The current educational climate provides an environment which privileges cognitive knowledge over any other form of knowing, the assessment of which is largely documented through written form either by children or by adults on behalf of children. Teachers are encouraged to look for the holes in each child’s knowledge, as opposed to the whole of their being and knowing, and to measure this using language as opposed to any other form of sense-expression which might speak to a young child’s expertise.
Could you distinguish between a child that has a right to education and one which doesn’t? Meet Nyima, a young girl from a remote nepali community, whose family identity is not recognised or given any right to belong in their community. Hear her story of being released from total social oppression into an education and a future.
In this blog Earlyarts Director, Ruth Churchill Dower, explores how the arts can enable young children with selective mutism to communicate by connecting brains and bodies in new and creative ways and how a new PhD research programme will explore the impact of different art forms on early brain development.
Renowned theatre-maker, Amelia Bird, highlights the importance of rigorous research to demonstrate how their Speech Bubbles programme has a 'statistically significant impact on children’s spoken language, storytelling and social interaction abilities'.
bOing! International Family Festival is an annual celebration of theatre and dance at the University of Kent, Canterbury where, this year, Oily Cart theatre director, Tim Webb will be leading a debate on the quality of young children's theatre.
Don't you agree that the best teachers are the ones who know how to make sense of the world? They know how to capture a child's heart as well as their mind, and how to nurture those magic moments when imaginations go wild! They give whatever it takes so that a child really gets it, feels valued and respected, wants to do their very best and thrives, no matter what the odds are against them.
In my webinar interview for Earlyarts I spoke about the power of stories in our lives. Stories are so much more than books we share with children at bedtime, they are powerful tools. Through stories we shape and share our identities, effect change, connect with others and learn about the world and who we want to be within that world.
Last month I was the invited guest speaker on the Earlyarts webinar. This piece is a response to the online discussion I had around the considered topic 'Can Dance Help Children to Become School Ready?' This blog is intended to extend some of those important discussions further.
Anna Daly from Primed for Life tells Earlyarts about children's fluency in the language of movement and why we should not undermine their innate knowledge and skills to move and interact with their environment.