Imagine young children learning basic math, science, and pre-literacy skills by acting, dancing, and singing and creating. That is what the Young at Arts program of Young Audiences brings to preschool classrooms around the city. Day Nursery has been privileged to be a part of this program since its inception. We have seen first hand how the arts motivate and engage children in learning, stimulate memory, facilitate understanding, promote relationships, and build competence. This month, teaching artist Meg Olsen is visiting the Day Nursery Start Smart 4 Children at Ft. Harrison. During her residency, “Hand Building with Clay,” preschool-age students are learning basic techniques of working with clay as well as vocabulary specific to hand-building. They also will make and paint their own clay creation. Meg begins each 3 visit session by reading a story to the children to spark their ideas about what their creation might look like—a great literacy connection!
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