Starting Friday 4pm, May 15, 2015 in Portland with Instructor, Judy Fricke!

Are you a Pre-K-4 teacher looking for recertification?  Do you want some inspiring and fun strategies for incorporating the arts in early learning? EDE 526: Early Childhood Learning Through Play may be just what you are looking for! 

Current research supports the understanding that children learn through play.  The importance of arts-based learning is emphasized to educators of young children and participants will learn how to integrate play and each of the art forms across the curriculum.  The course covers the foundations of creative thought, the creative arts, and creative teaching and assessment.

Designed for educators from pre-school through grade 4, this course will help early childhood educators to integrate children’s creativity, play, and the arts into their curriculum in a way that fosters learning and growth and meets accountability measures.  Course activities will enable educators to articulate the importance of creativity and arts-based learning to families, colleagues, and administrators.  The course can be taken for 3 Graduate or Undergraduate credits or for 4.5 Continuing Education Units (the equivalent of 45 contact hours, or one course).


The instructor, Judy S. Fricke, is a workshop facilitator and art education consultant in both early childhood music and emergent literacy.  Judy has taught music in large and small preschool settings as well as parent/child class settings over the past twenty years.  She is a teacher leader in the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative and she teaches graduate level courses for the New England Institute for Teacher Education.  

For more information, or to register, visit the website of the New England Institute for Teacher Education or call 207-367-5807.