, the White House hosts many events that celebrate our nation’s diversity. Students will learn more about these holiday traditions by viewing and holding the types of objects that are used during these celebrations. Following the classroom activity, the students will find similar artifacts in the permanent exhibit Life in the White House. The docent-led tour also includes the Oval Office exhibit.
Why is the bald eagle a national symbol of this great nation? Why are there 50 stars on the U.S. flag? Students will learn the answers to these questions through a hands-on classroom activity. They will find national symbols – the eagle, the flag, the Presidential Seal, the Statue of Liberty, and the White House – while exploring the permanent exhibits. The docent-led tour also includes the Oval Office
and Life in the White House
exhibits.Schedule your school visit.
Temporary Exhibit Programs
The White House Collection of American Crafts: 25th Anniversary Exhibit
As First Lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton wanted to ensure the White House reflected thediversity and creativity of our great nation. This exhibit gives students the opportunity to see how the diversity of shapes, symmetry, and patterns are all vital parts of the artistic expression. After touring, students will be given the materials to create their own piece of art using sculpting clay and texture tools. By manipulating the clay through a guided activity, students will engage their senses through art. Their imaginations are their only limits! Click here to see the lesson plan based on approved educational standards.
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Special Events & Programs
Read for the Record
In Partnership with Too Small to Fail
October 25, 2018 • 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., & 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
This fall, the Clinton Center will participate in the 13th annual “Read for the Record” campaign, which highlights the importance of building early literacy and language skills for every child. Join us as local celebrities read Maybe Something Beautiful by Isabel Campoy and Teresa Howell. Based on the true story of the Urban Art Trail in San Diego. Maybe Something Beautiful reveals how art can inspire transformation – and how even the smallest artists can accomplish something big. Each student who participates will receive a copy of Maybe Something Beautiful, available in both English and Spanish.
Dr. Seuss’s Week-Long Birthday Party
Too Small to Fail, an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, is leading a public awareness and action campaign to promote the importance of early brain and language development and to empower parents with tools to talk, read, and sing with their young children.
February 26 – March 2, 2018 • 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., 11:30-12:30 p.m., & 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Get students excited about reading at our annual celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Local celebrities will read from their favorite books and share their love of reading with elementary students. Students will receive a book from the Dr. Seuss collection and enjoy a birthday surprise. Make your reservations now! Limited space is available.Schedule your school visit.
Petite Pierre and the Floating Marsh
May 1 and 2, 2019 • 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Featuring Author Johnette Downing
Author and musician Johnette Downing will visit the Clinton Center in May to delight students with a unique musical reading experience. In conjunction with our upcoming exhibit, Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea, she will read her book, Petit Pierre and the Floating Marsh, which encourages readers to protect and preserve the wetlands.
Revered internationally for her “singable” books and trickster tales, Johnette Downing offers a unique musical author visit experience for audiences by combining her books and her music. With their rhythmic cadences and sung refrains, books come alive for audiences through participation in the singing-reading connection, encouraging reluctant readers to get jazzed about literacy.
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