Performing Arts Focus:
Dance/Movement, Music
Curriculum Connections:
Language Arts/ Literacy
21st Century Skills Addressed:
Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking/Problem Solving

Come explore how to extend children’s literature using proven arts techniques from the National Wolf Trap Institute’s Early Learning Through the Arts Program. Uncover artistic treasures in stories from the classics to contemporary! During this workshop, participants will practice simple techniques for using rhythm and melody to engage young children in books, like the classic Dr. Seuss tale, Cat in the Hat or Three Little Birds by Cedella Marley. Participants will also discover how to facilitate movement to enhance learning in creative child-centered experiences that will keep the kinesthetic learner on their toes.

Learning Goals:

  • Create simple songs and movement to teach curriculum content.
  • Identify curricular connections in books and use song, chant, and movement as a teaching tool.
  • Provide arts techniques for facilitating interactive storytelling to reinforce emergent literacy.
  • Enliven learning experiences about children’s literature by creating sensory experiences in the classroom.