Tips for Kindergarten (& pre-K) Drama

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 Tips on Using Drama with Pre-K and Kindergarten 

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hints_on_using_drama_kindergartenWorking with children in the pre-K and Kindergarten age requires special skills.  Managing the classroom with active, developing children can be a challenge, but employing drama skills to assist can make things easier--and we can show you how.  In our blog, we discussed using drama as a classroom management strategy and group work with young students.  In this download, we focus on our 18 tips and suggestions learned through teaching drama to pre-kindergarten and kindergarten children throughout the world.

Appropriate Practice in Pre K and Kindergarten

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.

Inappropriate 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.

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.

Pre-K and Kindergarten Curriculum

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Classroom teachers and drama educators: all you need to implement this program in your classroom is a group of students, a space large enough in which to move comfortably, a signaling device, and you! MISSION This curriculum is a first step ...
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Character Education for Kindergarten
Drama & Character Education Building character is a life long process.  The formation of good character begins when people are very young.  There are many human qualities that make character: honesty responsibility, resourcefulness, etc.  Many of these qualities can be ...
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The Erickson Drama/Learning Program is organized by four distinct and progressive levels and a Five Word Focus. These Five Words cover the five beginning skills in drama: concentration, imagination, transformation, imitation, and collaboration. Each successive level builds upon the previous ...
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Kindergarten Drama Objectives & Standards
Kindergarten Drama Objectives  Drama Objectives Alignment to National Standards  These objectives cover essential learning in the art form for five- to seven-year-old students.   This first PDF download above contains objectives used in our Kindergarten Curriculum (appears below for members) in a handy printout for ...
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Kindergarten Lessons
Recommended Lesson Sequence for Kindergarten  This year-long planning guide maps a year of drama teaching.  We put these lessons in a recommended delivery order below, but you may revise, rearrange, and adapt as you see fit.  This sequence is not a ...
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Pre-K Lessons
Recommended Lesson Sequence for Pre-Kindergarten  This year-long planning guide maps a year of drama teaching for Pre-Kindergarten students.  This is adjusted and shortened from the longer schedule for older students in Kindergarten.  We put these lessons in a recommended delivery order ...
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