Professional Development WorkshopsWolf Trap Institute offers a program of participatory professional development workshops that can be organized at schools anywhere in the world.

Call 703.255.1933 or 1.800.404.8461 or email for additional information or to schedule a Workshop.

Workshop Descriptions

Choose among a variety of expertly developed workshops centered around multidisciplinary arts, drama, puppetry, music, dance, and infants and toddlers.


Multidisciplinary Arts Workshops

ARTFUL ENGINEERING: Exploring Simple Machines Through Drama, Movement, and Music
Jeanne Wall, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist ▲Early STEM/Arts

Explore Engineering’s methodology to problem solving, while learning about simple machines with arts integrated lesson plans. Through drama, puppetry, music and creative movement, we will learn how simple machines make our work easier by moving objects, lifting heavy loads and building solutions to problems. After learning about wheel and axle, inclined plane, pulley and lever, children can be challenged to use this knowledge for creative problem solving using Engineering’s six steps. This can be accomplished using the arts, while connecting to literature, curriculum goal and standards, and thematic topics.
Goal: The goal of this workshop is to help teachers use the arts skillfully to create age appropriate, engaging, STEM experiences that foster creative thinking and problem solving and a love of STEM learning.

EXTENDING THE STORY: Integrating the Performing Arts and Learning
Jeanne Wall, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist

Open up a young child’s imagination and learning skills using performing arts strategies. Learn how to use drama, creative movement, puppetry, and music techniques to prepare early learners to experience a new book and help them gain greater comprehension of literature by extending the story. Using children’s literature as a source of inspiration, you will learn how to develop strategies to integrate the performing arts into learning about their world, natural science and math while fostering emergent literacy skills, positive social behavior, and conflict management. Includes handout.
Goal: Early childhood educators will be able to develop lesson plans that integrate the performing arts into classroom curriculum in order to enhance comprehension and emergent literacy skills, foster positive social behavior and critical thinking skills.

KEEP IT MOVING: Using the Arts and Personal Touches for Transitions and Smart Classroom Management
Paige Hernandez, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist

Explore creative ways to facilitate transitions, establish routines and refine daily practices using arts strategies that include dance, poetry, hip hop and sign language! Keep your class orderly and establish an exciting classroom learning environment. Participate in and analyze a lesson with step by step examination of structure, transitions and easy solutions for common class challenges. Participants will create and enhance strategies with their own personal flair, culture and expertise! Keep your class under control and keep it moving!
To identify and develop effective classroom management tools and transition techniques using active arts-enhanced strategies. Participants will gain understanding of basic dance and music skills that lend themselves to promote and enhance children’s literacy skills including expressive and receptive language and movement skills.

Jeanne Wall, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist ▲Early STEM/Arts

Drama, creative movement, puppetry, and music are engaging tools for the exploration of Physical Science, Earth Science, and Life Science, the three main areas of preschool Science education. We will explore magnets, unique environments, what living things need to survive, and principles of engineering. We will use the arts to expand a child’s knowledge of the world while developing skills that promote approaches to learning, observation skills, descriptive skills, and problem solving. The arts actively broaden scientific comprehension in both science content and science practices. Includes handout.
Goal: Educators will be able to create developmentally appropriate arts integrated learning experiences that incorporate performing arts strategies with preschool curriculum standards designed to introduce scientific discovery.


ACTING IT OUT: Problem Solving Through Interactive Drama
Steve Elm, New York City Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist

Expand your children’s knowledge and understanding by exploring their natural gift of imagination. Under the guise of pretend, discover ways to engage children in problem solving experiences in an enjoyable and non-threatening manner. This workshop will explore how various drama strategies can be used to create dramas in the classroom to foster children’s emergent literacy, verbalization and critical thinking skills. Participants will be provided with practical knowledge of and experience in interactive drama. Includes handout.
Goal: To assist participants in learning to facilitate one or more drama strategies that promote children’s ability to problem solve and foster children’s emergent literacy skills.

