Here at Memorial Spaulding, we integrate the arts! This is a commitment we have made as a staff to support our vision of connection and engagement! Our Integrating the Arts committee works to create new and exciting curriculum that uses the arts (as you know: visual art, music, drama and movement) to help children access the common core curriculum.
NEWS! We have received a grant from Boston University and the Newton Schools Foundation to support this work! In Grade 4 we have worked to develop a unit integrating the arts with our Civil Rights Movement studies, in third grade, we authored our famous work with artist biography inquiry and research, in first grade, we have developed a year-long unit integrating the arts in our science curriculum with seasons and in second grade, we are using our integrating the arts work to access a deeper understanding with our global studies. This year, we will be piloting integrating the arts with math in kindergarten and writing in fifth grade!
A Little History
In the summer of 2013, five teachers and I were able to go to a conference and learn more about Integrating the Arts (a passion that I have and focused on in my masters degree as well). Since then, our Integrating the Arts committee has grown to have representatives from every grade level, grades K-5, along with representatives from each special area, along with an ELL representative and two special needs educators as well. In the school year of 2013-2014, we used each faculty meeting to teach teachers different strategies on how to integrate the arts including Visual Thinking strategies, soundscapes and more to create engaging curriculum for our eager learners.
For years we have had an opportunity to share this work we did with a focus on literacy with YOU in our Integrating the Arts Morning!
(click to see some resources for you to use at home too!).
Here is a film about our work:
and another film here
Did you know that a team of teachers present and share this work with our colleagues in education throughout Massachusetts? We have presented at Lesley University and the Annual Literacy and Arts conference for the Department of Education of Elementary and Secondary Education! We have a model approach we are proud of. 🙂
Ask your kids about their experiences with Integrating the Arts!