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Supporting Children's Creativity Through Music, Dance, Drama and Art

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There is a growing awareness in Early Years education that an essential part of children's development involves creative engagement through language, gestures, body movements, drawing and music; creating shared meanings in playful contexts. Supporting Children's Creativity through Music, Dance, Drama and Art brings together contributions from a range of professionals and early years practitioners, to help readers implement the themes of the Early Years Foundation Stage framework in a creative way. Emphasising the need for responsive adults and a creative atmosphere for learning, this book covers: How to promote a creative classroom effectively The importance of talking and listening in groups Working with community artists Music-making and story-telling in the classroom Practical resources and theoretical grounding Making use of the 'talking table' technique With practical case studies drawn from a range of contexts, this book highlights the contribution that creativity makes to children's learning and social development, illustrated through practical suggestions and feedback from tried and tested methods. Appealing to all with an interest in Early Years practice, this book demonstrates how practitioners can put excitement and inspiration back into the learning process, and guides them to encourage and support the creative capacities of young children.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements List of Contributors Introduction Fleur Griffiths 1. Welcome, Wonder and Magic: words on the fence of a Romanian Kindergarten Annabella Cant Making Time and Space: Dancing on the Decking: an observation Rose Davies 2. Listening More and Talking Less: nurturing children's creativity Kay Rooks 3. Enriched Environments: a dialogue with People, Places and Materials Fleur Griffiths in Conversation with Tracy Kirkbride Story-making 4. Creative Conversations: the Talking Table Fleur Griffiths 5. From Scribble to Story: making meaning from drawings Fleur Griffiths in conversation with Marysia Holubecki 6. Story-telling and Story-acting: putting the action into interaction Evi Typadi and Karen Hayon Photographic intermezzo (Plate Section) Chris Holmes Music- making: Music round a Cloth Stephanie Brandon 7. Musical Movers: Creative ideas for using Movement with young children Angela Foley 8. Children Making their own Music Ken Patterson 9. Reflection Fleur Griffiths in conversation with Rose Davies 10. Conversation and the Creative Self: Making Sense of Research Marion Farmer Reading and Resources Index

About the Author

Fleur Griffiths is a retired nursery teacher/ educational psychologist/ senior lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at Sunderland University. In retirement she has worked on a contract basis as an educational consultant in Foundation Stage settings in local authorities. She has also contributed to the delivery of CPD training for teachers in Hartlepool.


'Very inspirational.' - Speech and Language Therapy in Practice 'This text will relight the spark in those thinking about children's learning through creativity, whether in music, dance, drama or art, with real-life accounts from practitioners, practical suggestions and case studies.' - Nursery World

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