In Kindergarten and Grades 1 and 2, your child learns one or more of the arts: dance, drama, music and/or visual arts.
These are the four essential learning areas in arts education.
Your child’s teacher will assess students on the four essential learning areas described in WHAT MY CHILD IS LEARNING. On the report card, your child’s progress will be evaluated in these four essential learning areas as represented in the following four categories:
What resources are available for parents to help support their children’s learning in the arts?
At home :
At school :
In the community:
Where to Find Arts-Based Resources for Parents
Music, Books, Films
Art Galleries and Museums
Arts Based Camps
Book Resources for Parents
Jean Van't Hul. (2013). The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family's Life with Art & Creativity.
Carol Korn-Bursztyn. (2012). Young Children and the Arts.
Susan Wright. (2002). The Arts, young children, and learning.
Mona Brookes. (2002). Drawing with Children.
Fiona Watt. (2010). The Usborne complete book of art activities.
Linda Evans, Mary Thompson and Karen Backus. (2006). Art Projects from Around the World.
Susan Striker. (2001). Young at Art: Teaching Toddlers Self-Expression, Problem-Solving Skills, and an Appreciation for Art.
Susan Striker. (2001). The First Anti-Coloring Book: Creative Activities for Ages 6 and Up.
Jerry Storms. (1995). 101 Music Games for Children.
Genevieve Helsby. (2007). Those Amazing Musical Instruments! with CD: Your Guide to the Orchestra Through Sounds and Stories.
Sing Along Syms series.
Classical Kids CDs and DVDs.
Jo Boulton. (2004). The Teddy Bears' Picnic and Other Stories: Role Play in the Early Years Drama Activities for 3-7 year-olds.
Jo Boulton. (2004). The Toymaker's workshop and Other Tales: Role Play in the Early Years Drama Activities for 3-7 year-olds.
Paul Rooyackers. (1997). 101 Drama Games for Children.
Lisa Bany-Winters. (2012). On Stage: Theater Games and Activities for Kids.
Paul Rooyackers. (2003). 101 More Dance Games for Children.
Yes, all children from Kindergarten to Grade 8 receive some form of arts education in one or many of the following art subjects: dance, drama, music, visual arts. Manitoba Education recommends a minimum of 10% instructional time be allotted for Grades 1-4 arts education.
Do all four arts subject areas (dance, drama, music, and visual arts) need to be taught and reported?
No. Any one or more of the four arts education subjects may be taught to meet the arts education requirements. Schools have the flexibility to choose the number and combination of arts subjects appropriate to their local context, resources, needs, and the arts education implementation approach used in the school.
Curriculum frameworks for K-4 Dance, Drama, Music, and Visual Arts are available on the Arts Education website.
The arts are a vital part of every student’s education. They engage students’ bodies, minds, and spirits and provide new ways of seeing the world. Students have opportunities to be creative, explore ideas and feelings, use their imagination, think critically and work with others. Arts education helps students move toward becoming creative adults, enriching their own lives and the lives of their communities.