Creativity and the Arts with Young Children / Edition 2

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Overview

Creativity and the Arts with Young Children, 2E is written for early childhood educators as well as those who work with children from birth through age eight. The focus of this revised text, is on making the vital connection to the arts throughout all areas of the classroom, including music, movement, drama, and the visual arts, and focusing on developing creative teachers who will be able to foster an artistic environment. The text includes observations and photos of teachers and children that demonstrate practical ways the arts can be used to help children reach their potential. Expanded content on multi-intelligences, Reggio Emilia, divergent questioning, and art recipes, is supported with chapter ending literacy connections, and activities for adults. The book provides many ideas for open-ended activities that are important for the development of young children, and will encourage them to think in new ways. Professional standards and recommendations are addressed so that teachers can recognize what goals these organizations believe are important in the early years. Thorough in its coverage, the text speaks to children with special needs and cultural diversity, leaving the reader with the most complete information regarding arts in the young child's classroom.

Creativity and the Arts for Young Children, 2e is written specifically for early childhood educators as well as professionals who work with children birth through age eight. The focus of this book, now in it's second edition, is on making the vital connection to music, movement, drama, and the visual arts in all areas of the classroom, as well as, developing creative teachers and professionals who will be able to foster an artistic environment. The book includes observations and pictures of teachers and children that demonstrate practical ways the arts can be used to help children reach their potential. There are expanded sections on multi-intelligences, Reggio Emilia, divergent questioning, and art recipes, and the book also includes literacy connections, and activities for adults at the end of each chapter. There are many ideas in the book for open-ended activities that are important for the development of young children and will encourage them to think in new ways. The standards and recommendations from professional organizations are addressed so that the reader can recognize what goals these organizations believe are important in the early years. Thorough in its coverage, the text speaks to children with special needs and cultural diversity, leaving the reader with the most complete information regarding arts in the young child's learning environment.

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My overall impression of the text is that it is well-written covering the arts, not just the visual arts, but all of the arts.

The greatest strengths of this text are: the wonderful activities that are included the open-ended art activities. It is very difficult to find open-ended art activities the clarity with which the author speaks uses language that students relate to easily this book is just the right length so that I can bundle it with another book and the cost is kept to a minimum for the students.

Overall, I like this book. The content is interesting and presented in a very usable way. I am interested enough to look deeper into each chapter and find out what content is described and how the authors view each topic, such as play or creativity.

This book appears to be a very nice undergraduate text. It is well organized, and provides books, childrens literature, and web sites that are helpful at the end of each chapter some of the photographs are wonderful.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781418030728
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 4/7/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 1,139,615
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Rebecca Isbell is the Director of Tennessee's Center of Excellence in Early Childhood Learning and Development, and a Professor of Early Childhood Education at East Tennessee State University, Johnson City.

Dr. Shirley C. Raines is President of the University of Memphis. She received the distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching from George Mason University and the Patty Smith Hill Award from the ACEI. Dr. Raines is also an active member of the Association for Childhood Education International, the National Association of Early Childhood Educators, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and the International Reading Association.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Creativity. Chapter 2: The Creative Teacher. Chapter 3: The Role of Play. Chapter 4: Understanding the Visual Arts. Chapter 5: Creating Art. Chapter 6: Music, Music, Music. Chapter 7: Creative Movement: More Than the Hokey Pokey. Chapter 8: Creative Drama. Chapter 9: Creativity Across the Curriculum. Chapter 10: Integrating the Arts. Appendices: Appendix A: The Ducks that Could Not Swim. Appendix B: Rhymes and Finger Plays. Appendix C: Stories to Dramatize with Young Children. Appendix D: Primary Thematic Unit: Icky Sticky Fun! Glossary. Index.

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