During the last few years, I have been one very lucky art teacher! I get to co-teach exciting lessons with classroom teachers during nine week arts integration blocks. In our HOT School, these are called HOT Blocks, once a week sessions with lessons designed so all students, and especially those in need of academic support, can learn through multiple intelligences and the arts in addition to conventional methods.
My colleagues and I sometimes find it a bit challenging to plan integrated language arts lessons for kindergarten arts students, especially at the beginning of the year. We want all of the students to progress in writing without frustration. We have found that it is helpful for these young students to start with creating art, and after the experience of creating, the students write about their experience or about the project itself.
Young children can really benefit from arts integration lessons. Manipulating materials helps young students understand difficult concepts and the world around them. What kinds of arts integration lessons can you try to help your students understand more deeply this year?
Amy Traggianese is an elementary visual arts educator and has been an art essentialist at a Connecticut Higher Order Thinking (HOT) School since 2001. A former kindergarten and first grade teacher, she has 30 years of arts integration experience. Amy specializes in integrating language arts, math, science and technology into the art curriculum. She presents at local and national conferences. Amy is an active educator voice on Facebook and Twitter, loves a good Twitter chat, and connects with other educators through social media.