Every child is a natural artist. Arts Horizons’ innovative programs for young children build upon the child’s artful play to develop emergent artistic, literacy and numeracy skills, to motivate memory and understanding, to cultivate social relationships and to enhance communication.
Music, Movement, Literacy Instruction
Music and movement instruction for early childhood provides essential, developmentally appropriate arts learning in conjunction with literacy learning. This program can support ELL students and integrate specific story, themes and vocabulary to support classroom learning. A planning meeting will determine the goals and structures of the program to align and steer a successful experience. Collaborative efforts of students, teachers and the teaching artist can culminate in the classroom.
Vocal Music Instruction
Vocal music instruction for early childhood provides instruction in the tenants of choral music and may include pitch, phrasing and harmony through singing techniques such as breathing, pronunciation and vocal exercises. A planning meeting will determine the goals and structures of the program to align and steer a successful experience. Programs can be structured to reinforce classroom learning and themes such as literacy through music can provide specific arts learning curriculums. Collaborative efforts of students, teachers and the teaching artist can culminate in a showcase for the school community.
The Dancing Alphabet
Children make letters of the alphabet with their bodies and us creative movement games to instill focus, memorization and sequencing skills that impact literacy development. At the same time the activities increase gross motor skills, body control, balance, strength and flexibility.
Ignite creativity and imagination in the early childhood classroom. Using puppets, stories, movement and dramatic play, students embark on a creative journey with theatre. Students develop problem solving, socialization and language skills in this world of imagination.
Visual Arts Play
Students learn to create original art with new materials and develop the concepts of size, shape, color and texture. This program can include mask making or puppet making for students to construct a fantastically, colorful, textural and imaginative tool for play.