COUNT ME IN! Teacher-In-Role Strategies for STEM Exploration
Christina Farrell, Western Pennsylvania Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist ▲Early STEM/Arts

Discover how to take a more active role in the dramatic play scenarios in your early childhood classroom! During this highly interactive workshop, participants will learn how to tap young children’s love of imaginative play to spark meaningful explorations of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) topics by using teacher-in-role techniques. Practitioners will identify simple strategies for assuming dramatic play roles, adapting informational texts into dramatic scenarios and asking rich, open-ended questions that will empower children to actively apply critical thinking skills and evaluate their learning.
Goal: To provide participants with techniques and strategies for facilitating interactive dramatic play experiences to reinforce emergent STEM skills and foster development in key learning domains in early childhood.

MATH DETECTIVES – WHERE’S THE MATH? Discovering the Math Hidden in Books
Katherine Lyons, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist ▲Early STEM/Arts

Is Math a Mystery to you? Do you find yourself clueless? Numbers and Number Sense, Geometry, Measurement, Graphing, Algebra; math is everywhere if you know how to find it! Let’s look at children’s literature. Discover the Math already there, hidden in books you love. Old books, new books, we’ll learn to look at books in a different way, uncovering the natural math concepts embedded in the story experience.
Goal: To uncover the Math hidden in books and create active, arts-based experiences that support curriculum standards and engage children in creating and performing as a means of developing math skills.

MOVIES, MUSIC, AND MATH: Creating Memorable Math Experiences
Michele Valeri, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist ▲Early STEM/Arts

“Camera’s rolling! We have sound…and action!” You’re the director and the children are learning math concepts like patterns, shapes, and comparative sizes through guided play as performers in a make-believe movie. The participants will learn how to use guided play in the classroom, specifically imaginary travel, story-can theatre, ‘making-a-movie,’ and simple song/chant writing, to engage the children in interactive learning of basic math concepts. Includes handout.
Goal: To learn and practice the performing arts strategies of story-can theatre, ‘making-a-movie,’ and songwriting that can be integrated with the math concepts of patterns, shapes, and comparative sizes; to provide the participants with confidence in using these strategies to make them effective teaching tools aligned with the curriculum content and standards.

THE STORY IN QUESTION: Storytelling and Child-Directed Techniques
Steve Elm, New York City Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist

Involve your children in the drama of storytelling! Explore child-directed learning through the use of open-ended questioning and storytelling. You will develop interactive strategies for learning, expanding, and adapting stories more effectively through increased knowledge and understanding of child-directed versus teacher-directed learning as well as open-ended and directed open-ended questioning. Increase your storytelling skills by identifying points of participation for children to become co-creators of the story as it unfolds. Collaboration provides an exciting and deeply child-directed learning experience during which such skills as verbalization, language acquisition, rhythm, visualization, imagination, and problem-solving are developed. Participants will be provided with practical knowledge of and experience in interactive storytelling. Includes handout.
Goal: To assist participants in learning to develop interactive storytelling strategies that will promote emergent literacy, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.

WAKE UP YOUR WISHES: Introduction To Wolf Trap Drama
Michele Valeri or Valerie Bayne Carroll, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artists

In this highly interactive workshop, explore practical and creative drama strategies including coffee can theatre, role play, imaginary travel and story dramatization. Actively involving preschoolers in storytelling and dramatization will increase developmental skills in the areas of sequencing, language and vocabulary building, following directions, collaborative problem solving, listening, and social/self-confidence skills. These approaches have been developed and perfected by Wolf Trap Teaching Artists since 1981 and are designed to build emergent literacy skills by bringing stories to life for preschool children in early childhood settings. Includes handout.
Goal: To introduce a variety of performing arts strategies for storytelling and dramatization that can be integrated into the early childhood classroom to increase emergent literacy skills.


Ingrid Crepeau, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist

Puppet play generates interest and excitement about books! Puppet play reaches all of the learning styles: auditory, visual, and kinesthetic and has been found to play a role in helping children with Special Needs access the curriculum. Young children learn best with repetition and both reading a book and acting it out with puppets provides that repetition in an engaging way. Gain a deeper understanding of the benefits of using books to create puppet lessons in the early childhood classroom to promote literacy and language development. Learn which elements aid book selection. Participants will increase their knowledge of simple puppetry skills, explore ideas for using books to create puppet lessons, and learn methods for making and using simple puppet stages. Includes handout.
Goal: To expand the use of books to create puppet lesson opportunities in the early childhood classroom that will promote language emergent literacy skills.

