Performing Arts Tools I Try to Use When Creating A Lesson Plan for Young Children

1. Comedy.  (Theater)

2. Surprise. (Theater)

3. Props/visual aids - including unusual props as attention grabbers. (Theater)

4. Movement (Movement/Dance)

5. Auditory elements - Music, singing and storytelling. (Music and Theater)

6. Appeal to the imagination! Include moments when students pretend.


Use a number of different Performing Arts Tools in your lesson so that you have plenty of variety. Variety can help keep children (and adults) engaged.

Shape a lesson and the activities in it by using performing arts tools:

a. Dynamics–louder moments, quieter moments.

b. Dramatic pauses to create some anticipation.

c. Rhythm the timing and pacing. (Theater)

Are you planning a teacher training for Early Childhood Educators or Children's Librarians?  Contact Rachel to book her workshop on Performing Arts Tools to engage children!


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