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In these experiences, Wolf Trap Teaching Artists demonstrate chants that provide opportunities for listening, attending, and responding through the power of rhythm and rhyme of words. Chants reinforce concepts through repetition.  

STAGES for Learning: Performing Arts Experiences for Early Childhood Education provides early childhood professionals and parents with effective approaches and arts experiences that have been tested and refined in preschool and kindergarten classrooms by teachers, teaching assistants, Wolf Trap Teaching Artists and, of course, children.

In this experience, Wolf Trap Teaching Artist Sue Trainor demonstrates a strategy for creating prior knowledge for a story through music and drama.

Sue Trainor sings with a teacher and children in a classroom

In this experience, Wolf Trap Teaching Artist Joe Pipik demonstrates how to maintain focus and enhance classroom learning by using puppets as transition devices.

In this experience, Wolf Trap Teaching Artist Paige Hernandez demonstrates a technique for exploring emotions.

Photo of teaching artist Paige Hernandez

In this experience, Wolf Trap Teaching Artist Val Carroll demonstrates how steady beat can be used for classroom management, creating focus, and exploring animals and emotions.

Val Carroll and child in classroom

In this experience, Wolf Trap Teaching Artist Valerie Bayne Carroll shares a song that promotes healthy nutrition practices.  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.

Val Carroll and child in classroom

In this experience, Wolf Trap Teaching Artist Kofi Dennis shares a song that fosters quiet play interaction between an adult and a child.  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.

Kofi Dennis with babies in BAP class

In this experience, Wolf Trap Teaching Artist Krissy Marty demonstrates how to use dance to provide young children with important vestibular stimulation. 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.

Krissie Marty demonstrates an experience

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

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