How did we learn our ABC’s and count to ten? By singing, of course! The arts make learning so much fun that kids become excited to learn.
In January of 2016, after 2 years of research and preparation, we launched San Antonio Wolf Trap; Institute for Early Learning through the Arts. The Wolf Trap Institute, in Virginia, has been recognized as a national model for integrating the arts into early education.
Now, through our Teaching Residencies, San Antonio teachers can learn, from our trained “Teaching Artists”, how to incorporate interactive performing arts such as dance, singing, storytelling, and puppetry, to get kids excited to learn STEM subjects.
San Antonio Wolf Trap Early Learning addresses two primary concerns expressed in San Antonio:
First: School readiness of children who live in economically disadvantaged circumstances.
Second: Access to effective professional development for teachers who work with these children.
With four teaching artists trained, theArtsFund will now place them in 8-week, 16-session residencies in early learning classrooms with Pre-K 4 SA, which will host the first residencies. Seven Bexar County independent school districts, are excited and very eager to implement the program in their schools in the 2016-17 season. In September, with your support we will start training 8 more teaching artists to meet the demand.
Suzanne Scott, Chairman of the Board for theArtsFund. “The Wolf Trap teaching method is aimed at teaching children science, math, social skills and other concepts, but in a way that is so much fun, they don’t even realize they are learning.”
Kelly McManus – Pre-K 4 San Antonio Southside Education Center teacher
“I have students who have an emotional bucket of rocks that they bring with them every day, and it makes it hard to learn. During the Wolf Trap lessons, I see them getting up to participate. They are smiling, they are talking, they are moving, and they are learning. I have seen their confidence grow. The fact that three of my toughest participated is miraculous.” “I’ve seen certain skills and the way the Wolf Trap artist does things that I will use in my classroom because it stretches my students in ways I had not thought about.”
If you would like to be a supporter of this great initiative, please consider one of the following little things YOU can do:
Be one of 100 people to give a $25 donation on May 3rd and collectively we will sponsor one teacher for an 8-week/16 session residency at one of our local schools.