Integrating Arts to Enhance Early Childhood Education
Need some help engaging your students with lessons? The easiest way to do it is with the arts! The arts tap into the child's natural ways of learning about the world and allow them to experience hands-on lessons in the class. Sing a song to remember the butterfly cycle, act out a book, or just dance your way around the room to show what joy looks like. The arts become a way to make every lesson come alive and stay with the students. Integrating the arts allows all differentiation for any student needing a new way to approach new ideas. Come and enjoy!
Attendees will learn how:
• Using the integrated arts of music, dance, art, and drama enhances the early childhood curriculum.
• Using art such as drawing, sculpture, painting, and ceramics encourages learning with small children.
• Using music along with lessons benefits the child's learning of new knowledge.
• Using dance and movement to enhance lessons allows young children to fully experience learning.
• Using drama to enact and experience new knowledge and internalize the material benefits young children's learning.
Dr. Kevin Dartt
American College of Education
Dr. Kevin Dartt earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music, including vocal music K–12 and vocal performance. After marrying an artist, the arts became a part of her whole life. She has raised children and watched grandchildren use the arts, take lessons, and learn using the arts. She has worked with young children and taught student teachers to use the arts in the classroom to reach every child and encourage increased learning and memory. Dr. Dartt is a Professor in student preparation at various universities and has been working with teachers for the last 21 years.