IMAGINE THAT! Creative Problem Solving through Engineering and Puppetry
Penny Russell, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist

Discover how the connections between the engineering method and puppetry can enhance your teaching and empower children’s creative problem solving skills and habits of mind! Your classroom will come alive as you employ simple puppetry strategies to create curriculum-based environments from self to family to community and beyond!
Goal: Educators will learn to enhance curriculum through project-based experiences using drama, music and puppetry. The engineering method will serve as our guide as we problem-solve our way through the school year.

LET YOUR VOICES BE HEARD: Using Puppets To Bring Stories To Life
Kathleen Lynam, Nashville Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist

"Once upon a time…" Every child loves the beginning of a new story. Using puppets to tell a story creates an enhanced sensory experience in which the story actually comes to life before a child's eyes. The character's voices, movement and engaging visual presence will capture the attention of even the most demanding child. We all have many voices within ourselves. Let your voices be heard as you use puppetry to bring books to life! This workshop will help you develop skills needed to become a puppeteer and storyteller and capture a child's imagination in the creative world of enchantment. Emphasis on vocal expression will be an asset in the classroom, whether used in conjunction with puppets or simply when reading aloud. Includes handout.
Goal: To assist participants discover and develop their voices to promote emergent literacy and listening skills through the effective use of puppetry in the classroom.

Kathleen Lynam, Nashville Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist▲Early STEM/Arts

Many nursery rhymes provide learning opportunities to actively engage children in mathematical explorations. This workshop will focus on traditional rhymes with connections to math concepts such as: Number and Operations, Geometry, Measurement, Data Analysis and Probability, Algebra, and Math Process. A sock puppet based on a character from the nursery rhyme, “Hey Diddle, Diddle, the Cat and the Fiddle” will be made by each participant. This puppet will be used enhance students’ mathematical development.
Goal: To increase mathematical understanding through developmentally appropriate arts-based learning experiences.

Kathleen Lynam, Nashville Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist

Mother Goose nursery rhymes come alive and serve as learning catalysts as they are explored through puppetry, song, movement, dramatic play, and props. Nursery rhymes provide easy and developmentally appropriate connections to curriculum strands and outcomes, emergent literacy skills, such as recall and sequencing, rhyming, phonemic awareness, making predictions, as well as extending other developmental domains such as cognitive, social/emotional, and motor skills. Includes handout.
Goal: To enhance the development of children’s imagination and representational thought and to explore simple puppet making skills and techniques that can be easily used in the classroom.

PUPPET POWER: Effective Techniques For Using Puppets In The Classroom
Joe Pipik, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist

Puppets have the power to pique children’s curiosity, focus attention and foster enthusiasm for learning.  Explore the interaction of teachers, children and puppets and learn specific techniques to simplify their use in the classroom. Discover how to use puppets to introduce new curriculum and concepts, support verbalization and language acquisition and developing social/emotional topics. Includes handout and puppet.
Goal: To explore the use of simple but effective puppets to enhance early childhood developmental domains and encourage enthusiasm for learning in the classroom.

A ZOOM IN THE ROOM: Using Puppetry to Reach and Teach the Highly Active Child
Kathleen Lynam, Nashville Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist

Identify creative ways to use the arts to engage highly active students. Explore ideas for smooth transitions, learning experiences, and techniques to highlight and encourage appropriate behavior. Learn how to be pro-active in designing and implementing strategies to achieve these goals. Participants will make an “OH NO” puppet for use in their classrooms.Includes handout.
Goal: To acknowledge the over active child in every classroom and to provide educators with the tools to develop arts infused strategies for their success.


