Big Ideas And The Arts Part Ii

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Previously, the focus for the “Big Ideas and The Arts Part I” were the broad cognitive skills and concepts that provide a basic foundation for mathematical thinking, a key component in developmentally appropriate quality early learning programs (my major is Child Studies). “Big Ideas and The Arts Part II” will feature activities for the core content subject areas of Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Mathematics, and will be designed with the intention of aligning to the Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards for Four-Year-Olds that have been established for the School Readiness and VPK educational programs (in which I am currently interning) by the Florida State Board ...view middle of the document...

) found during outdoor activities and subsequently examine their item with a magnifying glass. Next, they create a replica of their magnified item using mixed media. “Your eyes are not a camera. They are the means through which your brain develops an accurate feedback system based on worldly experience” (Jensen, 2001, p. 52).
Big Idea 3 is a Social Studies activity that implements the theatrical technique of pantomime to represent the roles of community members (police officers, firefighters, teachers, doctors, bus drivers, food service personnel, sanitation workers, etc.). The theme of community is important in preschool and primary years, developing both self-concept and the principles of responsibility and citizenship (Communities, 2014). The theater and dramatic arts are part of a larger group of arts disciplines known as the kinesthetic arts (Jensen, 2001, p. 71). “The kinesthetic arts play a powerful role as a universal language, with a symbolic way of representing the world” (Jensen, 2001, p. 71). “Use more drama, theater, role-plays. Get your class used to daily or at least weekly role plays” (Jensen, 2001, p. 83).
Big Idea 4 is a Mathematics dance and movement activity (disciplines of the kinesthetic arts) for learning positional words (on, under, above, behind, beside, etc.). “Understanding positional words is very important for a four-year-old’s ability to...

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