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In this experience, Wolf Trap Teaching Artist Laura Schandelmeier demonstrates how coffee can theater and dance elements can be used to teach foundational concepts in math and science. Video topics include AB patterns, money, skip counting, addition through part-part-whole, and plant growth cycle.

Laura Schandelmeier in a classroom with children and teacher

To share the impact of the Wolf Trap Residency Program in their classroom with parents, the teacher and teaching artist created a video that showcases children’s engagement with Engineering’s Six Steps. While the video may look like a performance, the real emphasis during the residency was the process and instilling habits of mind that will help the children to approach problem solving creatively in the future (problem solving using the creative process, where failure is only failure if you don’t learn from it and try again). Teaching Artist Jeanne Wall also created a song with a dance called “The Six Step Shuffle” to help the children learn the six steps.

Jeanne Wall does engineering experience with children

In this experience, Wolf Trap Teaching Artist Sylvia Zwi shares a repetitive chant that uses melody and steady beat to create positive feelings about a healthy food. This experience was developed for Little Voices for Healthy Choices, A National Initiative for Early Head Start (EHS) and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) administered by the Early Head Start National Resource Center.

Sylvia Zwi with parent and child in BAP

In this experience, Wolf Trap Teaching Artist Sue Trainor shares an experience that uses melody, steady beat, role play, and props to create positive feelings about a healthy food. This experience was developed for Little Voices for Healthy Choices, A National Initiative for Early Head Start (EHS) and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) administered by the Early Head Start National Resource Center.

Sue Trainor in classroom with teacher and children

In this experience, Wolf Trap Teaching Artist Valerie Bayne Carroll demonstrates using storytelling to identify patterns and relationships between characters and objects. 

Val Carroll works with preschool teachers in a training session

In this experience, Wolf Trap Teaching Artist Katherine Lyons demonstrates using story dramatization to practice dynamics.

Katherine Lyons dramatizes a story with props

In this lesson plan, Wolf Trap Teaching Artists Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner draw from the book Rooster's Off to See the World by Eric Carle to describe how to use traditional song to reinforce concepts such as counting, adding on, and taking away.

Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner in a classroom setting

In this experience, Wolf Trap Teaching Artist Katherine Lyons demonstrates dramatizing characters to imitate and follow directions, identify different animals and their sounds, learn new vocabulary, and explore positional words through physical movement. 

Katherine Lyons with a book

In this experience, Wolf Trap Teaching Artist Katherine Lyons demonstrates using a rhyme to practice steady beat and learn positional words.

Headshot of Katherine Lyons laughing

In this experience, Wolf Trap Teaching Artist Katherine Lyons demonstrates using props to sequence a story and learn math vocabulary. 

Katherine Lyons shows a child how to tell a story through props in a classroom

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