AGOO AMEE: Engaging Young Children In Call And Response Experiences
Kofi Dennis, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist

Call and Response: It’s More Than You Think! Call and response corresponds to the pattern in human communication and is found in many traditions. In West African cultures, call and response is a pervasive pattern of democratic participation in public gatherings as well as in vocal and instrumental musical expression. In music, a call and response is a succession of two distinct phrases usually played by different musicians, where the second phrase is heard as a direct commentary on or response to the first. This workshop will offer early childhood educators an opportunity to look at how call and response experiences enhance emergent literacy, language concepts and foster skills such as memory, concentration, listening, math concepts, patterning, sequence and symmetry. Includes handout.
Goal: To enable participants to use carefully selected call and response techniques and experiences to engage children and enhance their emergent literacy and language concepts and other developmental skills.

“AHA!” READING: Developing Artful Strategies to Create Prior Knowledge
Sue Trainor, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist

Explore and create multi-sensory music strategies designed to develop children’s prior knowledge about story vocabulary, characters, setting, problem/solution. Children will experience the “aha!” feeling—a deeper understanding of and connection with story content as they apply their knowledge to new learning. Includes handout.
Goal: Participants will develop an arts-integrated, multi-sensory strategy for young children designed to create prior knowledge about a key idea and supporting details in a story, in order to support Common Core and other literacy learning standards.

Sue Trainor, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist

How you present a song or a chant is as important as which song is chosen for use with young children. In this workshop, participants will a) identify and explore important variables to be considered when preparing to use music with children in different ages/stages, and b) create an original song/chant strategy that manipulates those variables to meet a classroom objective in a developmentally appropriate way. Includes handout.
Goal: To enhance participant's ability to create a developmentally appropriate song and chant strategy that will meet an identified classroom objective.

DID YOU HEAR THAT? Learning to Listen through Sound Play, Soundscapes, and Stories
Mary Gresock, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist ▲Early STEM/Arts

What was that sound? Creative sound exploration can become an effective way to strengthen critical listening skills, concentration, and self-regulation with young children. Engage in sound games and experiment with playful creations in sound science designed to motivate little ears to open up, listen, and learn. Practice habits of mind through the discovery process, language and literacy skills, and identify the shared common vocabulary of music, math and science. Includes handout.
Goal: To assist participants in developing strategies that promote critical listening and focus skills and practice the scientific method though creative, child-centered sound exploration.

FOOD 'N FUN: Laugh And Sing Your Way To Better Nutrition Habits
Gary Lapow, California Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist

Encourage children’s healthy eating and exercise habits. Learn to create developmentally appropriate songs and dramatic activities to encourage health oriented concepts. Find new ways to capture your children’s understanding and plant the seeds for good practices. Participants will work in small groups to develop songs and experiences that can be taken back to the classroom and will expand the use of music and drama to support children’s language, kinesthetic, and literacy skills. Includes handout and recording.
Goal: To enhance participant’s confidence and ability to create their own songs and activities that reflect health oriented curriculum goals.

GREAT MUSICAL ADAPTATIONS! Songs For Memorable Teaching And Smooth Transitions
Sue Trainor, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist

Music is a powerful presence in all our lives. We tend to think that the experience of music is our goal. Music also can be used as a tool to accomplish other goals. In this workshop, participants will identify areas where musical tools can enhance their classrooms and learn how to create and use music strategies to support identified objectives. Participants will gain an understanding of how beat, melody, and lyrics create focus, improve motivation, affect mood, and foster emergent literacy skills. Singing for the confidence-impaired and "best practice" principles for leading music will be addressed. Includes handout.
Goal: Participants will explore strategies for using music as a tool for teaching and classroom management in preschool settings.

Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artists▲Early STEM/Arts

Celebrate the wonder of the natural world around us and encourage the protection of wildlife and habitat through the use of music, creative drama and movement. Explore our connection to the families of plants and animals while sharing ideas and choices children can make to become environmental caregivers while enhancing numerous curriculum goals such as cognition and identification, listening and verbalization, and motor skills. Includes handout and recording.
Goal: To become familiar with songs of nature that facilitates and encourages responsible environmental habits in young children.

Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artists

This five session course, developed for teachers and providers with little or no musical background, will assist participants to become familiar with the various ways songs can enhance the content and themes of children’s books. Over the course of the five sessions participants will take part in individual, large and small group work designed to provide opportunities to help teachers develop and practice music and song techniques that foster emergent literacy skills and support curriculum themes. Includes handout.
Goal: To help participants become familiar and comfortable with various ways to use music, movement and drama to enhance curriculum goals and bring the content and themes of children’s books to life.
(*Also available for half-day workshop)

LOOKING FOR MUSICAL CLUES: Uncovering the Hidden Music in Favorite Stories
Christina Farrell, Western Pennsylvania Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist

Uncover the hidden music in favorite stories! During this workshop, participants will identify arts strategies for adapting a book text to include musical elements and practice simple techniques for using rhythm and melody to engage young children in storytelling. Participants will create a child-led musical experience based on favorite fairy tales.
Goal: To provide participants with arts techniques and strategies for facilitating interactive musical storytelling to reinforce emergent literacy skills and foster development in key learning domains in early childhood.

Sue Trainor, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist

In this hands-on workshop, participants will gain an understanding of how to adapt strategies for songs and singing games to address various physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities. Principles of Universal Design will be discussed as they relate to planning music experiences for children. Participants will have the opportunity to develop creative new strategies for "music time" that accommodate a range of special needs and address variations in learning styles. Includes handout.
Goal: To gain an understanding of how to adapt strategies for songs and singing games in order to address various physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities.

Michele Valeri, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist

MUSIC! Music is fun and fundamental to all children. Music develops listening skills, invites intuitive responses and helps children remember. Explore how songs, simple instruments and sound effects can be used to reinforce curriculum topics, enhance creative play and imagination, enliven emergent literacy activities, and foster positive transitions during their day. Learn and share songs appropriate for early childhood classrooms, explore strategies for integrating songs and sound effects into the daily schedule, and increase your knowledge of how to create experiences that use songs and sound effects to structure and guide imaginative play and to stimulate the creative experience of pretending. Includes handout and recording.
Goal: To increase the use of music integration as an approach to learning and enjoyment in the early childhood classroom setting.

Gary Lapow, California Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist

You have observed how a song can capture the imagination and attention of young children. Create songs that will have children joyfully and enthusiastically engaged in active learning. Songs for children can support emergent literacy and language skills, social/emotional skills and improve short and long term memory. Adding movement to songs will add a kinesthetic dimension to the verbal and melodic experience.
Participants will analyze the structure of songs they already use in their classrooms and use these same song forms to create simple, developmentally appropriate new songs. Pocket songs, rap, and call and response will be examined and demonstrated. You will leave with several songs ready to use the next school day - even if you've never done it before! Includes handout.
Goal: To gain confidence in creating songs that will enhance children’s learning and support curriculum goals.

WILD ABOUT WORDS! Expanding Vocabulary through the Performing Arts
Presented by Mary Gresock, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist

Explore a treasure of performing arts strategies designed to teach new vocabulary and empower children to communicate with confidence and clarity. Learn how to bring new descriptive, sensory, and action-packed vocabulary words to life through engaging experiences that link chants, poems, and stories to music, movement, and drama. Discover how your children can become motivated and excited about learning and building new vocabulary, a literacy skill so critical to their academic success.


Krissie Marty, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist

Creative movement is a way to engage the child’s whole self – body, mind and spirit - in learning. Turn your classroom day into a dancing day! Explore ways for children to learn with their bodies by engaging the imagination and encouraging individual expression and exploration. Connect dance experiences to daily classroom learning by developing dance experiences that can provide opportunities for peer learning, observation and reflection. Identify language for creative movement and strategies for using it in the early childhood classroom. Creative movement can include stretching, bending, crawling, rolling, jumping, running, skipping, turning and much more. Includes handout.
Goal: To increase the use of dance and creative movement in the early childhood classroom as an approach to learning.

Laura Schandelmeier, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist

Assessment fun? You bet! Learn arts based strategies that will delight both you and your children while easily and efficiently fulfilling your assessment needs without negating curriculum requirements. Gain practical tools, developmentally appropriate for the early childhood classroom, to determine children’s skills and knowledge base through movement, drama, and music. Turn classroom transitions, circle time, story time, and any time into an opportunity for assessment. Through this workshop you will develop your own arts based assessment experience and expand the healthful, movement filled, imaginative, and musical environment in your classroom. Includes handout.
Goal: To help early childhood educators fulfill their assessment requirements accurately and efficiently through developmentally appropriate, child centered/directed arts based experiences.

