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ERIC Number: EJ818681
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0256-8543
A Multi-Arts Approach to Early Literacy and Learning
Souto-Manning, Mariana; James, Nancy
Journal of Research in Childhood Education, v23 n1 p82 Fall 2008
Based on teacher questionnaires and close ethnographic observation of 40 first-grade students, this article explores the learning possibilities the arts present for teaching young children and fostering developmentally appropriate practice. Its aim is to reinforce the value of the arts already being used in early childhood classrooms and to promote literacy development and learning through the arts in an integrated fashion, valuing multiple intelligences and learning styles. Teaching young children literacy through the arts sets a lifelong habit of critical consciousness. Collaboration between school arts specialists and classroom teachers is encouraged and specific suggestions are provided to help present students with learning opportunities that are meaningful, fun, and encompass a wide scope of opportunities, creating multiple sites for potential learning. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A