Creative Materials and Activities for the Early Childhood Curriculum

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 7/13/2014
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Innovative, practical, and easy to use, Creative Materials and Activities for the Early Childhood Curriculum is the ideal research-based resource for helping all children from infancy through grade five learn in, through, and with the arts, while meeting national and state standards. With a focus on teaching the creative arts and other subjects in ways that engage children’s minds and bodies, it looks at the teacher’s role from multiple perspectives by addressing the concepts and importance of creativity, classroom environment, planning, and assessment. Included are over 400 standards-based activities, an abundance of children’s literature suggestions, arts-infused content-area chapters, differentiated strategies across age and grade levels, technology suggestions, inspiring photos, practical examples, lesson segments, case studies, guidelines, and practical tips that can be put to immediate use in the classroom. Also included are a number of user-friendly approaches for using arts-based learning to meet the needs of diverse learners. The Enhanced Pearson eText features embedded video to illustrate key concepts and pop-up assessments.


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Author Biography

Joan Packer Isenberg is Professor Emerita of Education at George Mason University, where she also served as associate dean in the College of Education and Human Development from 2003-2011 and as the founding director of the Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning (ASTL) program from 1999-2003. She is past president of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators and was the 2006 recipient of the Early Childhood Teacher Educator of the Year Award from NAECTE/Allyn & Bacon. Isenberg also served as the first visiting scholar for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) from 2002-2003. For most of her academic career she has studied and written about early childhood curriculum, play, and arts integration, particularly as they affect children’s learning and development. She has taught children from preschool through grade four in both public and private settings. Among her numerous authored or co-authored publications are Creative Thinking and Arts-Based Learning (6th edition 2014), Exploring Your Role in Early Childhood Education (4th edition, 2012), The Master’s Degree in Education as Teacher Professional Development (2012, Rowman & Littlefield), and Major Trends and Issues in Early Childhood Education, (2nd edition, 2003). She currently is doctoral affiliate faculty with the Union Institute and University.


Jennifer L. Durham is a certified K-12 special education teacher. She is currently the Curriculum and Technology Coordinator at the Lab School of Washington. Dr. Durham is also a professor at American University in the School of Education, Teaching, and Health and a supervisor of student teachers. Her work at American University focuses both on formal and informal assessment and the preparation of special education teachers to be able to use multi-sensory, project-based, arts-integrated learning in their teaching practices.  She received her bachelor’s degree from Austin College in Sherman, TX; her master’s degree from American University in Washington, DC, and her Ph. D. in special education and arts integration from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.       Dr. Durham has been a public school teacher, an owner of her own private educational consulting company, and has completed over 120 hours of professional development in arts integration through the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  With Professor Isenberg, Dr. Durham completed a four-year study of the effects of an arts integration program on school culture in selected schools in the Washington D.C. area. She has presented at several conferences on the Power of the Arts in everyday learning.

Table of Contents

Part I:         Exploring Creativity and the Arts


Chapter 1:       Creativity and the Arts

Chapter 2:       Facilitating Creativity and the Arts

Chapter 3:       Designing Environments for Creative Materials and Activities



Part II:       Teaching the Creative Arts:  What Does It Look Like? 


Chapter 4:       Visual Arts and Children’s Development

Chapter 5:       Creative Materials and Activities for the Visual Arts

Chapter 6:       Creative Materials and Activities for Drama

Chapter 7:       Creative Materials and Activities for Music, Movement, and Dance



Part III:      Creative Materials and Activities in the Content Areas


Chapter 8:       Language, Literacy and the Creative Arts


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