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From Scribbles to Writing: Art is the First Language of a Beginning Reader and Writer

Monday, August 19, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

From Scribbles to Writing: Art is the First Language of a Beginning Reader and Writer

Presented by Ellen Booth Church, Early Childhood Author, Adjunct Professor and Keynote Speaker

Sponsored by Kaplan Early Learning Company


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Art is the “first language” of the beginning reader and writer. Children usually draw or paint before they write. They use what might seem like just scribbles, lines and blobs to represent things. But isn’t that what writing is all about?

Both art and writing are a process of symbol making and can be a means of communication. Children’s pictures are words to them and represent an essential step on the road to literacy. In this edWebinar we will:

  • Look at the ages and stages of writing from infants to kindergarten and explore the many ways to support children’s beginning writing and art skills
  • Explore the essential social and emotional aspects of art and writing expression while building an emotional vocabulary
  • Develop new ideas for process-based art activities for self-expression and story telling
  • Use poetry and the work of modern artists to inspire children’s art and writing
  • Build positive and supportive strategies for talking to children about their art
  • Define the current brain research that supports the importance of art as a tool for self-expression, language and writing

This edWebinar may be of interest to preK and kindergarten teachers. 

About the Presenter

Ellen Booth Church is currently an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University, an educational consultant, product developer and keynote speaker. She is the mentor for Kinderpillar Preschools in India and Nepal. In addition, Ellen has written a book on social-emotional development for Gryphon House titled Getting to the Heart of Learning: Social-Emotional Skills Across the Early Childhood Curriculum. Her newest book is Nurturing Next Generation Innovators: Open-Ended Activities to Support Global Thinking (Gryphon House). 



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Monday, August 19, 2019
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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