Literacy Development for Toddlers and Twos using Literature, Art & Objects

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Smithsonian American Art Museum

F Street Northwest

Washington, DC 20004

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Learn how to develop a curiosity that promotes early literacy by incorporating the arts, the community and everyday objects into classroom activities.

Very young children thrive in an environment that is rich in exposure to everyday objects, stories and visual images. Age appropriate books, art prints and objects appeal to toddlers and two year olds and help them understand the world around them. Develop this innate curiosity by creating an environment that supports arts-rich learning in your classroom while maintaining a sense of trust as you nurture the growth of each child.

This afternoon seminar will show you strategies and creative ideas designed to rejuvenate you as a professional and inspire your work with the children in your classroom.


Transfers and Refunds

We offer a full refund up to two weeks prior to the event. We offer a transfer to a future seminar with up to one week notice. Less than one week notice of cancellation with result in forfeiture of your payment.

What to Expect

Active Participation:

Our workshops are a mix of seminar, participatory exercises, museum visits, and open conversation. This program is about sharing ideas, sparking imaginations, and fostering collaboration.


Many of our workshops incorporate activities in many of the museums around the National Mall. There will be a lot of walking as we explore the galleries, so come prepared with comfortable shoes. Please let us know as soon as possible if you have any accessibility needs that should be taken into consideration as we plan our excursions.

Transportation and Accomodations


Reagan National Airport is the closest airport to downtown DC and is the only airport serviced by the Metrorail system: http://www.metwashairports.com/reagan/1211.htm


The Chinatown/Gallery Place Metro Stop, served by the Red, Yellow, and Blue lines, is closest. Please note that the Metro system has been updating the metro rails in sections, which can lead to delays. Check for updated information at https://www.wmata.com/service/SafeTrack.cfm


For full schedule information please reference the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority at http://www.wmata.com/.


Since parking is extremely limited, we recommend that you avoid driving. If you find you need to drive, please reference this SI guide for parking locations: http://www.si.edu/content/pdf/visit/parkingmap.pdf.

Where to Stay:

There are a number of hotels in the greater DC metropolitan area. Do take into consideration access to public transportation. Many hotels offer shuttles to the Mall but a number of the shuttles only run seasonally; be sure to check with the concierge before you book. Please keep in mind that Georgetown is NOT serviced by the Metro, busing is the only public transportation option.

Those participants who would like to room share are welcome to contact us and we will try to connect you with other participants looking to share accommodations.


We can accommodate any accessibility needs. In order to accommodate to the best of our abilities, please let us know what you’ll need as soon as you register.

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