There’s an ART for that!

Interdisciplinary Thoughts:

What would it be like if schools took a hint from the Reggio approach?  Hailed as the best pre-schools in the world by Newsweek magazine in 1991, the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education has attracted the worldwide attention of educators, researchers and just about anyone interested in early childhood education best practices. Art relates to everything.  To quote one of my very favorite companies, Apple, who always claims “There’s an Ap for that!”... You know there is an ART for that, too!


Science: Yep, there’s an ART for that!

Math: Yep, there’s an ART for that!

Writing: Yep, there’s an ART for that!

Social Studies: Yep, there’s an ART for that!

Technology: Yep, there’s an ART for that!

What would learning look like if science, math, reading, language and social students weren’t compartmentalized and instead were connected to each other and the arts?  Results have shown: AMAZING!  But, why don’t any schools do it this way? Why can’t we get past the one hour of science, then move on to one hour of math?  Are public schools stuck in a rut they can’t get out of? Yep.

Jessica Balsley

Jessica Balsley is the Founder and President at AOE. She is passionate about helping art teachers enhance their lives and careers through relevant professional development.