ERIC Number: ED453939
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
For a Child, Life is a Creative Adventure: Supporting Development and Learning through Art, Music, Movement, and Dialogue. A Guide for Parents and Professionals. = Para los ninos, la vida es una aventura creativa: Como estimular el desarrollo y el aprendizaje por medio de las artes visuales, la musica, el movimiento y el dialogo. Guia para padres de familia y profesionales.
Recognizing that creativity facilitates children's learning and development, the Head Start Program Performance Standards require Head Start programs to include opportunities for creative self-expression. This guide with accompanying videotape, both in English- and Spanish- language versions, encourages and assists adults to support children's creative expression through art, music, drama, dance, creative movement, and dialogue. The guide has five chapters that follow the same sequence as the subtitles in the 13-minute videotape, "A Creative Adventure." Chapter 1 describes the importance of creative activities for children's learning and development. Chapter 2 describes the importance of the visual arts, assists adults in setting the stage at home or in the classroom for art activities, and offers suggestions about how to listen and respond to children when they talk about their creative work. Chapter 3 provides an overview of how young infants, mobile infants, toddlers, and preschoolers grow and develop skills in art, music, movement, and dramatic play. Chapter 4, based on theories of multiple intelligences, encourages staff to recognize each child's strengths and to plan activities that allow children to participate according to their interests, abilities, and skill levels. This chapter also presents a rationale for encouraging music and movement and provides suggestions for related activities. Chapter 5 illustrates how adults can participate, observe, listen to, and interact with children engaged in dramatic play, and describes the linkages between emergent literacy and dramatic play and drama. Each chapter contains an introduction to its theme, including a related segment from the videotape; a rationale for encouraging creativity and tips on providing opportunities for creative expression; a suggested training activity; and a list of resources. (KB)
Descriptors: Art Activities, Child Development, Creative Development, Creativity, Dramatic Play, Educational Practices, Emergent Literacy, Movement Education, Multilingual Materials, Music Activities, Preschool Education, Self Expression, Videotape Recordings, Young Children
Head Start Publication Center, P.O. Box 26417, Alexandria, VA 22313-0417 (Guide, 13-minute VHS videotape, and poster).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC. Head Start Bureau.