Big Ideas and the Arts in the Classroom Essay

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The arts are included in the early learning standards in the domain of Cognitive Development and General Knowledge, and are a necessary and required component of quality early learning programs. Although the concept of “Big Ideas” per se has not filtered down yet to the field of early childhood education for all ages of children before the recognized, official, and standardized kindergarten learning programs implemented at age five, I expect that it will, and I am learning to plan lessons and activities according to this methodology (besides, the concept of applying “Big Ideas” is how I have been trained to plan during my last year of education courses here at FGCU, and it just makes sense to do it that way). As a Child …show more content…
The arts are included in the early learning standards in the domain of Cognitive Development and General Knowledge, and are a necessary and required component of quality early learning programs. Although the concept of “Big Ideas” per se has not filtered down yet to the field of early childhood education for all ages of children before the recognized, official, and standardized kindergarten learning programs implemented at age five, I expect that it will, and I am learning to plan lessons and activities according to this methodology (besides, the concept of applying “Big Ideas” is how I have been trained to plan during my last year of education courses here at FGCU, and it just makes sense to do it that way). As a Child Studies major who is currently interning in a VPK classroom, I will my focus my “Big Ideas and the Arts” perception on those areas of cognitive skills, learning, and development that are appropriate to this population. Big Idea 1 will address the cognitive and mathematical concept of patterns, which encompasses exploration and analysis, and implements music to develop students’ knowledge and comprehension of patterns. The brain is a pattern-seeking organ, and young children are especially responsive to musical activities and lessons (Geist, Geist, & Kuznik, 2012). Using a musical instrument such as a keyboard or resonator bells, a pattern of musical sounds is played several times while the class listens. Next, the class will be