Grades: Pre-K and Kindergarten
In-person sessions: $25 per session
Virtual sessions: Pay what you can
Curriculum Connections: Language Arts/Literacy, Social & Emotional Development, S.T.E.M., Visual & Performing Arts

Classrooms are transformed with performing arts experiences that inspire new ways of thinking and learning. In this embedded professional development program, NJPAC teaching artists work directly with teachers to develop and implement arts-integrated lessons that engage children in active, joyful learning across subject areas, including literacy and S.T.E.M.

In-person classes

Thursday, April 13

Session 1 | 9AM-12PM
Spectacular Vernacular: Enriching Vocabulary with Arts Strategies with Paige Hernandez, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist
Discover engaging ways to enhance your students’ vocabulary! Participants will get first-hand experience using arts strategies that include hip hop, sign language, and theater games! Creating rich vocabulary learning opportunities doesn’t have to be a daunting task when you rediscover language and literacy skills and give them an interesting twist. Use slang, #hashtags, technology, and more!
Session 2 | 1-4PM
Keep It Moving: Using the Arts and Personal Touches for Smooth Transitions and Smart Classroom Management with Paige Hernandez, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist Explore creative ways to facilitate transitions, establish routines, and enhance daily practices using arts strategies that include dance, poetry, hip hop, and sign language! Participate in and analyze a lesson, with step-by-step examination of structure, transitions, and easy solutions for common class challenges. Participants will create and enhance strategies with their own personal flair, culture and expertise!

virtual classes

friday, April 21

Session 1 | 10-11:30AM
Looking for Musical Clues: Uncovering the Hidden Music in Favorite Stories (Pre-K, K) with Christina Farrell, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist Learn to uncover the hidden music in favorite stories! Explore arts strategies for adapting text from a book to include musical elements, and practice simple techniques for using rhythm and melody to engage young children in storytelling. Create a child-led musical experience based on favorite story!
Session 2 | 12:30-2PM
Arts in the Natural World: Exploring Science through Dance (Pre-K, K) with Amanda Whiteman, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist Learn how props, children’s literature, and the elements of dance can be used together to facilitate creative and sensory experiences that ignite children’s imagination and understanding of the environment, nature, and scientific inquiry.

Christina Farrell

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Amanda Whiteman

Teaching Artist
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