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• Children use pretend “Tell me and I will forget. play to make sense of Show me and I will remember. the world and what they Involve me and I will observe in their understand.” environment. Chinese Proverb• They assume roles and arrange space and objects.
Provides students with an outlet for emotions, thoughts, and dreams they may otherwise not be able to express. safe atmosphere where actions and consequences are examined and discussed.Challenge student’s perceptions about their world and themselves.
• Develop Tolerance and Empathy – Acting enables one to see the world through another’s eyes, need to be able to understand their POV• Teaching working together (cooperating and contributing to the group, listening to peers, team- oriented)
• Current research shows that students who receive an arts education are more motivated to learn – and stay in school longer. The arts also provide avenues of achievement for students who might otherwise not be successful in school. The Importance of Childrens Theatre in Elementary Schools by Jim Giles
Stimulates creativity in problem solvingAdvance Communication skills Less likely to have difficulty speaking in public and are more persuasive in arguments.
Self Control and Discipline (necessary in all arts)Reinforces other school curriculum Understand ideas in history and current events Understand the way human beings interact
• American Alliance for Theatre and Education http://www.aate.com/index.htm• Educational Theatre Association http://www.etassoc.org/• Why Teach Drama? A Defense of the Crafthttp://www.childdrama.com/why.html
• What is it? – A form of psychotherapy that encourages self-expression through painting or drawing.• Music therapy vs. art therapy – Music: relies on improvisatory and interactive musical experiences that incorporate rhythm, melody, and harmony. Music is processed by both brain hemispheres and physically stimulates sensory and emotional systems. – Art: creates an environment in which crucial developmental stages can be naturally promoted through the creative process of art and music.
Leads to changes in how an individual with developmental disabilities processes information.Provides an avenue of expression for the minds of those who may not be skilled enough to verbalize their thoughts.• The child experiences the comfort of discovering a sense of self that he may not have previously experienced.• these students can be given a way to communicate to others, have confidence in their own ideas, understand emotions, finish projects, Improve their fine-motor skills, problem solve, appreciate the beauty around them, and grow in ways that will empower them throughout their life.
• results in a greater level of expression and creativity within art, delivering a therapeutic benefit to the individual.• children are encouraged to visually represent their thoughts and feelings, such as conflicts, wishes, and memories. Utilizing their artwork and verbalizations, they are helped to understand how they function as individuals and as part of a family and group system
Art activities should Be a structured activity, starting with shape Have display possibilities Lead to the discovery of some new form Be a familiar home activity (e.g., cutting, typing, assembling) Show a step by step progress clearly Use material a size larger than the hand Be three dimensional http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_o3i6y5kojc
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