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STEM, STEAM, Art, Drama, Meeting Standards – What Does It All Mean?

If you Google “STEM, STEAM, Art, Drama, Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics,” or any other educational “buzz” word, you’ll find varying definitions, explanations and opinions on the subject. You’ll also find educators commenting about whether or not activities and curriculum meet the standards they are trying to fill. Great educators can always find ways to make curriculum fit their needs, but what if they could cover multiple subjects with just one activity or exercise as well–with the Anytime Drama curriculum–they can!

Most people have heard of the term “STEM Education” (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and now the buzz centers around the term “STEAM” adding in the “A–Arts” to make the explanation more well-rounded and accurate. The truth is that STEM activities naturally involve the arts in the areas of: product design, verbal and written communication, and marketing.

What is important is that all students have confidence in multiple subjects and become well-rounded, quality-educated young people that use communication and expression to make informed decisions in our technically-focused world that will positively impact the global community as whole. If we equip children to be mindful in subjects like math and science as well as arts and humanities, then we can look forward to a very capable and creative future workforce of tomorrow.

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Back to School Fun with Anytime Drama

Back to school, back to fun–with Anytime Drama curriculum you can make the classroom fun AND educational at the same time!! Meet your standard requirements in multiple subjects and enjoy spending time with your students from preschool all the way through high school!

It really is that easy to cover requirements and have fun in the process, at Anytime Drama, we have created a program that “actively” teaches children as young as 18 months and as old as 18 years, how to use their imaginations, grow their creativity and expand their ideation capacities. Anytime Drama is proud to bring such a diverse and fun curriculum to educators all over the world and we hope you take some time to see what you think of the program too!

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Rain, Rain; Don’t Go Away!

Enjoy these FREE rainy day activities compliments of Anytime Drama!

 

Rainy Day Fun:

Pretend the raindrops are magic and each time a new drop hits you, you grow bigger and bigger until you are a giant. Walk like a giant, talk like a giant, shake hands with other giants.

Scatter around the area and become an animal from the Rain Forest.

o   Are you an Anteater, who eats ants and other insects?

o   Are you a blue Morpho Butterfly that eats fruit from the floor of the rainforest?

o   Are you a Green Anaconda Snake, who is an excellent swimmer?

o   Are you a Howler Monkey who uses their loud voice to let enemy monkeys know where they are?

Find more information about rainforest animals by visiting our friends at: http://www.activewild.com/rainforest-animals-list/

 

Snowy Day Fun:

Prints in the snow–create life-sized footprint stampers of wild animals, giants or friendly monsters using dollar store plungers and cut outs from recycled plastic, glued or strapped to the bottom. Let your students take turns stamping paths in the snow then let the whole class track and follow the footsteps.

 

Cloudy Day Fun:

Grab a pad of paper and a crayon and draw the pictures you see in the clouds. Do you see an elephant? A race car? An ice cream cone? Can you add the first letter of each of you pictures to the drawing?

 

Windy Day Fun:

You are a kite with a colorful tail (scarfs). What kind of kite are you? Are you shaped like an animal? What color of kite are you? Do you move quickly or slowly in the wind? Do you move straight or do you wiggle around in the wind? Where are you flying to?

You are on an island of friendly giants. When the giants breathe you can feel their breath on your face and blowing in your hair. Is the giant’s breath stinky? What do you think they had for lunch? Is the giant blowing softly or really, really hard?  Are they blowing so hard you might fall over? Can you run away from the giant’s breath or does it just follow you around?

Explore more fun with the outdoors using Anytime Drama’s “Weather” and “Seasons” themes by visiting:  http://www.anytimedrama.com/preschool-primary 

Anytime Drama is the “A” in STEAM!

 Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics AND…Art!! The “A” in STEM stands for  ART! Whether it means designing marketing strategies to sell a product you created or  adding artistic elements to the design and solution-finding processes, the “A” is what  takes STEM to the next level.