Rachel Knudson, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist

Children move naturally. When their movement becomes consciously structured and is performed with awareness, it becomes dance. Learn how dance/movement experiences help children develop an awareness of their body in space and provide opportunities to develop strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. Dance/movement experiences give children the ability to kinesthetically organize and experience thoughts, feelings, concepts and memories. Participants will create experiences that can be used immediately in their classrooms to facilitate opportunities for social interaction, cooperation, self regulation and emotional well-being. Includes handout.
Goal: To expand participants’ use of dance/ movement experiences in early childhood classroom learning.

CRUISING THE CARIBBEAN AND BEYOND: Gateways To Teaching Cultural Experiences
Terlene D. Terry-Todd, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist

Join Terlene on a trip to the sunny West Indies, a journey full of songs, dances and stories. Participants take an imaginary voyage to the seashore and a Caribbean market place while exploring props and costumes which bring songs and dances from the Caribbean to life. Whether used as part of a multicultural unit or to reinforce gross motor, counting, sequencing, verbal or other skills, the experiences presented in this workshop fit beautifully into the early childhood curriculum. This workshop provides participants with examples of strategies and techniques that could be adapted to explore other cultural content. Includes handout and recording.
Goal: To explore how to incorporate a multi-sensory approach to explore a rich cultural experience designed to foster social interaction and creative play skills in young children.

Amanda Layton, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist▲Early STEM/Arts

How can dance promote the natural scientist in all children? Dancers use many of the same skills to explore their world as scientists, developing skills in observing, classifying, predicting, experimenting and communicating. By connecting the creative and kinesthetic sides of children to the analytical, we help children develop a deeper understanding of the world around them. This workshop will help you discover ways to engage children, asking them to look at their world through the eyes of a scientist and a dancer. They aren't as different as you may think! Includes handout.
Goal: Discover how the natural connections between dance, movement, and science can empower children to learn and understand the scientific process of observing, classifying, predicting, exploring, and communicating—foundational skills for all learning.

MATH IN MOTION: Using Creative Movement To Explore Math Fundamentals!
Rachel Knudson, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist▲Early STEM/Arts

Movement is the first language of children; it is how they first explore their environment, it is what they do naturally. Through creative movement and dance, children can develop the thinking skills and concepts used in preschool early math learning curriculum such as: number sense, classification, geometry, measurement and mathematical reasoning. Participants will explore how kinesthetic experiences can enhance math and movement skills as well as support literacy development, social interaction and self-regulation. Includes handout.
Goal: To expand participants’ use of dance/movement experiences to explore math fundamentals and math concepts which are part of the early child curriculum.

STORY BOXES: Looking Beyond the Book, Thinking Inside the Box
Amanda Layton, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist

Discover how story boxes facilitate a range of early childhood developmental domains and enhance children’s learning in the classroom while utilizing a variety of learning styles and intelligences. Learn how creating a box full of found objects and a little imagination can provide dance, theatrical, and creative experiences. In this workshop educators explore tools to enrich and extend children’s literature using a form of Wolf Trap Coffee Can Theater to ignite a way of thinking that will allow the teacher to see the book beyond the page and bring it to life with creative arts experiences. Includes handout.
Goal: To enhance children’s literature by creating sensory experiences in the classroom through the use of creative containers, engaging manipulative objects and music.

TAKING CHANCES MAKING DANCES: Strategies For Emergent Literacy Through Stories And Movement
Laura Schandelmeier, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist

Dance your way through any book! Through fun, interactive strategies (like the magic dance box) this workshop will help you facilitate child-directed, movement-based experiences to tell a story. Engage your children in increased physical activity while honing emergent literacy skills including sequencing, patterning, syllabication, and prosody. Learn simple strategies such as how to generate a dance phrase using movements created by your children and how to facilitate self-regulation through a movement exploration based on the main character of a book! Learn how to unfold a story over several lessons, generating excitement for literature and opportunities for children to make predictions through a rigorous and developmentally appropriate process. In this workshop you will explore and create experiences that can be used immediately in your classroom. Includes handout.
Goal: To offer teachers movement-based strategies that aid in the development of emergent literacy skills and easily increase the amount of moderate to vigorous activity in the early childhood classroom.

