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  • Process Over Product: Building Creative Thinkers with Art
    With the smell of coffee brewing and waffles toasting, I peer into my girls’ art studio and see two preschoolers happily invested in the processes of drawing flowers and painting landscapes. My two-year old dips her brush delicately into a bowl of water and then fills her brush with paint. The brush dances across the […]
  • Adding Arts to the Equation
    Every day, in every aspect of curriculum, Opal School students are invited to work with the arts to express their interpretations and growing relationships with the world around them. Inspired by the municipal preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, Opal School began 12 years ago with the intention to pursue the question: What are the implications […]
  • Filled with Wonder: 5 Attributes of Quality Theatre for the Very Young
    Picture it: you bring Tyler, a nine-month-old infant, to sit through a high-quality production of “James and the Giant Peach.” To expect the same deliciously wide-eyed and captivated response as his seven-year-old sister is nonsensical. Would we say, then, that baby Tyler, in his most formative years, is not entitled to the same level of […]
  • Wolf Trap Early STEM Learning Through the Arts Propels Science Learning
    At a Congressional Briefing about the national dissemination of Wolf Trap’s Early Childhood STEM Learning Through the Arts (Early STEM/Arts) project—now in the third year of a U.S. Department of Education Arts in Education—Model Development and Dissemination grant—a District of Columbia Public Schools classroom teacher who had participated in an Early STEM/Arts residency approached me. The […]
  • The Arts: Promoting Language & Literacy of Young Children
    Art has traditionally been an important part of early childhood programs. The arts in early childhood education is spontaneous, creative play—drawing, painting, self-expression, singing, playing music, dancing, storytelling, and role playing. Pre-school age children love the arts because that is what they do naturally. The arts engage all the senses and kinesthetic, auditory, and visual […]
  • Old Songs, New Opportunities
    It is a familiar trope that early childhood teachers claim that they get as much out of teaching young ones as students get out of their lessons. They do it for the love of children, the excitement of youthful discovery, and the joy of nurturing rather than a hefty paycheck. My own mom, a longtime […]
  • Universal Preschool: The Science (and Magic) in Preschool for All
    There is a lot of science behind the benefits of universal preschool education. The idea was first introduced in France in the 1800s; many developed countries have a strong history of educating all children early on. We don’t, and so a debate began, and science set about to study whether or not there’s any benefit […]
  • Celebrating Early Arts Education
    “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso As the mother of a four year old daughter (Sofia), I have seen firsthand how natural it is for young children to communicate and express themselves through singing, drawing, and dancing. These mediums allow youngsters […]

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