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Children’s Museum of Cleveland opens ‘I Feel-understanding emotions together”

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The Children’s Museum of Cleveland has announced the opening of its newest exhibit “I Feel: Understanding Emotions Together”. The exhibit will be on display through June 22, 2014.

The exhibit is based on the book series “The Way I Feel” by Cornelia Maude Spelman and was designed by the Children’s Museum of Cleveland in collaboration with the Cuyahoga County’s Office of Early Childhood/Invest in Children with the support of The Treu-Mart Fund, a supporting organization of The Cleveland Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.

The aims of the exhibit is to help young children recognize and cope with their feelings as well as helping parents and caregivers have a better understanding of the inner emotional life of children. The exhibit initiates a parent-child dialog about feelings while helping parents and children develop a vocabulary needed to
identify, describe, understand and manage their emotions.

Teachers will also find this exhibit helpful in finding ways to gereate discussion in class to facilitate this learning process.

Illustrations from the books, include: When I Feel Angry, When I Feel Sad, When I Feel Good About Myself, When I Care About Others, When I Miss You, When I Feel Jealous, When I Feel Scared, and When I Am Worried and have been enlarged into visually stunning and informative, resource-filled panels.

Corresponding real life play environments, complete with imaginative props, will promote costume, physical and object play, all encouraging the caregiver and child to act out their version of that particular scenario.

About The Way I Feel Book Series

“The Way I Feel Book Series”is written by Cornelia Maude Spelman, illustrated by Kathy Parkinson and Nancy Cote and published by Albert Whitman & Company. www.albertwhitman.com.

Cornelia Maude Spelman worked as a therapist with children and families before turning full-time to writing. She is the author of many books for children, including the bestselling Your Body Belongs to You and The Way I Feel Series. She lives in Evanston, Illinois.
Kathy Parkinson is the illustrator of numerous books for children including The Way I Feel Series and Sweet Dreams, Little Bunny! She lives in Arlington Heights, Massachusetts.

Nancy Cote is the illustrator of more than two dozen books for children including When I Feel Angry. She lives in Somerset, Massachusetts.

Albert Whitman & Company has been publishing award-winning children’s books since 1919. Best known for the classic series The Boxcar Children® Mysteries, its highly praised picture books, novels, and nonfiction titles succeed in delighting and reaching out to children and teens of all backgrounds and experiences. Albert Whitman’s special interest titles address subjects such as disease, bullying, and disabilities. All Albert Whitman books treat their readers in a caring and respectful manner, helping them to grow intellectually and emotionally.

About Invest in Children

Invest in Children is a community-wide, public/private partnership administered by the Cuyahoga County Office of Early Childhood. The Partnership is comprised of individuals, private organizations, government agencies, community-based service providers, and philanthropic organizations, all working together to help increase the development, funding, visibility and impact of early childhood services in Cuyahoga County.

About The Children’s Museum of Cleveland

Offering a variety of hands-on, family-oriented exhibits and programming, The Children's Museum of Cleveland is the Northeast Ohio destination and resource for all young children, parents and caregivers to engage in fun, innovative, interactive play that accelerates the child's creativity, development and education. The Children's Museum is located at 10730 Euclid Avenue in University Circle. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Regular admission is $8.00 for children and adults and free for infants 11 months and younger. The Museum's operations are funded in part by the generous support of over 1,300 member families, and these members always receive the benefit of free admission. For more information about The Children's Museum of Cleveland visit www.ClevelandChildrensMuseum.org

I Feel: Understanding Emotions Together is sponsored by

The Treu-Mart Fund
Invest in Children
The Hershey Foundation
Gerald and Nancy Goldberg Family Philanthropic Fund
The Harry K. and Emma R. Fox Foundation
The S. K. Wellman Foundation

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