Infants and Toddlers

AND THE BEAT GOES ON: Keeping The Beat With 0-3s
Cynthia Elek, Arizona Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist

Explore the most basic of musical elements – beat. Learn about the importance of steady beat and discover how to design and lead music based experiences for infants and toddlers, using voice, instruments, books and props in a wide range of aural, oral and motor activities. Participants will also learn why steady beat is a vital emergent literacy skill and why music for young children is an important way to stimulate vocalization and vocabulary, as well as build active listening and responding skills. Includes handout.
Goal: Teachers who attend this workshop will learn about the importance of steady beat as they discover how to design and lead music based experiences for infants and toddlers, using voice, instruments, books and props.

BABY ARTSPLAY!™:Music With Infants And Toddlers
Valerie Bayne Carroll, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist

Learn how songs and other musical experiences can be woven into your infant and toddler daily schedule to foster learning and support skill development. Participants will actively engage in quality, developmentally appropriate music, songs, and movement experiences designed for infants and toddlers. Includes handout.
Goal: To expand participant’s use of singing voice and body movement with infants and toddlers to foster and support early childhood developmental domains including language, cognitive, social, emotional and physical.

Presented by two of the following DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Teaching Artists:
Valerie Bayne Carroll, Kofi Dennis, Yvette Holt, Krissie Marty, Sue Trainor, Maria Tripodi, and Sylvia Zwi

Developed by Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts for Little Voices For Healthy Choices, A National Initiative for Early Head Start (EHS) and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start (MSHS) Administered by The Early Head Start National Resource Center (EHS NRC) at Zero to Three

The naturally stimulating combination of music and movement experiences impacts healthy physical, emotional, social, cognitive, and language development skills in infants and toddlers. Wolf Trap Teaching Artists will present dynamic, creative, developmentally appropriate movement and music experiences to be used in the home, day care and classroom setting. Participants in this highly interactive workshop will learn and practice arts based content that can be infused into the daily routine, providing many long term benefits to infant/toddler growth and development. Includes handout.
Goal:Participants will learn about the inherent connection that music and movement have in infant and toddler development and explore opportunities to apply these sensory experiences in the everyday routines of the classroom and home settings.

Katherine Lyons, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist

This highly interactive workshop teaches how the use of props, movement, music, and drama can bring toddler stories to life, reinforce concepts and literacy development, and foster in young children a love of books that will last a lifetime! Participants will be introduced to a variety of books for infants and toddlers and learn how they can be enhanced with music, movement, gestures, chants, props, using all the senses. They will practice using new and familiar books in creative ways. Includes handout.
Goal: To create hands-on, multi-sensory “story experiences” for the children.

Valerie Bayne Carroll, DC/MD/VA Master Teaching Artist

In this workshop, participants will learn how to link stories with music and movement. Explore the beat and rhythm of language from books through chanting, call-and-response and rhythm instruments. Employ props and hand gestures to bring illustrations to life. Engage very young children through sight, sound, touch and movement to make literature a multi-sensory experience! Includes handout.
Goal: Participants will learn how to connect books and literature with music experiences that will facilitate children’s understanding, recollection and enjoyment of stories and enhance language, motor, social, and cognitive skill development.

Ingrid Crepeau, DC/MD/VA Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist

Puppets have a captivating presence that can help teachers and caregivers throughout the day. This hands on workshop gives simple performance techniques for bringing puppets and stuffed animals to life, with hands on opportunities to practice. The artist will demonstrate and discuss many ideas for using puppets with infants and toddlers including, how to use puppets for transitions such as nap time, lunchtime and even diaper time. The workshop will conclude with age appropriate puppets shows. Includes handout.
Goal: To increase the use of puppets in infant/toddler classrooms.

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