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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Welcome to Youth Arts Month

March 1 kicks off a month-long celebration of youth participation and learning in the arts. Many states, cities, and organizations have their own way of celebrating. Here is just a random sampling of ideas I’ve seen from around the web: 1. National Young Audiences Arts for Learning Week, March 24–30 2. March is Music In […]

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