 STEAM develops a set of thinking, reasoning, teamwork and creative skills that  students can use in all areas of their lives. STEAM education is a way to intentionally  incorporate multiple subjects and skill sets across an existing curriculum.

 STEAM lessons for older students can be a bit different than STEAM lessons for younger  age groups, but as a general rule, STEAM lessons focus on real-world issues and  problems and address social, economic and environmental problems that are guided by  seeking, developing and creating solutions to those problems.

 STEAM lessons immerse students in hands-on inquiry and open-ended exploration.  They involve students in productive teamwork and can purposely connect and integrate  content from math and science courses so students can then begin to see that science  and math are not isolated subjects. The STEAM environment offers rich possibilities for  creative solutions.

If you’re looking for curriculum that provides real-world problems to solve, whether your students are preschoolers or high schoolers, it’s easy to teach just one Anytime Drama lesson and give them hands-on experiences that provide them with real-world, social and environmental problems that they have to work together to solve. The Anytime Drama curriculum provides improvisational experiences for children that focus on problem-solving solutions and working together as a team to solve them.

Anytime Drama is the “A” in STEAM. Adding in any math and science component to these lessons will bring up course objectives and make outcomes easily achievable as well.

Search our site and look at some curriculum examples to see how one exercise can help make a difference in your classroom today! 

Play-Based Learning, Active Learning–Why Didn’t You Just Say So?!!

If you work in education, you’ve probably read plenty of articles about the “Early Years Learning Framework” (EYLF) principles of early childhood pedagogy. Truthfully, I had to look up the word “pedagogy” and by definition it means, “the function or work of a teacher; teaching; the art or science of teaching; education; instructional methods.” Well then, WHY DIDN’T YOU JUST SAY SO?!?!

Here’s the deal, there are plenty of “scholarly articles” that use big words and talk about why play-based or active learning works in the classroom; especially in early childhood development. Here’s one for you that talks about the definition of “play” and how the brain develops and how you can incorporate play-based programs into your classroom.

While it’s always great to have scholars backing up what we know to be true with research and facts, let’s face it; we, as people who live and breathe and study and learn already understand from our own everyday experience that if we want to retain something we need to actively participate in it to know more about it.

Do people toss out instructions before they build things? Yes, they want to learn by doing. Did you learn more from your history lesson in grade school when your teacher made you wear a paper-plate curled up hat and made you “act” as Ben Franklin than you did when you had to just read it in a book or hear it in a lecture? Of course you did.

So let’s say it like it is we KNOW play-based or active learning works, for all people, on all levels so let’s do it!

Click here for the BEST play-based, active learning curriculumon the market which covers all ages, tells you what skill sets and subjects you’ll be teaching with each lesson. If you want to work on Social Sciences, Nature-Based Studies, Communication, Literacy, Math, Science, Movement, you name it, we do it! 

So say it like it is; Anytime Drama handles the gamut and will help all teachers with their “pedagogy” today!  

Testing, Requirements, Standards, Scores–Boring Curriculum, Stressful Outcomes–it’s Just Too Much!

Let’s get right down to it; teachers need curriculum that covers the gamut. Curriculum that SINGS, DANCES, SIZZLES and STICKS!  It’s hard to find something that covers skill sets and standards, improves scores AND is fun to teach and learn. Anytime Drama is one of the few curriculums that does it all from preschool through high school!

Those of us who have worked with children for years understand the benefits of active learning in the classroom. Right now, hundreds of educators in New York City are attending workshops for the musical, “Hamilton,” to learn how to incorporate active learning lessons in history, immigration and diversity into their classrooms.

At the same time, colleges all over the world are adding “active learning” classrooms into their schools. Arizona State, The University of Minnesota, Seattle Pacific University and McGill University are all among the top schools teaching students in active learning environments–and boy is it working!

According to Bina Vanmali, Instructional Specialist and Faculty at Arizona State University, “We know active learning really does improve a student’s understanding and retention of the material. (With active learning) they can recall it two or three years later, whereas, when they sit passively in the lecture hall, we’re lucky if they remember it for the final exam!”

