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ERIC Number: ED527207
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 120
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-0-8077-5008-5
The Story in the Picture: Inquiry and Artmaking with Young Children. Early Childhood Education Series
Mulcahey, Christine
Teachers College Press
When children look at works of art they tell stories, share experiences, imagine, and explore. This book provides teachers with the skills, and freedom, to design rich and open-ended art experiences for young children. The author looks at the work of a variety of artists and offers guidance for using these artworks as taking-off points for conversations and creativity with a range of materials. She demonstrates that using fine art reproductions in the early childhood curriculum allows children to construct their own meanings, teaches diversity, fosters thinking skills, and encourages storytelling. The text includes lesson plans, examples of activities, and photographs of children working and interacting with each other and with works of art. Based on the NAEYC and NAEA standards, this teacher-friendly resource provides: (1) Numerous examples of open-ended arts experiences using reproductions of fine art from many different genres, periods, cultures, and sources; (2) Lesson plans containing several art concepts to be used with children according to their developmental readiness; and (3) Easy-to-implement lesson ideas designed to encourage teachers to create their own to fit in with their regular early childhood curriculum. [Foreword by Maxine Greene.]
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A