My name is Meghan, and I’m a writer, artist, and teacher. This blog is about arts-integrated education, which is what I was doing for the 10 years before I had my gorgeous little one and decided to stay home for a while. Arts-integrated education is a little different than pure art education. Pure art education is a noble and worthwhile pursuit – oh that every school could have an art teacher, a music teacher, a dance teacher, and a drama teacher! But a lot of schools don’t, and a lot of kids go without any arts programming whatsoever, and a little creativity and expressiveness is better than none at all.
Kids learn better when their whole brain and body are engaged, when they are offered different modalities, when they are allowed some freedom to explore and figure things out. I know this, you know this, everyone who has any actual experience working with children knows this, though it often seems policy makers lack this basic understanding. So this blog contains some of my thoughts on how to cheat some real art (including visual art, music, dance, drama, cooking, and games) into your real curriculum. Everything good that I learned about arts integration I learned from working with the amazing teaching artists at http://www.leapnyc.org. Everything that falls short is entirely my own failing.
I genuinely want to make this as useful as possible, so PLEASE freely share your thoughts and critiques in the comments. Just keep it respectful. Thanks for visiting.