Art, music, movement, woodworking, drama, and dance are integrated throughout each day as relevant to the curriculum and as needed for children to express themselves aesthetically and physically and to express ideas and feelings. Specialists work with classroom teachers and children. Children explore and experiment with various art media, tools, and forms of music, drama, and dance.
Appropriate Practice in Pre K and Kindergarten
Art and music are taught as separate subjects only once a week. Specialists do not coordinate closely with classroom teachers. Representational art, evaluated for approximations to reality is emphasized. Children are expected to follow specific directions resulting in identical projects. Crafts substitute for artistic expression.
Inappropriate Practice in Pre K and Kindergarten
Excerpted from NAECYS’s new expanded edition of Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving children from Birth Through Age 8, edited by Sue Bredekamp.
A Few Final Thoughts to Remember
- Drama is in the room.
- Drama is in each student.
- Students are not sponges soaking up drama.
- Students are sponges and you are wringing drama out of them.
- Teachers are like soft background music. The music plays softly and makes you feel good; but you forget it’s on as you work.