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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!