Teaching children how to think and problem-solve is one of the most important lessons they learn. The creative arts provide the platform for children, with the help of adults, to problem-solve and make choices in the creative process. As long as you have a voice and can move, teaching the creative arts can be achieved in most settings for young children. Consider that most children scribble with a pencil or crayon before they can speak in a full sentence. When toddlers hear music, they nod their heads up and down and clap their hands while seated in their highchairs before they can even stand. We are born eager to create. This course will provide information on age-appropriate instructional strategies for teaching activities through movement, music, art, and dramatic play. In addition, classroom set-up and various art materials will be discussed.
This course is approved by the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education.
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Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: Defining Creative Arts and How they Promote Child Development A. Creative Arts B. How Art Activities Contribute to Acquiring Developmental Skills C. How Music, Movement and Dramatic Play Contribute to Acquiring Developmental Skills D. Review E. Summary Section 3: Instructional Strategies to Promote Creativity in Young Children A. Process Builds Self Confidence and Self- Worth in Young Learners B. Creative Arts is a Natural Way to Promote Learning in Young Children C. Promoting Creativity with Children Ages 0-5 Years D. Additional Activities to Develop Skills E. Creativity: The Process is More Important Than the product F. Making Creativity a Focus in Creating the Learning Environment for Young Children of All Ages and Developmental Levels G. Review H. Summary Section 4: Conclusion A. Facilitating Creativity is How You Can Succeed B. Bringing it All Together Like One Big Symphony C. Congratulations
Dr. Grace is a career early childhood educator. She has experience in the classroom as well as state government, the private sector, and teacher education. Formerly the Early Childhood Coordinator for the Mississippi Department of Education charged with implementing public school kindergarten, she has directed preschool programs serving 3- and 4-year-olds. Dr. Grace was professor of education at Mississippi State University as well as director of the Early Childhood Institute. The Institute provided professional development and technical assistance to childcare providers statewide and provided guidance to policymakers on early childhood programs in the state. She has co-authored books on portfolio assessment and how to address the impact of natural disasters on childcare centers and young children. She is currently the co-director of the Graduate Center for the Study of Early Learning at the North Mississippi Education Consortium. Disclosure: Cathy Grace EdD has no Relevant Financial or Non-Financial Relationship with ineligible companies to disclose.Staff Writer: Kimberly Workman, MA
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