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INSIDE THIS ISSUE... Page 2-3 The Importance of the Arts - Continued Monitor D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 3 Page 4 Continuing Education Page 5 Winter Shows Page 6-7 Spotlight Kids Page 8-9 A Most Important Gift to Give Your Child Page 10-18 Classroom Updates Page 19 New Faces at MMS Page 20 M3S Spanish Page 21 History Alive at MMS! Page 22-23 Media Page 24-27 Art Page 28 Calendar QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER FROM MILLHOPPER MONTESSORI SCHOOL Today’s children will inherit the 21st century which will require skills that are best developed with a strong art education. The skills learned from the core subjects, such as language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies will continue to be emphasized with a strong focus on science, math, and technology. Abilities needed to be successful in the aforementioned include problem solving and critical thinking. Brain research supports that art education strengthens the skills needed to be successful in school and ready for the working world. Howard Gardner’s list of eight intelligences is inherent to all humans. These are: Spatial, bodily and kinesthetic, logical-mathematical, linguistic, musical, social interpersonal, self-awareness intrapersonal, and naturalistic. A well-rounded education should include opportunities to develop all eight intelligences to prepare students for life in the 21st century. The core subjects dovetail and overlap with humanities and the great works of mankind and are best delivered and understood in integrated themes. Art is the greatest collaborator within theme-based learning. Students develop leadership and cooperative decision making. Also acquired are communication and higher level thinking skills such as deductive reasoning and creative brainstorming abilities. When people initially think of art, they usually conjure up thoughts of paintings and sculptures. Given a little more time, music comes to mind as well as literature, poetry, dance and other performing arts. In theme-based learning, components of all these strands unite, not only for the artist-creator-performer but as well for those responding to works of art, becoming inspired and building their own creativity vicariously. Creativity is the expression of one’s impressions. Two things are needed. First children need many impressions, experiences and examples of art in which to internalize. Second, they need experiences in all the art forms. Art is a fundamental need of humans, along with food, shelter, health, clothing, defense, communication, and transportation. Art is also evident in every culture and civilization spanning the globe and throughout time. Now, with expanding technologies, the world is readily available. (Continued on pages 2-3)

Winter Newsletter 2013

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