Research continues to emphasize how important the first five years of a child’s life are for brain development. Active music-making can be an easy and enjoyable way for educators who work with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers to support the development of important structural changes, neurological processes, and skills during this very active time of brain development. In this edWebinar, Dr. Lili M. Levinowitz shared some recent research in the fields of music and brain development, reviewed key concepts, and demonstrated new music activities and techniques that can be used to naturally support young children’s brain development—all while having fun!
Discover how songs and rhythmic chants can support necessary skills inherent in social development, including joint attention, turn-taking, and formulating greetings and appropriate responses. In this edWebinar, Dr. Carol Ann Blank highlighted ways to approach making music with young children in the inclusion classroom to support development of social skills not only in children with disabilities, but in any child who is delayed in social skill development.
Music and movement experiences during the early years are necessary for developing brains. Learn how music and movement makes learning fun and more importantly, meets the needs of ALL children, regardless of their linguistic, physical, emotional, cognitive or social challenges. There will be time for questions after the session.
In this webinar, Alexandra Farkas, Music Together In-School Services Mentor, explored how simple music activities can support children’s focus, approaches toward learning, transitions, classroom management, and the daily routine in early learning settings. Learn how easy it is to create a musically rich environment that promotes a positive learning atmosphere, engages children of all ages, enhances the classroom environment, and is enjoyable for both children and adults.
Creative experiences that challenge students to observe, articulate, reimagine, and take risks help build their confidence and leadership capacity. In this edWebinar, panelists shared new approaches to shared leadership in schools.
In today’s educational landscape, the value of experiential learning remains an important aspect of student learning. We strive to find ways to provide our students with diverse, experience-based learning opportunities and to help them apply their knowledge and conceptual understanding to real-world problems. In this edWebinar, we discussed experiential learning with a panel of theater experts and performers
Adult learners have much in common with young learners—the need for relevance, engagement, application, and interaction. Sitting and listening to lectures is not an effective teaching approach for helping children learn. That presenter-driven approach is equally boring for adults. In this webinar, Cheri Sterman, Kelly Schofield, and Sarah Dougherty shared their insights on how to engage adult learners and modeled a more interactive learning experience.
Active music and movement experiences include exploration of math concepts such as patterning, sequencing, representation, proportion, and opposites. In this webinar, Early Childhood Music Specialist Ellen Acuna explored ways teachers can use music, movement, and rhythmic chants to naturally support young children’s emerging math skills in ways that are enjoyable for both children and adults.
In this webinar, Crayola Education Director Cheri Sterman and Art Education Specialist Melissa Hayes explained how to use art-integration as a teaching strategy that aligns with subjects across the curriculum. This approach encourages students to explore historical and societal contexts and understand the power of crisp word messages that accompany images they “read” as they decode advertising’s intent, intended audience, and voice.
Creative experiences are a wonderful way to draw families into schools and build a sense of partnership between educators and parents. In this webinar, panelists Cheri Sterman, Tania Kelley, and Emily Pytell shared why family engagement is so important and how they have drawn parents into school by using a series of creativity conversations.
In this webinar, early childhood music specialist Devi Borton explored how to create a child-centered, playful music environment that encourages and values children’s own ways of making music, allows each child to take ownership of his or her music learning, and affords each teacher an opportunity to maximize the learning benefits of music play.
In this lively and entertaining webinar, award-winning author and educator, MaryAnn Kohl, discussed process art and young children. MaryAnn shared true stories of how art influenced the lives of some amazing adults and children, and helpful strategies for inspiring children to be creative and adventurous with art, both individually and in groups.
Explore how teachers can use student-led game-making to enrich learning. In this webinar, panelists reviewed the protocols of game-making, types of student-made games that are well suited for schools, what makes games engaging, and how various cross-curricular content areas come alive in games.
This webinar explored the ways in which participatory and enjoyable adult-child music activities can engage parents in their child’s learning, enhance the home learning environment, promote family engagement in school, and support a strong child-teacher-family connection.
Education leaders know the impact art has on student achievement and engagement. Our challenge is to convince others. Presenters Cheri Sterman and Shauna Kauffman shared insights on how art impacts learning and how to articulate key messages for effective art advocacy.
In this webinar, Ellen Acuna and Alex Farkas, Music Together In-School Services Mentors, explored the many ways music-making very naturally and deeply supports a child’s positive approach toward learning.
Explore how art and literacy are intrinsically linked and enrich each other. In this webinar, Cheri and Kristen read children’s artwork, decoded the drawings and paintings for meaning, and used the art as a springboard for many types of writing—descriptive, persuasive, expository, poetry, and narratives.
This webinar will help educators find ways to create additional access points into learning through the inclusion of songs and chants throughout the school day. Discover music activities that support social development, language development, and physical-motor development for ALL children in the early childhood inclusion classroom, including special learners or those with challenging behaviors.
Music can be an incredible and enjoyable tool to use with children of all ages, however, many early childhood professionals don’t realize that the means to do this are very accessible for any educator regardless of music talent or experience. Through this lively webinar, experience how easy it is to create a musically rich environment that promotes a positive learning atmosphere, engaging children and enhancing the classroom environment.
Learn powerful ways to use art to improve students’ understanding of the world. Participants will learn how the 4 C’s of global understanding—Connections, Commonalities and Comparisons, Citizenship and Communication, and Cultural insights—are key to global understanding.
While children progress through the developmental stages of creative development at their own unique pace, this development occurs in sequential stages, so patterns can be observed. Educators can help parents and colleagues understand these insights and advocate for developmentally appropriate experiences, rich in creative exploration and inquiry. Explore the trends that have been eroding best practices and review how to advocate for child-centered teaching strategies.
This lively webinar highlighted the numerous ways in which playful and developmentally appropriate songs and chants can naturally support young children’s development of essential language and literacy skills.
Creative experiences are a wonderful way to draw families into schools and build the sense of partnership between educators and parents. In this webinar, participants explored how creative experiences can deepen opportunities for family engagement.
In this webinar, Lili Lili Levinowitz discussed the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s definition of Developmentally Appropriate Practice and the 3 core considerations – and how these can be adapted to apply to early childhood music education.