The South Australian Museum has a rich learning environment for young children.
If you want your class to explore the whole museum, book a "Discovery Trail" in which small groups take seperate paths through the building, later meeting up on the lawns or back at school to share experiences. Small groups allow parents or other helpers to answer students' basic queries immediately, and more importantly, respond to the students' observations promptly.
If your class has a particular focus such as Mammals or Fossils, book the appropriate gallery for a half-hour and explore it in small groups (for the reasons explained above). After your students have shared their discoveries, proceed on a "Discovery Trail" of the whole institution.
For some galleries we have hands-on collections that can enrich your students' experience. For these galleries Education Staff provide a 15 – 20 minute introduction using the collections. Currently hands-on collections are available for;
- Australian Aboriginal Cultures
- World Mammals
- Pacific Islanders
- Marine Life
If you have not visited the museum for some time, you might wish to make a personal visit to familiarise yourself with the exhibits and prepare appropriate vocabulary activities for your students.
Ring the Education Office if you would like to meet with an Education Officer in the gallery to discuss your program.