She goes on to say, “It’s a different world that we’re stepping into and preparing our students for today and an active-learning environment is actually better because it supports them in moving towards that new world.”

From preschool to high school, we have always known that children retain better by actively participating, but professors and students now agree that using an active learning classroom will increase expectations, creativity, and engagement too! Instead of just memorizing concepts, active learning will teach students how to think. Adding the Anytime Drama curriculum into your classroom routine is an invaluable and inexpensive way to exceed classroom expectations; give it a try today!!

Earth Day Play!

With Earth Day around the corner, it’s time for you to join in on the fun!

The "Crabby Crawdad" is a delightful Environmental Performance Play designed for children from pre-K through second grade!

This 10-to-20 minute play can be used as an instructional piece or as a performance play for parents and grandparents to enjoy!

There is no memorization for the kids, but they will have lines as they repeat the narrator in this adorable play that teaches children moral lessons (don't judge others and help others in need) and environmental lessons (work together to keep our planet clean) as well!

The play does not require props or costumes but includes a full set of instructions and easy, inexpensive ideas on how to make the play into a great production for the children!

This play is available as a download for only $3.99. A download link will be provided to you via email once order verified and payment has been processed, it’s that easy!

Summer Camp – Sensational Camp!

Looking for a summer camp with appeal for both boys and girls, multiple age groups (ages 5-12), with music, art, drama and a performance day for parents?! Who wouldn’t be looking for one? This must-have, five-day camp is sure to make all children ROAR with excitement!

From pets, ocean, zoo, farm and extinct animals to animals that perform circus tricks, boys and girls alike will love participating in the daily imagination-focused improvisational exercises that are just as educational as they are fun. And, an easy-to-follow teacher guide will make this camp the one all teachers will go back to year-after-year.

You can make your center a standout from all the others by adding a summer camp like “Animals Galore!” to your camp curriculum.

Just go to summer camps to make a dramatic difference in children’s lives and make your camp the highlight of all summer camps for children, parents and teachers alike!

A New Study from the University of Chicago Proves that Simply Talking to Children About STEM Fields Can Boost Their Test Scores–Amazing!!

The findings, published Jan. 17, 2017 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show a 12 percentage-point increase on the math and science ACT for students whose parents were provided with information on how to effectively convey the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The same students also are likely to be more interested in pursuing STEM careers, including taking STEM classes in college and having a favorable impression of the fields.

The research by Christopher S. Rozek, a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Chicago, and colleagues at Northwestern University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Virginia provides new insights as policymakers in the United States look to increase the number of students going into the STEM fields. A strong pipeline of STEM graduates is seen as critical for economic growth and global competitiveness, with recent international tests ranking the United States 35th in math achievement and 27th in science achievement.

Anytime Drama knows first-hand how sparking children’s interests in STEAM subjects at a young age can help them develop skill sets that will increase their comprehension and understanding of the world. Check out how our curriculum can help your children here. To read more on the recent STEM study and other great articles, visit our friends at https://www.sciencedaily.com/

Anytime Drama Has Hit the 4 C's for Years!

There’s a lot of buzz around the “4 C’s of Learning” and at Anytime Drama; we’re not surprised. We’ve known for a long time that Communication, Collaboration, Creativity and Critical Thinking work hand-in-hand in a classroom environment for the betterment of all students when developing skills.

Active learning and all of these “21st century skills” needed
to succeed are skills we’ve recognized for years and we know many teachers have been using them for years also. It’s great that today’s mindset believes in, uses and studies these skill sets and we know the Anytime Drama curriculum can easily help any educators at any age group develop these skills and more!

With full “skill set indexes” and multiple activities that cover more than just the 4 C’s of Learning, just one “theme” of curriculum will have you hooked!

For more information about the 4 C’s of Learning you might be interested in hearing what Jeff Utecht – educator and consultant – has to say. Check out his latest story on The Thinking Stick. Just like Anytime Drama, Jeff and his colleges have been using the 4 C’s of Learning for years and guess what – it works!