Kansas Wolf Trap Early Childhood STEM Learning Through the Arts
Across the country, lawmakers, educators, and business leaders are working together to strengthen Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education.
Kansas Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts is leading the way to help achieve national STEM education goals by infusing the creativity of high quality arts education into early childhood STEM learning.
STEM education must start in the earliest years at the time when children’s interests, desires, and abilities are formed. Kansas Wolf Trap Institute’s arts-based teaching method taps into children’s innate desire for active, multisensory learning, as children literally embody STEM concepts by singing and dancing, and engaging their imagination through puppetry, story dramatization, and role play.
Appropriate for ages: PreK, Kindergarten, Grade 1
The Kansas Wolf Trap Teaching Artists are professional performing artists who have served on the Arts Partners roster for a minimum of five years.
The Kansas Wolf Trap Teaching Artists are:
Musician Aaron Fowler
Movement and theatre specialist Pamela Lamont
Storyteller and movement specialist Twyla Smith
Storyteller and puppeteer Amy Woolf.
The Kansas Wolf Trap Teaching Artists use performing arts techniques and strategies to help young children acquire basic emergent literacy skills, STEM skills, and other developmental learning skills, in addition to reinforcing the curriculum.
Each Kansas Wolf Trap Artist has received 50-100 hours of training in early childhood development and program development in support of emergent literacy. Their professional development also includes Wolf Trap ELL Best Practices and STEM Early Childhood STEM Learning Through the Arts program development.
The Kansas Wolf Trap Baby Artsplay Teaching Artists are:
Each Kansas Wolf Trap Baby Artsplay Teaching Artist is an experienced Arts Partners and Kansas Wolf Trap Teaching Artist. Each has received an additional 30 hours of intensive training in the development and implementation of performing arts-based programming for young children, ages 18 to 36 months.