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Joyfully jump into June with..

Early Arts Learning

Professional Development Workshops for

Early Childhood Educators and Teaching Artists

Arts integration  unlocks joyful, active learning for our youngest keiki. Singing, dancing, role-playing, and storytelling help children develop foundational skills in math, science, and literacy.


Hawai`i Wolf Trap, a Hawai`i Arts Alliance program, is happy to invite educators and teaching artists’ participation in four workshops that will provide hands-on ways to incorporate the arts into daily teaching practices.


These virtual workshops are scheduled on June 2-5, 2021, 9-10:30 am HST. Presented by four exceptional Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artists, participants will learn arts techniques to achieve goals in specific areas, such as literacy and language development, science, math, problem-solving, and more.


Cost: Registration Fee for each workshop is $30.00. Enrollment is limited to 30 participants per workshop. There is a special registration fee of $100 when a participant registers for all four workshops. This special fee is available until Friday May 28.

Registration fees are nonrefundable.

Credits & Certificates of Participation

Hawai`i Arts Alliance is partnering with Hawai`i Association of Independent Schools [HAIS] to provide a certificate for

1.5 DHS credit hours upon completion of each workshop. 


Hawai`i Wolf Trap/Hawai`i Arts Alliance will also provide a Certificate of Participation upon completion of each workshop.

Workshop Descriptions & Schedule

Enrollment is limited to 30 participants per workshop.

YAY! Please register me in all (4) four workshops

for the special fee of $100.


June 2, Wednesday

9-10:30 am HST


MATH IN MOTION: Using Creative Movement to Explore Math Fundamentals! (Pre-K, K) ▲Early STEM/Arts


Rachel Knudson, Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist


Movement is one of the first ways children express themselves and explore their environments. Creative movement and dance provide unique opportunities for young children to develop and explore early math skills and concepts such as number sense, classification, geometry, measurement and mathematical reasoning. Participants will explore how kinesthetic experiences can enhance math, language and social-emotional learning.


Goal: To expand participants’ use of dance and movement experiences to explore math fundamentals and concepts in virtual, hybrid, and in-person learning environments. 

Yellow to Blue Gradient

June 3, Thursday

9-10:30 am HST


LOOKING FOR MUSICAL CLUES: Uncovering the Hidden Music in Favorite Stories (Pre-K, K)

Christina Farrell, Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist


Uncover the hidden music in favorite stories! During this workshop, participants will identify arts strategies for adapting a book text to include musical elements and practice simple techniques for using rhythm and melody to engage young children in storytelling. Participants will create a child-led musical experience based on favorite fairy tales.


Goal: To provide participants with arts techniques and strategies for virtual, in-person, and hybrid learning environments to facilitate interactive musical storytelling, reinforce literacy skills, and foster development in key learning domains in early childhood.

Candy Cotton

June 4, Friday

9-10:30 am HST

FINDING DRAMA EVERYWHERE: Bringing Nonfiction to Life

(Pre-K, K)

Melissa Richardson, Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist

Every nonfiction topic is an exciting story waiting to happen. Children are gathering research every day through books, media, and sensory observations. Telling and acting out stories encourages teamwork, fosters creative thinking, reinforces vocabulary, and helps children make connections in their learning. Engage in drama games that connect the concepts of character, setting, activity, and plot to virtually any curriculum topic. Investigate techniques for using children’s prior knowledge to create nonfiction-inspired stories and bring them to life through movement and drama.


Goal: To assist participants in developing strategies in virtual, hybrid, and in-person environments to meaningfully engage children in nonfiction topics through movement and storytelling.

Purple - Blue Gradient

June 5, Saturday

9-10:30 am HST


OUTSIDE YOUR DOOR: Exploring the Arts in Nature

(Pre-K, K) ▲Early STEM/Arts

Penny Russell, Wolf Trap Master Teaching Artist


Explore earth, life, and physical sciences through drama, music, and puppetry. Discover how the arts can enhance children’s understanding of weather and seasonal changes, and the natural world outside your door.


Goal: To expand participants’ science curriculum while discovering new strategies for virtual, hybrid, and in-person learning environments,

Mahalo Nui Loa!

Funding and support for this project is provided by Hawai`i Arts Alliance, Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Hawai`i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and Hawai`i Association for Independent Schools.

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Need more Info?

Email Lei Ahsing -,



Hawai`i Arts Alliance

P.O. Box 3948

Honolulu, HI 96812-3948

Phone 808.533.2787


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