Fine Arts Standards for 3-Year-Olds
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Children use creativity to explore, discover, and make sense of the world around them. As outlined in the Utah State Standards, the study of drama, dance, music, and visual arts provide a venue for creativity to flourish. Fine Arts provide opportunities for children to explore realities, relationships, and ideas that cannot be learned or demonstrated simply in words or numbers.
Learning in Fine Arts is valuable for building curiosity and supporting children in expressing and communicating their ideas and experiences. Additionally, integrating the arts throughout the classroom supports children’s engagement in cooperative learning and constructing knowledge in all content areas:
- Visual arts instruction improves reading readiness.
- Musical experiences support understanding foundational mathematical concepts.
- Engaging in fine arts reduces children’s stress and increases their cognition, self-awareness, self-direction, social and cultural awareness, independence, language skills, physical and social-emotional development, and ability to make sense of the world around them.
Collaboration, creativity, and cultural awareness are essential skills and concepts for children to develop and explore in our global environment. Nurturing and integrating these skills and concepts provide the foundation for children’s lifelong educational success.
ADULTS SUPPORT LEARNING IN FINE ARTS WHEN THEY:
- an understanding of children’s preferences, interests, backgrounds, and culture to develop instruction and create an engaging learning environment.
- Encourage children to observe, interpret, and understand the expression of others.
- Provide opportunities for children to work collaboratively with others.
- Support children’s self-awareness by providing opportunities for children to display, perform, and discuss their creative works.
- Engage and follow the children’s lead in creative processes.
- Acknowledge children’s efforts and persistence in artistic expression.
Core Standards of the Course
Strand 1: DRAMA
Drama provides creative opportunities for children to portray a variety of events, characters, or stories through taking on different roles, interacting with props, and engaging in dramatic interactions. Children explore roles individually and collaboratively when acting out experiences and observing the dramatic expression of peers and teachers.
Standard FA 3 yr.1.1
With prompting and support, express ideas, information, and feelings through dramatic play.
Standard FA 3 yr.1.2
With prompting and support, attend to an adult telling stories or nursery rhymes and act out different parts.
Standard FA 3 yr.1.3
Imitate real-life or pretend roles in play.
Standard FA 3 yr.1.4
With prompting and support, begin to work independently and cooperatively in dramatic play.
Standard FA 3 yr.1.5
With prompting and support, attend to and show appreciation for the dramatization of others (for example, clap, high fives, “good job”).
Standard FA 3 yr.1.6
With prompting and support, participate in a scene or play with a beginning and end.
Strand 2: DANCE
Dance provides children the opportunity to use their bodies to move to music and express themselves through movement.
Standard FA 3 yr.2.1
Move in rhythm with the music.
Standard FA 3 yr.2.2
Move the body to express feelings and ideas.
Standard FA 3 yr.2.3
Demonstrate self-regulation through large motor balance, stability, and control in dance within a defined space.
Standard FA 3 yr.2.4
Find different ways to control movements of the body, arms, and legs to develop coordination and mobility.
Standard FA 3 yr.2.5
With prompting and support, begin to dance with others while respecting space boundaries and maintaining body control.
Strand 3: MUSIC
Music offers students the opportunity to learn songs, create music, develop self-expression, and build cultural understanding with self and others.
Standard FA 3 yr.3.1
With prompting and support, participate in listening to and singing simple songs and fingerplays.
Standard FA 3 yr.3.2
Explore and experiment with musical instruments.
Standard FA 3 yr.3.3
Show awareness and appreciation of different kinds of music.
Standard FA 3 yr.3.4
With prompting and support, express thoughts, feelings, and energy through music.
Standard FA 3 yr.3.5
With prompting and support, begin to explore folk songs and singing games from various cultures.
Standard FA 3 yr.3.6
With prompting and support, begin to identify favorite songs.
Strand 4: VISUAL ARTS
Visual arts provide sensory, expressive, and social opportunities through the use of various media and materials to create drawings, pictures, or 3D art.
Standard FA 3 yr.4.1
Show interest and create works of art using a variety of tools (crayons, markers, scissors, etc.) and materials (clay, leaves, cardboard, etc.).
Standard FA 3 yr.4.2
Recognize basic colors (for example, red, yellow, blue, orange, purple and green).
Standard FA 3 yr.4.3
With prompting and support, explore and identify physical characteristics of the environment including colors, textures, and light.
Standard FA 3 yr.4.4
With prompting and support, talk with peers and/or adults about the art they created.
Standard FA 3 yr.4.5
With prompting and support, select art objects to display, including paintings, photos of block design, sculptures, etc.
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