Artful approaches to early childhood literacy

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Literacy in early childhood programs still have a strong focus on reading and writing activities with printed texts (Pahl & Rowsell, 2012), yet playful explorations in the arts—drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, music, or drama—offers an important process of making meaning and understanding the world for young children (Frei, 1999; McWilliams, O’Hara, Novotny, & Kyle, 2014). This small hands-on workshop will introduce students, teachers, and early childhood educators to a variety of artful approaches I have used in my kindergarten classes to support young children’s literacy. I will also share how to plan and integrate artistic experiences and approaches into an early childhood literacy curriculum and activities, and in larger cross-curricular inquiries. Attendees will play and participate in a variety of 2D and 3D art activities and techniques I have used to support children’s literature. In this workshop, participants will explore a mixed media approach to learning the alphabet using Lois Ehlert’s (1989) book Eating the Alphabet, an open-ended painting and drawing activity using Peter H. Reynolds (2003) book The Dot, and 3D building with cardboard to accompany Antoinette Portis’ (2006) book Not a Box. Samples of kindergarten inquiry projects on cities and houses, animals, All About Me, and author studies of Eric Carle and Todd Parr will also be set up as an exhibit for participants to view.
Period15 Apr 201718 Apr 2017
Event title7th International Art in Early Childhood Conference: What is art for?
Event typeConference
LocationParo, BhutanShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational