Smithsonian Voices

From the Smithsonian Museums

Ann Caspari

Ann Caspari develops the National Air and Space Museum’s learning experiences for young children whether they visit with their families or schools. You can find Ann in the museum each week at Flights of Fancy Story Time reading stories, playing, and making connections to the museum objects for children and families. Ann also leads professional development in inquiry science for early childhood teachers in the District of Columbia Public Schools. During the summer of 2020, she worked with Diane Kidd to create Flights of Fancy Story Time online that are now available on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/c/airandspace/featured" target="_blank">YouTube</a>.

A boy adds a wish for the health of delivery workers during the 2020 pandemic. This  paper wish tree is inspired by artist Yoko Ono’s Wish Tree for Washington, on view at the Hirshhorn Museum’s Sculpture Garden.

Using Museum Resources to Help Preserve Childhood in a Pandemic

Museum artifacts and artworks inspire early childhood educators to create hands-on experiences for learners and their families at home.