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Maryland Wolf Trap

Early Learning Through the Arts

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Improving literacy, STEM, and 21st Century Skills through the arts

Eighty-five percent of brain development occurs during the first five years of a child’s life. Participation in the arts encourages positive growth in a child’s emotional, physical, intellectual, creative, and social development. As the Maryland affiliate of the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, Young Audiences expands access to the arts for Maryland’s youngest students during the critical early learning years. Each program includes embedded professional development to build teachers’ skills and confidence in arts integration techniques so that the arts remain a strong part of their lessons after the residency ends. Teachers will learn effective ways to engage students in participatory activities that involve all the senses and encourage critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration.

For more information on the program, please contact Kurtis Donnelly at 410-837-7577 ext.113.

Learn more:
16-Session Literacy Residency
STEM Learning Through the Arts Residency
Maryland Wolf Trap Artists

16-Session Literacy Residency

The signature Wolf Trap program is the 16-Session Literacy Residency. Residencies are designed to be highly collaborative and creative partnerships between teaching artists and educators to improve students’ literacy skills. In each residency, a Wolf Trap teaching artist shares how to use the performing arts to engage students and enrich their learning environment. See the structure of a typical residency by downloading the 16-Session Literacy Residency Overview.

STEM Learning Through the Arts Residency

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The Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts has partnered with Young Audiences for the regional dissemination of its new STEM Learning Through the Arts residencies. These programs address a need for innovative STEM teaching and learning strategies in the early childhood community, while providing groundbreaking research into early childhood STEM learning.STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education has become a top priority for students and educators in the U.S. Research shows that students’ math skills as they enter kindergarten are the strongest predictor of later school achievement, yet many of our students are unprepared.

With support from the U.S. Department of Education, Wolf Trap has developed age-appropriate content, skills, and processes that are common to STEM learning and the performing arts-based learning approaches that it has developed during its 30 years of working with public schools and Head Start centers. The active learning inherent in arts-based classroom activities make the arts an especially effective teaching strategy for early childhood
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During the program dissemination teaching artists and teachers will be actively engaged in implementing strategies and content that correlate fundamentals of dance, drama, and music with math learning outcomes in areas such as geometry and spatial relations, number and operations, pattern, measurement, and math reasoning.

Maryland Wolf Trap Artists

Max Bent
Valerie Branch
Jamaal Collier
Katherine Lyons
Lisa Mathews
Khaleshia Thorpe-Price
Arianna Ross
Laura Schandelmeier
Sue Trainor

Photos courtesy of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts