Get to know Jennifer McAllister, an Arts for Learning client in Perry Meridian School District!
Q1. What are some reasons your school is involved with Arts for Learning?
- A1. We are involved with Arts for Learning because it gives us an opportunity to experience educational activities through the arts that we might not otherwise have the opportunity to be a part of. Our students have seen a wide variety of artists through the years, encompassing many styles of music, dance and storytelling. Watching children’s faces as they hear a story of a different time or place, or lose themselves in a musical style they have never heard is a delight!
Q2. In your opinion, what role do the arts play in childhood development?
- A2. The arts allow children to develop motor skills and encourage social interaction. Children are able to experience different cultures and learn about the history of different civilizations through the study of their art and music. Language development is stimulated through music exploration leading to improved academic success. Music makes kids smarter!!!
Q3. Can you explain STEAM learning?
- A3. STEAM learning incorporates math and science with the study of the Arts. I think this is a very valuable concept since a co-operative learning environment provides opportunities for all kinds of learners to work together.
Q4. What do you like to do in your downtime?
- A4. In my free time, I love to travel! I would love to visit every state and hope to catch the ones I have not visited in the next few years. I also love to listen to music, both live and recorded. I’m also somewhat of a computer nerd since I have had to learn to use and appreciate educational programs to create lesson plans and curriculum.
Q5. What’s on your bucket list?
- A5. One of the first things on my bucket list of places I want to visit is New Orleans. I would love to try the local cuisine and spend time exploring the rich history of jazz music in the area.
Thanks to Jenny for participating! Would you like to be the next guest blogger for Arts for Learning? Send an email to Megan to get started!