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ERIC Number: ED170706
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jan
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Arts and Reading "Coming to Our Senses": Why the Visual & Performing Arts are Fundamental to Reading & Language Development.
Hall, Barbara Ann
Before cutting up words, analyzing and dissecting them, children should touch the reality behind them. The arts are fundamental to the language experience approach to reading, providing a perceptual framework for a child to express ideas and feelings. The results of selected school programs where the arts have been incorporated into the curriculum are that the arts humanized curriculum and school environment, increased self-concept, reduced vandalism, and increased reading scores. Visual and aural experience allows children to discover and perceive new aspects of their environment, formulate concepts about them, and express them in nonverbal terms. Architecture and the visual arts, music, drama, and dance each have their own contributions to make to the world of the child. Although a case can be made for the arts to be part of the basic education for every child, budgets for funding arts education are low and will be until voters clearly understand that the arts are essential to reading and language development. (TJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Claremont Reading Conference (46th, Claremont, California, January 19-20, 1979)