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Abigail Flesch Connors is an early-childhood music teacher, presenter, and author of Shake, Rattle and Roll: Music Activities for Active Learning.
Abby has presented many workshops for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and other educational organizations. She says, "Working with young children and their amazing creative minds is a joyous gift, a unique privilege, and an awesome responsibility. As teachers and caregivers we have the power to squash their creative energies or to inspire and encourage them to develop their individual creative gifts." Visit her Web site at AbbyConnors.com.
Abby discusses her passion for inventing games and songs to teach children about music and describes her music enrichment program for kids.
How to use the Naming Game to empower children and foster creativity.
Learning about children and creativity from Richard P. Feynman, one of the greatest physicists of our time.
Taking the “art spirit” Robert Henri wrote about in 1923 seriously and nourishing it with our caring encouragement.
Making the most of the remarkable words E. Paul Torrance, the Father of Creativity, wrote in 1983.
Children are constantly improvising in play, language, singing, playing instruments, dance and movement, and art.
When a child feels that her ideas are unappreciated, sooner or later she's going to stop sharing her ideas.
There's so much more to educating the creative mind than arts education.
How do I protect, nurture and nourish this growing creative mind?
The multitude of fabulous, free art materials hiding in plain sight.
Using respect to unlock children's creative potentials.
You’ve probably heard of the first rule of comedy improvisation: never say no.
Creative ideas don't always appear in ways we expect, but we can be ready for the unexpected.
Children are often exploding with creativity.
How to use puppets to stir imaginations, nurture creativity, and promote creative thinking in children.
10 Creative exercises for teachers of young children.
Young children are artists, buzzing with creativity, filled with wonder, curiosity, and fresh new ideas.
The value in recording the countless creative ideas and thoughts of children.
Rhythmic movement to music benefits young children's development across many domains.
This creative music and movement activity benefits children in many ways including: auditory memory, cognitive development, fine and gross motor skills, imagination and curiosity.
When children are encouraged to volunteer their ideas for improvising lyrics, playing instruments, and moving their bodies, they are building their confidence and creative thinking skills.
Abby Connors is an early-childhood music teacher and author of Shake, Rattle and Roll: Rhythm Instruments and More for Active Learning. ...