PLYMOUTH — Using the arts to teach young children the foundations for science and math is the subject of a creative, hands-on and fun Arts in Early Learning conference to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 8, at Plymouth Elementary School.
The Arts in Early Learning conference, presented annually by VSA NH and the Arts Alliance of Northern NH, is designed for early childhood educators (pre K to grade 2), librarians, teaching artists, pre-school and child care administrators and care providers, as well as parents and grandparents.
Lead presenter Deborah Stuart of VSA NH says, "During this year's conference, we'll use all art forms — music, dance, theater and the visual arts — and a rich array of the best children's books, including non-fiction for the very young. The activities we'll share not only encourage young scientists and mathematicians, but they show how arts integration strategies also build language and expression in learners of all ages and abilities."
Particular attention will be given to meeting the needs of children with developmental and learning differences.
Deborah Stuart, who was the editor and contributing writer for Start with the Arts, is a folk musician who has worked with children for 40 years and is active around the country as a speaker, trainer and children's musician. She will be joined by Will Cabell, a professional puppeteer, actor, musician and educator, by dancer and movement educator Kelly Doremus Stuart and by theater artist Richard Moses.
Registration is $35 for the first registrant from a school, library, or center; reduced rates are offered for each additional registrant from the same site as well as for Arts Alliance members and for students. Scholarships are available on request. Professional development credits are offered; the workshop has been approved for credits by the Child Care Licensing Bureau.
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