Every child has a right to learn in an environment of inquiry – one that supports the freedom to take risks, problem solve, be playful, be creative, and build communication skills.
By observing and discussing art images that are both ambiguous and familiar, children can combine what they see with their own personal experiences to wonder and create new meanings, think critically, and use language to describe their discoveries; all flexible thinking skills needed for school readiness, to meet standards, and for success in the 21st Century.
Early Languages and Literacies through Art (ELLA)
is a professional development program that teaches teachers how to facilitate language- rich, open-ended discussions with pre-schoolers. ELLA meets standards, early childhood assessments, and school readiness requirements. It benefits both teachers and learners by offering them the skills needed for a long lasting, sustainable environment of inquiry that transfers across all disciplines and domains in the early childhood classroom.