Word Headquarters is a busy pretend global communications company that highlights literacy as the key to a child’s academic and lifelong success. Children can role play as employees who are discovering the building blocks of literacy and creating sentences, stories, songs and other forms of self expression. Exhibit messages guide adults about ways to help develop a child’s print awareness, alphabet knowledge, phonetic and phonological awareness, vocabulary, narrative skills, recognition of genres and reading comprehension.
- Sort and build with literacy tiles featuring letters, sight words, prefixes and suffixes, punctuation, symbols, pictograms and more in the exhibit’s mechanical, kid-powered production center
- Play larger-than-life word games
- Send messages to coworkers using the exhibit’s overhead pulley or the interoffice speaker system
- Capture a performance on video in the communications center
- Listen to audio books in the employee break room
- Publish a blog or read a book in the corner office
- Experiment with color, scale, typeface and images to create a visual message at the design station inspired by the work of graphic designer and author Chip Kidd
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