While most of us think of music class as teacher-led songs, a developmentally appropriate music experience fosters child-initiated music play and provides the opportunity for individual children to focus on their own musical ideas – at all ages. Learn 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 play.
Collaboration is a 21st century skill. Students and faculty benefit when thinking about how to compromise, resolve conflict, and reach consensus. Project-based learning that includes collaborative art experiences, build these skills. Participants received a creative collaboration cultural assessment tool and see how “drawing the culture” can reveal insights and discussed the “culture continuum” and how to nurture a more collaborative, creative school culture.
In this webinar, the presenters explored the many ways music-making very naturally and deeply supports a child’s positive approach toward learning. Learn how music can serve as a lens through which you can learn about a child’s attitude, habits, and disposition toward learning, as well as their learning style, which can be particularly useful in the beginning of the school year.
In this webinar, participants learned how songs and rhythmic chants can support necessary skills inherent in social development including joint attention, turn taking, and formulating greetings and appropriate responses. Carol Ann Blank, board certified music therapist, highlighted ways to approach making music with young children in the inclusion classroom to support the development in social skills not only in children with disabilities, but in any child who is delayed in social skill development.
This webinar explored promising practices of using art-integration to build critical thinking skills. Learning outcomes: Explore the essence of critical thinking and why “When something is created…something bigger happens;” examine student artwork; generate essential questions that could deepen student understanding and help teachers extract insights for authentic assessment of student learning.
Research continues to emphasize how important the first five years of a child’s life are for brain development. Music can be an enjoyable and easy way for educators to support the development of important structural changes, neurological processes, and cognitive skills during this very active time of brain development. Attendees not only learned about some of the recent research in this field, but also came away with a deeper understanding of music’s impact on the developing brain.
Art and design are even more important skills to develop than ever before, as we prepare students to communicate in all sorts of new media. Art-infused education helps students visually communicate thoughts and feelings. Participants explored how to become effective art advocates; craft concise art advocacy messages; build effective collaborations; gather compelling evidence on benefits of arts education; and communicate “why art in education matters.”
Children start learning through rhythm and music before birth. Throughout early childhood, they learn primarily through auditory, rather than visual, stimuli. Because young children’s minds and bodies are irresistibly drawn to music, it is a natural, developmentally appropriate way for them to increase language skills, early math awareness, social skills, physical development, creative thinking skills, and self-confidence.
It is amazing how much information can be found by carefully observing an illustration. Visual clues can be found that give insights into the characters and plots. To help find rich meaning in illustrations, Cheri explored visual literacy tools: the Art Elements and Principles of Design. These tools enable teachers and students to read illustrations and become more fluent communicators. After the session, participants are encouraged to immerse themselves in this creative process and see how meaningful it is to create art themselves.
Presenter Carol Ann Blank, shared songs and activities that support social development, language development, and physical/motor development for ALL the children in your class – including special learners or those with challenging behaviors. View the webinar to see how students who are handicapped participate in instrument play, singing, and academic-related concepts alongside their typically developing deaf peers.
Art-infused education is a compelling way to help children learn. Research shows that using art across the curriculum increases student engagement. Art builds 21st century readiness and develops the 4C’s: Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication, and Collaboration skills. In this webinar, participants explored what creativity means and how to use the Creative Cycle in common, everyday experiences.
In this webinar, Lili M. Levinowitz, Ph.D., and Lauren Guilmartin, MA, shared the ways in which music, movement, and rhythmic chants can support even the youngest child’s growing mathematical understanding, all while the children and YOU are having fun with music!
This edWeb.net Arts & Music in Early Learning webinar explored how and why the content and process of developmentally appropriate music activities can support young children’s language and literacy skill development. Participants gained a deeper understanding of how they can easily use music to support important areas of language learning including: phonological awareness, vocabulary development, print awareness, active listening skills, and creative storytelling.
Many students struggle when asked to define abstract values like commitment or courage. In this webinar, presenter Heather Kensill shared additional ways to expand and express their understanding of abstract concepts like values.
This webinar explored how simple music activities can support children’s focus, approaches toward learning, transitions, classroom management, and the daily routine in early learning settings. 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.