Performing Arts in Early Childhood EducationTopic 1
“Early childhood is a time when children’s thinking is still imaginative, flexible and linked to fantasy and fiction. Yet, imaginative and fictional qualities are what young children begin to lose as they grow older, and what adults seek to rediscover”. (Wright, 2012, p. 2) Take a few moments to reflect upon the importance of early childhood educators being imaginative…
Meaning-Making and The ArtsEarly childhood educators must strive to be open tochange instead of repeating the same set tasks eachschool year. Meaningful Performance Arts programsneed to encourage…Critical thinking instead of simple knowledgeacquisition; and Problem-solving skills instead of rote learningskills. (Wright, 2012)
Observing… Meaning-Making Talk about the experience around a large sheet of paper, chalk on thepavement or even a whiteboard. Provide children with ENOUGH time to draw their understandings. Avoid demonstrating how to do something. Instead, children shoulddevelop their own ways of doing things. This is a much better alternativethan simply copying the teacher. Consider the fundamental role of posingquestions that promote higher order thinking and scaffold the learningexperience. Read the authentic observation and listening readings within topic 1. (Knight, 2010)
Performance Arts Glossary Start your glossary today! Jot down the definitions of the following key terms and reflect upon their fundamental role in an ECE classroom. Meaning-making; Artistic Representation (enaction, imagery, symbolising); Artistic Literacy (symbols, signs and texts); Artistic Analogies and Metaphors; Multimodailty and Somatic Knowing; and Context and Form.
Write a vignette of this music experience…Little Bobo - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxHv63P4t78
How have your family, community and social environment shaped your Performance Arts experiences?Wright (2012) – Chapter 6
How are artistic, cultural and creative experiences reflected in the following documents?Create a Mind map… EYLFNational Declaration on MCEETYA The ACARA Shape of the Artsthe Education Goals forYoung Australians Arts MCEETYA National Education Arts Statement
Culture and The Arts “Children’s artistic passion is ignited from within, according to the interests and sensitivities that are quite personal. Ideally, support for children’sarts learning occurs within the family, as well as in the community and the wider society” (Wright, 2012, p. 159). Research cultural arts learning resources that would be suitable for an early childhood class.
Advocating for the arts “Immersion in and through the arts provides opportunities for children’s voices to surface, aswell as avenues for teachers to advocate for theimportance of arts education and society” (Wright, 2012, p. 194).Reflect upon how you will advocate for the arts in early childhood education. Design a poster that could be sent home to parents.
ReferencesWright, S. (Ed.). (2012). Children meaning making and the arts (3rd ed.). French Forest, NSW: Pearson Education.