I have been part of the Expressive Arts project, funded by the U.S.
Department of Education, since 1992 and our research has produced many
connections between the arts and early literacy. We work primarily with
early childhood teachers and families of children with disabilities to
advocate access to the general education curriculum and integrating
expressive arts. With the input from many teachers we have worked with,
we have produced "ArtExpress: A Curriculum for Young Children with
Disabilities." Information about the curriculum and two final reports of
our research can be found at <www.wiu.edu/thecenter>.
I read Betsy's message and she has included many very good resources
also. Many of the resources we used are probably also familiar to you
including: NAEYC at www.naeyc.org, AEP at http://aep-arts.org/
<http://aep-arts.org/CLTemphome.html>, and Melissa Enderlee's web site
on the arts and children with disabilities (can't remember it just now).
Betsy is SO right when she says that art is " the first language' of
Hope this helps. Regards.
Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood
Western Illinois University
> Judy, I would like to hear more about your research in the area of
> expressive arts links to early literacy. I am trying to do some
> research on reading in the content area and this would tie in nicely.
> With NCLB and as our budgets get slimmer, the arts get cut. I am
> looking for research that backs up the importance of the arts and what
> it does for our brains and how it carries over into skills in other
> areas. If you could point me to any research or articles to read I
> would appreciate it.