Educating Children

The arts—movement/dance, music/sound, theater/creative drama and visual arts— can provide unforgettable experiences for young children that captures their attention and stimulates their thinking. The arts can also support learning across the curriculum and include all developmental domains. Research on effective classroom practices, the brain and learning, and multiple intelligences all support the power of the arts in learning. Natural connections exist between the arts and learning in a variety of disciplines.

Math: Music and math deal in different ways with many of the same concepts including, patterns, fractions and numerical relationships. Difficult ideas and procedures in math are more memorable when sung, acted out, drawn or danced.

Language Arts/Literacy: Vocabulary can be broadened and increased when connected to vivid experiences in any arts area. Listening and speaking skills grow stronger through participation and appreciation of theater, music and other arts.

Science: Complex concepts in science can be understood more easily through drawing, dance, acting or singing. Young children can create their own instruments from paper or found objects and explore vibration, pitch, and other concepts about the science of sound.

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