To celebrate the metamorphosis of Playcentre Publications into Ako books, my three teaching resources, ‘Imagined Worlds’, ‘Dance Upon a Time’ and ‘The Story Sack’ are being offered at a special ‘three-book-bundle price’ of $69.95, a saving of $20.00.To accompany this special offer I’ll be writing a series of short articles focusing on the values of arts education with some practical examples from my books.
It has been nearly thirteen years since the first of my three arts education for early years teaching resources was published. However as the world becomes increasingly more rationalized, mega -fied, screen -ified and compartmentalized the need for arts education is greater than ever.
Singing, dancing and storytelling are ancient ways of creatively engaging with the world. They are expressive forms of meaning making that bring the rational mind and the compassionate heart into union. Joseph Chilton Pearce termed this “the intelligence of the heart.”
In the process drama, ‘The Bird Collector’ found in my teaching resource, ‘Imagined Worlds’ the children are invited by a bird collector to help her find the rare ‘Wah – wah’ bird. The children enthusiastically prepare themselves, create maps, collect tools, design traps and are successful in capturing the bird who then begs the children to set her free. The ever acquisitive ‘doing’ part of the brain is confronted by the ‘feeling’ heart as the bird challenges the children, “How would you like to be locked up in a cage? How would you feel if you were taken away from your family and home?”
Process drama uses the imaginary to help make sense of reality. It gives an emotional context to learning, asking the child to both think and feel their way to an understanding.
If you’d like to know more about using process drama with the children you work, my resource ‘Imagined Worlds’ is an accessible and fun introduction. Kathleen Warren’s book, ‘Hooked on Drama’ is another excellent resource for early years (three to eight years) Process dramas are best suited for children three years and older and can be offered to both small and larger groups of children.
If you’d like to do a practical workshop in this area, I am available to come and run professional development in your Centre or School or come on a story adventure and attend a workshop with me on the magical island of Waiheke.