Teacher Program: Children, Art, and Language

Jump-start young learners social and communication skills!

Learning to speak is a process involving give and take. It logically begins as we talk to tiny ones, naming things and narrating activities, but for children to learn language, they need to engage in verbal exchanges. Images are perfect subjects for early communication; consider their omnipresence in children’s literature. Reading stories should start with reading pictures, not bypassing them in a rush to get to the text. And the process of using pictures to engage children in conversation can be incorporated to support language development in preschool.

In this talk, renowned museum educator Philip Yenawine makes a case for imagery as a vehicle for language development in early childhood. He demonstrates Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), a tried and true method of using images to spark and extend discussions among three- and four-year-olds. Designed for early childhood educators and parents who wish to jump-start their little ones’ communication and social skills through conversations about visual art, this program includes a discussion, question and answer session, and book signing.


Free. Required.

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Philip Yenawine is the co-founder of Visual Understanding in Education (VUE),  co-author of the VTS curriculum, and a long-time museum educator. As creative director at Watershed Collaborative, Yenawine continues to work closely with teachers and inquiry-based learning, and serves as an ambassador for VTS by speaking at museums and other forums around the world.

His newest book, Visual Thinking Strategies for Preschool: Using Art to Enhance Literacy and Social Skills, will be available for purchase.

This presentation is sponsored by the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

National Museum of Women in the Arts